As reported by Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC, a pep rally at Perry (Ohio) High in which senior boys dressed as pudgy cheerleaders for rival Massillon was deemed to be in extremely poor taste because of one accessory the faux cheerleaders carried with them: A baby doll.
The implication of the insult was clear: Massillon should be embarrassed because a former cheerleader didn’t try out for the 2012 squad because she was pregnant.
While the stunt was intended to get the Perry student body fired up about the rivalry between the schools, it instead infuriated some parents of Perry students themselves, who spoke to WKYC on the condition of anonymity to express their disappointment that classmates of their children were making light of teen pregnancy.
In fact, those same parents are now calling the entire prep rally program an exhibit in mean-spirited teen bullying.
(Hat-tip, Barry’s blog)