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High School Investigating 'Gang-Style' Cheerleading Photo

After a cheerleading squad at Redlands East Valley High School in CA posted a photo in "gang-like" costume for its team photo, school district officials are taking the matter seriously. 

According to, the district superintendent put the team on hiatus while the incident was investigated. The photo shows some of the girls had stuffed their shirts to appear pregnant, while others wear bandanas, flash gang signs and hold simulated weapons. 

"I find this picture offensive, and this type of depiction will not be tolerated," said Lori Rhodes, district superintendent of the photo circulating on social media. "I apologize that any Redland USD student organization would be involved in an activity of this type."

Rhodes said the photo was taken during a team-building exercise designed to "build team spirit and camaraderie in a positive manner."

"They should never demean, insult, or portray negative stereotypes, as done in this photo," she said. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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