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Cheerleading controversy in San Marcos

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Some people believe cheerleading is not a right, but a privilege.

At San Marcos High School, all 32 girls who tried out, made the team.

It didn't start out that way.

Cheer Dad, Robert Weathers says the coach told parents she only wanted eight girls on varsity and about 12 or so on the JV squad.

"She wanted to keep that squad to where it was a manageable number," said Robert.

"Right before the pep rally they were told they were not allowed to mention that they had made the squad," said Cheer Mom, Sandra Contreras.

Contreras says she asked the cheer coach why the announcement was delayed.

Contreras added, "She said there's an issue with the scores and Mr. Mayhew is going to contest the scores."

Mr. Paul Mayhew is a San Marcos Consolidated ISD board member.

"It's not like she didn't make the squad at all, she did, he's just not happy she didn't make varsity and made JV," added Sondra Weathers.

Sondra's daughter made the team first time around, just like Mrs. Contreras' daughter.

"She was upset. She was crying," said Contreras.

These parents say their questions fell on deaf ears.

Contreras added, "I personally kept calling the superintendent, wanting answers, wanting to know what was going on and demanding answers."

FOX 7 reached out to Superintendent Mark Eads too.

In an email, he agrees to give us an interview. But in a later email, he goes back on his word and says he cannot discuss the issue.

"He then went to the school and he spoke to the girls and told them that he was going to add four extra slots and that everybody else would be making the junior varsity team," added Contreras.

Twelve girls on varsity, including Mr. Mayhew's daughter and the remaining 20 on JV.

"It just gives the total appearance of...an abuse of power," said Robert.

Contreras said, "Now you're telling us the scores didn't matter."

"They were treated unfairly," added Sondra.

Contreras said, "She didn't even have to show up and she would have made the squad."

"There's a chance we may not even get to go to camp because we have more girls...there's an opportunity for London, Houston, parade that they will not get that experience," Sondra added.

"We never got formal information from any school administrator," said Contreras.

"It's been a process of intimidation," Robert added.

"It just wasn't handled properly," said Contreras.

"It looks like everything came down in Mr. Mayhew's favor...where he won on all accounts and the parent’s one on zero accounts," Robert said.

Instead of cheering, these two seniors are left questioning if they even want to be on the team at all.

We also reached out to Mr. Mayhew for comment on this story, but he never got back to us.

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