Prank at cheer camp nothing to cheer about

MONROEVILLE- An incident at a July cheerleading camp attended by Monroeville High School students was hardly anything to cheer about. To that, all involved parties agree. However, they view the situation differently. According to two accounts, the following happened on July 17, the first day of the four-day camp at Denison College in Granville: Two male counselors from the organization that runs the camp, Cheer Ohio, entered the sophomore girls' dorm with some Monroeville seniors.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010
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MONROEVILLE— An incident at a July cheerleading camp attended by Monroeville High School students was hardly anything to cheer about. To that, all involved parties agree. However, they view the situation differently.

According to two accounts, the following happened on July 17, the first day of the  four-day camp at Denison College in Granville: Two male counselors from the organization that runs the camp, Cheer Ohio,  entered the sophomore girls’ dorm with some Monroeville seniors.

The younger girls were told there was a “Code Yellow” in effect because there was a gunman on campus. Therefore, the sophomores were told they should follow the counselors and older students into an isolated room and remain until further notice. One of the sophomore girls asked where their advisors were, and was told they were in a meeting with Cheer Ohio officials discussing the “gunman.”

A couple of the sophomores began to cry, believing the threat to be real. Then, at one point, one of the senior girls announced it was all a prank, which was confirmed by Cheer Ohio counselors.

Some of the sophomores said they did not think the prank was funny at all.

Two parents of Monroeville High School students contacted the Reflector this week about the incident. One of them said her daughter was “really upset,” and the mother met with Monroeville Jr. High/High School Principal David Stubblebine and Superintendent Carol Girton on Monday. The mother, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was told Stubblebine placed a disciplinary letter in the file of cheerleading head coach Amanda Kreps.

Stubblebine said Kreps exercised poor judgment in that she knew the prank was transpiring, yet she allowed it to continue.

The letter of reprimand reads, in part: “Although you did not initiate or take part in the incident, you were aware and did not take steps to stop it.

“Your lack of action in this incident has caused great emotional stress among the cheerleaders and their parents, and has damaged the trust that those students and parents have in your leadership ability.

“I expect there will be no similar lapses in judgment, and that you will work to re-establish trust between yourself and the students and their parents. Should there be further incidents in which poor judgment is displayed, you will be subjected to further disciplinary action.”

“That is one of the harshest letters I’ve written to an employee,” Stubblebine said.

The parent said she and other parents felt Kreps should not have been hired because, at 22, she was too young. She said the incident at Denison College just confirms that.

Stubblebine countered that Kreps was in the Army, serving in Afghanistan from July 2003 to September 2005.

“I think that speaks to her maturity,” he said. Stubblebine added that when he met with Kreps in his office, she took responsibility for her inaction. The seniors who were in on the prank apologized as well, Stubblebine said.

Stubblebine countered that Kreps was in the Army, serving in Afghanistan from July 2003 to September 2005.

“I think that speaks to her maturity,” he said. Stubblebine added that when he met with Kreps in his office, she took responsibility for her inaction. The seniors who were in on the prank apologized as well, Stubblebine said.

Kreps said she regrets what happened.

“I made a bad judgment call on allowing the incident to occur and I’m very sorry if I upset anyone,” she said, adding that in hindsight she wouldn’t have done it. “Nothing like that will ever happen again.”

Stubblebine said no further action will be taken unless Kreps makes “similar lapses in judgment.”

“I believe in giving second chances, I think it’s the charitable thing to do,” he said.

Stubblebine said Cheer Ohio staff promised him there would be no more pranks played — regardless of how harmless they may seem. So, he will continue to send cheerleaders to their camp.

Lenee' Buchman, the person listed as a contact for Cheer Ohio camps, did not return a call seeking comment.

Stubblebine said counselors told him the prank was played in a theatrical manner. He added one student told him she could not imagine anybody would have perceived the “threat” as authentic. In fact, he said one of the girls crying was play acting because she was in on the prank. Still, Stubblebine said he is in no way condoning what happened.

“It was inappropriate,” he said. “In the days we’re living in it’s not funny, it’s inappropriate.”

Girton said she doesn’t condone the prank either. She commended Stubblebine for his handling of the matter. “I think Mr. Stubblebine handled the situation very well,” she said.

Comments

Chris (Anonymous)

You know what is really ignorant about this situation, the parents that contacted the Reflector more than a month after the fact just wanted publicity about the whole thing, otherwise why wait a month to report it to the local media. All of us didn't need to hear about it. Let it be handled within the Monroeville School system - not the court of public opinion. Am I agreeing with the "prank"? Hell no! I think it was classless to say the least.

Coach Ringholz ...

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smalltowner (An...

Be glad its not 1999 when a senior student got charged with assault for biting a fellow team member, who complained to his mommy and she called the cops or 2000 when a student made an off the wall comment about a bomb in school and another student ran home to mommy and took the comment out of text,but both the young men still ended up with a criminal records. Maybe its about time people realized that what happens at school is what should be handled by the school ,These are kids we are talking about and they will do dumb things as we all did at that age but parents today are to quick to jump the gun and blow everything out of proportion. Stop and remember some of the things we did at this age . Did we all go to jail. I think not. I may not agree with the current administration at this school but in this case what happened at school stayed at the school and was handled by the school. NO ONE got a criminal record out of a stupid prank.

Josh Smith Mvil...

I went ot mville high school. I have lived in monroeville my whole life. For you people to say that Mr Stubblebine is not strict enough, I beg to differ. In my freshman year of high school I walked into school with my brand new tee shirt on. It had a picture of an owl on it and said Mighty Hooters. I walked into the school and not 10 seconds later our new principal Mr. Stubblebine approached. He told me i had 2 options I could A change my shirt or B be suspended. This is not in any way saying he is a mean or unfair person it it just stating the fact that he knows how to enforce rules. I agree with what action was taken 100 percent. I think "some people" need to lighten up and realize THEY ARE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS!!! They played a PRANK like all of us have done at one time in our lives. If they would have let it got on for a prolonged period of thime then ya i would say it was wrong but it was a joke. Lighten up people havent we as a community been through enough in the past few years. Think about the people that really have it bad like the Sparks family, or the sec. for Monroeville schools for so long that lost her husband, or even the Gerber family who lost a brother and son. So lets quit being selfish and think about what really happened. ITS NOT A BIG DEAL. GET A LIFE!!!!!!!

An Objective Pa...

The majority of these comments make me sick. Yes this prank was wrong, but it was handled the way most other school districts handle similar situations. You don't know the story. You weren't there, you are listening to hearsay. Most of you whiny people from Monroeville that are writing slanderous things have nothing better to do then sit around gossiping about a situation of which you may not have all of the facts. If you are not educated enough to post something with correct grammar or spelling then don't post anything at all. How classless is the name calling and slander as well as the cussing on a public website. You are poorly representing our town of Monroeville and you should be ashamed of yourself. You people who post things like "Mrs. Girton leave and watch us get a new school." disgust me to the very core. We pass levies and build schools for the children, not because we have a personal vendetta against a person. You would be so petty to sit there and not vote for a new school or addition because you don't like the administration. Meanwhile the children are stuffed into small classrooms where they have no room to move, they have to eat lunch at 10:30 a.m. to get the entire school into the cafeteria, we have a trailer park posing as classrooms, and it's only getting worse. You vote on levies for the good of kids not because you went to the school and were punished by some of these administrators and now you are trying to get them back. The only people you hurt is children. To those of you complaining that the coach is too young. What were you doing at that age? Many of you were probably raising at least one child by then. Should people have told you you were too young and not qualified to be a parent? Or did you work at it and do the best job you could? Did you make mistakes? It amazes me that all the perfect people in the world must live in Monroeville. Karen Reer resigned. Let it go. One of the things she was good at was catering to the whiny parents that didn't get their own way. I dare any of you to step into the shoes of a school superintendent, principal,teacher or coach for just one day. You have no idea the kinds of things they have to deal with daily. How about instead of complaining and gossiping you actually get off your behind and do some good for the schools. Volunteer to work in the cafeteria, go in and help tutor, volunteer to chaperone trips, work a sporting, music, or academic event, and be an active member of a parent or booster organization. Offer to help in some way. But please stop being a ridiculous embarrassment to the town of Monroeville. Be positive, demand excellence of yourself first and then others will follow by example.

Josh Smith Mvil...

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yes (Anonymous)

AGREED WITH THE SENIOR.... HIGH FIVE.

a parent (Anonymous)

I think everyone even thinking about posting here needs to read "an objective parent's" post. Intelligent, spelled correcting and written with a large dose of "class"

working family ...

Hey objective parent my wife works full time & I work full time plus a part time job. You must be at least 50 years old. Sure wish I had time or energy to help out at the school. We have 2 girls in school and just bought a house. You probably still think it is 1970.

Hey (Anonymous)

Why is the Reflector doing stories on month old news? This was done and over till you got in a pinch for a story.

PROUD OF MY NIE...

HOW SAD IT IS THAT ALL OF THE NEG. COMMENTS WRITTEN ARE GOING TO AFFECT ALL OF THESE GIRLS. I LIVE IN M`VILLE AND ITS VERY CLEAR TO ME, THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE DON`T CARE IF THE KIDS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED, TO RECIEVE A BETTER EDUCATION. PASSING A LEVY SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH WHO HOLDS WHAT JOB.WHEN ARE SOME PARENTS GOING TO REALIZE THIS? I DON`T CARE THAT I WILL HAVE TO PAY A LITTLE MORE TAXES EACH YEAR. TO THE MOTHER WHO CALLED THE NORWALK ST. PAUL PAPER ,WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU THINK YOU ACCOMPLISHED? ALL OF THE GIRLS ARE HURTING. AND YOU WILL FIND OUT, THAT YOU PROBABLY HAVE HURT YOUR DAUGHTER THE MOST. FOR YOU`VE TAUGHT HER THAT WHEN YOUR 17 YEARS OLD, YOU CAN`T MAKE A MISTAKE. BECAUSE SOMEWHERE THERE WILL BE AN ADULT WHO WILL NEVER LET IT GO.WHY NOT TRY TO FORGIVE? I DON`T KNOW AMANDA, BUT I KNOW THIS, EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE. HOPEFULLY YOUR DAUGHTER NEVER FEELS SHE CAN NOT MAKE A MISTAKE.BECAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE TEACHING HER.I AM PROUD OF MY NIECE AND ALWAYS WILL BE.

Monroeville Par...

This needs to stop. All the girls involved are suffering from this. Hindsight is 20/20....Haven't we all did something that we wished we could take back?
These girls realize that this prank was not a good idea.
They are sorry, they have apologized to the people that were directly affected by this. Everyone else should butt out. As the mother of a former Monroeville Cheerleader I personally know every one of these girls.
They are a great bunch of young women but they are still teenagers. They made a bad judgement call. Who among us hasn't? Want to step foward first?

matt (Anonymous)

THE MONROEVILLE CHEERLEADERS ARE AWESOME AND ONE OF THE BEST SQUADS IN THE AREA.. WHAT THEY DID WAS WRONG AND I'M SURE THE STORY IN THE REFLECTOR WAS NOT 100% CORRECT. THE
WHOLE STORY SHOULD OF PROBALLY NEVER BEEN PRINTED. IT'S A SHAME THIS HAPPENED AT ALL BUT WE ALL LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES, THINK ABOUT WHAT WE ALL DID WHEN WE WERE TEENAGERS. THE PEOPLE AT FAULT ARE NOT MR. STUBBLEBINE OR
MRS. GITRON ITS THE PEOPLE AT THE CAMP THAT ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN AND THE COACH. IF A STUDENT WAS PUNISHED FOR WEARING A SHIRT WITH THE HOOTERS LOGO WHAT ABOUT THIS COACH? I'M NOT SAYING FIRE HER OR SUSPEND HER AT ALL BUT MAYBE A SIT DOWN MEETING WITH THE SOPHOMORE CHEERLEADING MOMS ALONG WITH THE SENIORS TO SAY I'M SORRY MIGHT HELP. TO THE MOTHER OR MOTHERS THAT WERE SO UPSET OVER THIS ISSUE IF THESE GIRLS REALLY CAUSED YOUR DAUGHTERS PANIC YOU SHOULD OF CALLED THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THE TIME IT HAPPENED AND PRESSED CHARGES THEN, YOUNG ADULTS CAN BE ARRESTED AND PUT IN JAIL AND THEN SENT TO COURT AND JUVI, OR PROBATION SO IF IT WAS SUCH A CONCERN IT SHOULD OF BEEN ADDRESSED AT THE TIME IT HAPPENED. MY WISH FOR THE SENIORS CHEERLEADERS IS TO HAVE A GOOD YEAR THIS IS YOUR LAST ENJOY IT, TO THE CHEER COACH I'M SURE YOU LEARNED A LESSION AND I HOPE THINGS WILL GET BACK TO NORMAL FOR YOU, YOU DO HAVE HUGE SHOES TO FILL NOT JUST KAREN'S ALL THE OTHER CHEER COACHES TOO. GOOD LUCK TO THE EAGLES IN 07-08
SCHOOL YEAR AND TO MR. STUBBLEBINE NEXT TIME YOU GO TO SUSPEND OR ISSUE A PUNISHMENT STOP AND THINK OR THESE CHEERLEADERS AND THE COMMENT YOU MADE..WE ALL DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE THAT GOES FOR ONE GOES FOR ALL..AND FINALLY TO DEAR MRS. GIRTON YOU DO THE BEST WITH WHAT YOU GOT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE WHOLE MONROEVILLE SCHOOL SYSTEM..MAYBE YOU SHOULD MAKE THESE GIRLS FOR THERE PUNISHMENT RAISE MONEY SO MHS CAN GET A NEW TRACK SO THEY CAN HAVE HOME TRACK METS SINCE WE CAN'T GET A NEW SCHOOL. GOOD LUCK WITH THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

the un silent ...

I have an idea... maybe we should put more trailer by RT 20 not wash them for 3yrs, so it looks more like an eye sore. Then we have to get a new school (RIGHT)????????
O,and I"m sure that the cheerleaders broke a clause in the code of conduct they signed ......

Not affraid to ...

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RE: Does it mat...

All this talk about Mr. Keys growing up? It seems you are trashing him and his family, including his children. How mature is that? If you disagree with there actions, do just that, not go into a total bashing of his family. Grow up a little yourself honey!

cheer prank not...

A prank is a prank and just because they are cheerleaders doesn't mean they should get special treatment!! I don't care how awesome they think they are; they should have to sit out a few games......

Not Coach Ringh...

Come on people,let's get our priorities straight. A cheerleading prank? The football team got blasted by Keystone,that's right Keystone. Let's focus on what's important.

norwalk taxpaye...

Good for you Mr Key for being a responsible parent and actually being concerned with what you child is doing. Shame on the other parents of the monroeville that do not think this is a big deal. I can only hope that if this happened in our town it would have been delt with properly by the school and the administrators. And did not have to escalate to this point to get attention. The simple fact that this was almost swept under the rug is very alarming. I am sure if a student or a teacher pulled this in the school they would have been delt with very everly. The fact that this was still a school function and their children were being chaperoned by this adviser makes you ask yourself why she would not get delt with the same way. A letter of repremand, I am sure any teacher would vouch and say that is not the same punishment they would have received. Great job Mr Key. I wish there were more parents like you that are involved and watching out for their childens lives instead of walking around with their eyes closed so they don't have to deal with the time spent in being a true parent.

Amazing (Anonymous)

Another great job by the Reflector! A camp prank that happened in mid July makes front page news at the end of August!! It must have been a very slow news day.

To the Senior girls that are reading all these comments..don't let it get to you. It's obvious the target is your Coach. Sorry parents, but even your beloved Karen is not perfect.

As for the prank, I recall not so long ago a Football player from Norwalk who made and detinated a bomb and got less attention then this.

MATT HOHLER AND...

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Does it matter?...

Mr. Key wrote: “Instead, she informed all the girls she was the boss and nobody's parent will do a thing about it and then thanked them for making her famous in this town. By the way Amanda, my daughter is very fit, so making her run and do crunches only helps her.”

That is very interesting Mr. Key all season long people have been telling your daughter what happens at practice stays at practice. It is funny to find out that it was in fact your daughter who was the mole. All along she has been lying to her team mates saying it wasn’t me who is complaining to my parents. How do you think this is going to go over with the team? Do you parents’ ever stop and think about what you are doing not only to your daughter but the team. Trust me your daughter is definitely going to be ridiculed not only by other students throughout the school but the community of Monroeville. Also this whole story is brining down the name of Monroeville.

Mr. Key you also wrote: “On that subject, where were the advisors every night of the fair while my daughter was working EVERY night untill 11:00 p.m”

It is to my understanding that the sign-up sheet for the times your daughter had to work was voluntarily. She voluntarily signed up for the night shift.

You also wrote: “If my child comes to class closes the door and yells "CODE YELLOW" do you think he/she would get in trouble or just a write up.”

First of all what kind of person is going to believe someone if they say “Code Yellow?” Look at the terror level chart, yellow is moderate. If someone had a gun wouldn’t it be code red? Seriously is your daughter somewhat challenged? To believe someone when they say “Code Yellow” seriously brings down their intelligence level.

Mr. Key… Mr. Key now you are being quiet hypocritical: “To: an objective parent. 1.) I support the MCAL every year. 2.) I donate money to the boosters every year. 3.) I pay for well over my fair share of hard earned money to the cheer program. 4.) I support passing a levy in this town as I have two more children coming up in this school system. 5.) I am a young parent and have worked very hard at making sure my child is safe, a roof over her head, food in her mouth, and god willing, a future. I don't care if this woman is 18 or 80, leading our children takes a little more than what she has to offer. 6.) My wife helps with any school activity she can involving our kids.”

You say that you do the community of Monroeville all of these services but what kind of service are you doing by taking a story as minuet as this one and taking it to the newspaper smearing the name of Monroeville Cheerleaders. Then as a side reaction to this event you ultimately smeared the name of Monroeville. I can see why your daughter is so whinny maybe if her parents would act like adults not children she would be better raised. It is going to take a lot more of your “work for the school” to get this mess cleaned up.
You are starting to make me sick Mr. Key with your hypocrisy: “Take a stand for what you believe in for once and teach your child it's not o.k. to be pushed around by people and their ego.”

You say it is wrong to push people around, well what do you think you are doing to the senior girls. They are scared. You and your ego are scaring children, how does that make you feel like a man? Because boy should you feel like a man… you can scare high school girls... YOU ARE SO COOL. You are my idol I want to grow up and be just like you whenever something happens to my children I am going to call the papers and get them smeared. Because that is what being a parent is all about. GROW UP!!!

Mr. Key, Mr. Key: “don't plan on leaving any time soon and I don't plan on watching my other two children get walked all over either.”

Maybe you should because after this incident your kids are going to be the ones that everyone is afraid to talk to, let alone be friends with. What kind of kid is going to want to hang out with them if they are in constant fear of being turned in to the paper. “Daddy, Daddy, Tim put a frog in my lunch box. Well son we will just have to call the paper on that kid and get his name smeared.”

Get your facts right Mr. Key: “P.S. We are still waiting for an apology.”

Maybe you should ask your daughter if the senior girls said they are sorry. Right now I know of a senior how has said she said she said sorry to the sophomore girls for a half hour. A half hour apology is more than enough for a prank.

Hey wrote: “" Why is the Reflector doing stories on month old news? This was done and over till you got in a pinch for a story. "”

This is exactly the point this issue has been dealt with and is old news. Why is the reflector smearing school names?

Does it matter?...

Another thing was brought to my attention after the fact of writing part 2. If you don't agree with the way Amanda is running the cheer program why don't you withdraw your daughter from the program. Better yet why not withdraw her from the school since you don't agree with the administration. Because your daughter has two more years with the same people in charge. Not only that she has at least 9 more weeks of football cheerleading practices plus all of basketball and competition practices. Maybe you shouldn't be picking a fight with your daughters workout regiment instructor. Running can get quite exhausting when done for hours at a time. And Amanda and Jenn are in charge so if I was them I would be instructing your daughter to bring a nice pair of running shoes because if I was them she is going to be a world class runner. Another thing is your wife also is a liar she lied to her fellow cheer moms about how she called the paper. Your whole family is a bunch of liars and maybe this town would be better off without you. That would certainly take care of some of the whinning going on.

David Key (Anon...

To: Does it Mater
For your information, we did not iniate going to the paper.
That my daughter did not lie about. We received a phone call the day before the story ran in which no comment was made until this point. The only comment made was confirmation a meeting took place with the principal and superintendant. The rest of the information or lack there of they already had.
If you do not have an open relationship with your child, and your child can't talk to you, I feel sorry for them.
If they can't talk to you about a sport they are in, then god forbid what else they won't talk to you about.
Oh, they are talking to their advisors and taking direction from them. As you can see they are getting great advice. You will understand when you grow up and have children of your own. You will also understand that the feelings of your parents are not your own.
As parents we have to do what is in your best interest, not what you want.
If another kid has a problem with mine because of me standing up for something, then they are not the type of kids I want my children to be around.
Someday you will understand!

Does it matter?...

Ok Dr. Phil... oops I mean Dr. Key, maybe doctor is a bit to intelligent for you, probably should drop that down to parent-who-is-acting-like-a-child. For your information I have a very open relationship with my parents. I tell them what needs to be told. Don't judge people you don't even know. Right now you are probably thinking well why don't I write my name then. Well guess what some of us aren't priveleged enough to have the rights that adults have. Actions of minors can come back to getting their parents' in trouble. I personally love my parents and don't want them to get into any trouble caused by my loud mouth. But I am going to stick up for the girls in my grade who I have known for many years and are getting shunned by adults who have never heard a first hand account of the story, or who think that their little angle told the story perfectly as it was. Trust me this article definitely has discrepancies from the two accounts I have heard.

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Dr Phil (Anonymous)

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swiss family......

to "k.m.a. swiss family..." wow , you must be crazy or something ?? what's the problem .. i am not a hypocrite, like you say that i am ... i said that monroeville was a poverty stricken community , well, it is !! why can't they pass a school levy ?? someone said that monroeville is trying to give their kids the best education possible ... what a joke that is .. kids get a better education when they are in a comfortable environment , not a bunch of "trailers" hooked up to resemble classrooms !!! then you said i insulted farmers .. no i did not .. i respect and admire farmers , they are hard working and normally productive people ... how is that insulting .. then you said that i have the worst surname on here , and why don't i grow a pair and use my real name ?? well take a look at the name you chose?? yours has to be worse than mine .. you just used my name , and added on to it ?? clever ? then someone else said that the last time they checked .. the stands were full at the games .. well of course they are .. if you aren't watching football , in monroeville , the only other form of entertainment is to watch the corn grow ?? how much fun is that .. someone told me a long time ago , and it appears to be more true every day , " show me a monroeville eagle , and i will show you a st. paul flier wanna be "

riiight (Anonymous)

the correct teacher for dating one of his former students was...Mr. Ash ...not Mr. Paul get it right or don't post

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