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

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

To: mini cheer ...

To mini cheer mom, that is what is wrong with kids today, everything gets pushed under the carpet. They need to be taught a lesson! I am sure that alot of parents don't know alot of things there kids do. I for one make it a priority to know what is going on in my kids lives and they won't make those bad mistakes or they will pay the consequences! Why would you want your daughter to be taught by these girl's? not me...
How many parents check their kids myspaces and see what they are writing in their profiles or how they talk to their friends on their! More parents need to monitor and read these!

mini cheer mom ...

it's not about pushing it under the carpet, it's letting it go and sometimes as parents we need to teach our kids that especially when they've payed the price already.and you really are fooling yourself if you think you can prevent your childdren from making mistakes. you have to give them the tools to make intelligent decisions, guide them and yes sometimes step back and let them learn from their mistakes. and what does myspace have to do with mini cheer - lets focus for a minute. for the record yes i would let "these girls" teach my kids, babysit my kids, play with my kids, cheer with my kids and yes i would trust them to go to a cheer camp with them. alot of times the mistakes that we make are our lessons.

swiss family (A...

SUCK A D1CK B1TCHES... I HATE YOU H0ES...

cheerleaders no...

why is everyone blaming the cheerleaders? it seems to me the wrong individuals are being attacked. the advisors are the ones that should know better, after all they were the ones in charge at the time. quit picking on the cheerleaders and focus on who really needs to be blamed.

Cheerleading wo...

get you through life, mom...education is the key to that. Quit living your dreams via your child...

A FARMER IN MVI...

"swiss family" do you know how bad you just insulted the people who feed you!!!....well if you dont you had better think twice before you ever say something like that again! you insulted me and my whole family because guess wht!!!! we are all farmers if you gotta problem with farmers you come and live in our world!!! AND AS FOR THE CHEERLEADING PRANK COMMENTS, THEY HAVE GOT TO STOP IM SICK OF THIS CANT YOU PEOPLE FIND ANYTHING BETTER TO DO THAN TALK TRASH ALL DAY!!!

ben had (Anonymous)

Hey farmer - you are just like the schools, you take my tax dollars. Oh yeah - we've always had a garden; God feeds us not you.

hey farmer (Ano...

Hey Monroeville farmer, how much of my federal tax dollars subsidize your business. Care to compare that percentage with the percentage you contribute to the local schools via property taxes? I'm not so sure any large farming crops in this area contribute directly to the feeding of people. More likely the feeding of livestock, and corn by-product market. I'm just saying...ya know?

just another (A...

amazing, corn & beans & they call it farming; hell they are just part of the problem, Cargill, Anderson's, etc.

mini cheer mom ...

to cheerleading wont - that's so funny that you assume education isn't important to me. my children's education is my top priority, along with everything else that is important to them. i don't live my dreams thru them they are my dream. so you know what they say about making assumptions....

nameless (Anonymous)

I personlly think the mother that has caused all of this should be ashamed of her self. Do you realize how much hurt and pain you have caused? And for what? I think the comment from "a mother myself" said it all.

so then (Anonymous)

cheerleaders are just sl*ts then. always have been always will be.

proud (Anonymous)

I am proud of the students in Monroeville ... and their school!

cheerleader (An...

to "so then" - excuse me but i am a cheerleader and i am not a sl*t! you dont know me so dont run your mouth about that.

Hey Mini Cheer ...

Do you know what top priority means? Evidently your parents didn't have your edumacation as top priority(along with everything else of course).

swiss family......

i will stand by my previous comment about you poverty stricken , bad schooled farmers ... getting their butts kicked by the St Paul Flyers this year , and i don't think that i am insulting anyone !!! you are obviously poverty stricken .. you can't pass a school levy if your life depended on it .. and bad schooled .. your facilities are the shame of the conference and the entire area , and yes you are made up of mostly farmers !! i didn't say that it was a bad thing .. i would just think that you farm boys would be able to stomp the so called St Paul "fish" but that's not gonna happen !!! so please bring your monroeville crying towels to the game this year , because you are going to need it

Not Coach Ringh...

I thought the Swiss were neutral?

outside looking...

This is ridiculous! Can't we all just get along? Stop bad-mouthing each other, PLEASE......play nice!

leave cheerlead...

everyone is blaming the wrong people, so it seems. the people that were in charge of the cheerleaders are the ones who are responsible for the misfortunate incident at camp. leave the cheerleaders alone. the advisors knew about the prank and didn't stop it, so they should be the primary focus here, not the cheerleaders! if this matter would have happened at school, the outcome of discipline to the advisors would probably be different.

concerned citiz...

hey norwalk reflector: do you call this a "spirited debate with a modicum of respect for your neighbors?"
Shame on you....
shut this down now before it goes any further...

Modicum of Resp...

It is indeed spirited. Which seems a bit "topical."

Lisa (Anonymous)

U know what that is really crazy that our girls cant even go to a cheerleading. We give this people the oppertunity to watch our girls and to help them out in something that they enjoy doing and now we have got to think twice about what kind of people are teaching our kids.

Not Coach Ringh...

Come'on people don't make me say it again. FOCUS!! If this football team doesn't get straightened out there won't be no need for no silly cheerleaders. Edison's due in Friday and they had Norwalk beat until the Truckers got lucky at the end. Norwalk threw us around like a rag doll. It ain't looking good over here.

To the Swiss Ch...

Comment deleted for obscene content.

Re: Hey Mini Ch...

ROTFLMAO! edumacation...LOL! LOL!

proud of Monroe...

we are proud of our facilities. there is alot of people working hard to try and make it better, don't forget the farmers are the backbone of this country we've got alot of pride in this community it is easier said than done we've accomplished alot in this small community and the last time i looked the stands were full at the games

Laughing at Mon...

Lol. Stop blaming the Reflector, Monroeville. Blame your citizens' commentary for the hurts that are being caused. You are thriving on your own selfish desire to have a voice among countless other anonymous opinions in this debate. It is as if some of you are addicted to this debate and website. lol. Perhaps you should leave your numbers and call one another up and discuss this issue in person. Haha. You are providing quite a bit of entertainment for the surrounding communities. You don't even know who you are arguing with. You can argue this for 3 months and will still not reach an agreement so perhaps you should stop making a mockery of yourselves, your school, and your community and save what little dignity that you have left.You're allowing your community division to be publicly displayed so that you may have an anonymous voice in a debate that will never be resolved! All of our local school districts have controversial situations but most of them try to handle it with a little more class than bashing one another on a web blog.

To: swiss famil...

I don't know which football field in Monroeville you were at, but ours is the envy of the conference. As for the school, you seem to forget that Monroeville is made up of good hard working people, who try to give their kids the best education they can get. Unfortunately, we don't have enough rich people here to finance a big new school like some other communities.

Laughing at Mon...

Oh and to those wonderful citizens, students, and staff of Monroeville who are being victimized by these lesser citizens of your community--please just stop reading this material because as you know they will probably not stop posting it--as you also hopefully know it is just not worth your time.

From the indsid...

To all residents you need to get your head out of your .... and quit b..... That is all you people do. Why don't you worry about the real issues and get them right first. Your school building if I were to inspect it as a health concern and I am qulified I would have had it shut down. Your Super. Carol Girton a dubble dipper in retirement you should get her out because she is just getting the pay check. Another thing is quit hiring people that know members of school board members. You are missing out on big opputunities. Also pay attention to the little details that are going on because it will bite you in the rear sooner or later.

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