October 1, 2023


Londonderry Superintendent Daniel Black stated in a letter to households that the “extraordinarily regarding allegations” are towards college students, coaches, and fogeys.

Londonderry’s highschool cheerleading program has been suspended as a result of bullying and harassment allegations. Londonderry Public Colleges

A New Hampshire highschool’s cheerleading program has been shut down as a result of allegations of bullying and harassment involving each this system’s college students and adults.

On Thursday, the Londonderry Faculty Board voted unanimously to droop the highschool’s cheerleading program efficient instantly, in keeping with a letter to households from Superintendent Daniel Black.

“Faculty officers have not too long ago turn into conscious of extraordinarily regarding allegations concerning a poisonous and pervasive tradition of bullying, harassment, and discrimination on the Londonderry Excessive Faculty Cheerleading Squad,” Black wrote. “Sadly, these allegations embody all the cheerleading
program, together with the teaching employees, pupil athletes, and fogeys.”

Faculty officers are within the technique of hiring an unbiased investigator to look into the allegations, the superintendent wrote. The varsity board will resolve whether or not the cheerleading program will proceed for the remainder of the season on Sept. 25.

The varsity’s cheerleading coaches have been positioned on administrative go away till the investigation concludes, Black wrote. Faculty directors assist these choices by the college board, he stated.

“Participation in extracurricular actions is a privilege, and we maintain student-athletes in Londonderry to excessive requirements,” the superintendent wrote. “…After we obtain allegations {that a} program’s total tradition is perpetuating mistreatment of scholars, we should act swiftly.”

Black clarified that as of but, no wrongdoing has been discovered. If the investigation finds that misconduct has occurred, faculty directors will deal with it by “typical disciplinary channels,” he stated.

“Each administrator and Faculty Board member in Londonderry has the shared purpose of serving to college students reach a caring, supportive studying atmosphere,” the superintendent wrote. “The place the integrity of that atmosphere has been compromised, it’s incumbent upon all of us to find out what went fallacious and the way we repair it.”

Black didn’t give any specifics in regards to the allegations or when faculty officers had been alerted to them.

You may learn the superintendent’s letter in full beneath: