Here’s an example of stereotyping that hurts youngsters of both genders:
Bobby Thorn wanted to be the only boy on his school’s cheerleading squad, but that didn’t happen.
The 13-year-old attends East Hardin Middle School in Glendale, but the controversial decision to cut him from the team expands beyond the district’s boundaries.
Bobby’s mother filed a discrimination claim with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights two years ago, and now a settlement has been reached.
Bobby works with coach Jen Brewer at a gym called Becca’s Fliptown, something he’s been doing since he was about 5. He’s been successful, too, winning trophies for gymnastics and cheerleading. * * *
Despite his flips, his tryout was a flop. He didn’t make the team.
â€œI was devastated,”he said.
So was Bobby’s mother, Melissa Barner, who said she has sworn statements from other parents stating the coach admitted cutting Bobby because she didn’t want a boy on her team. * * * Barner took the case to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. A settlement has been reached.
The full news article is here.
-Ralph Michael Stein