“Shake Your Booty or Get Booted!”

Kennedy Tesche, a 6 year-old cheerleader from Detroit, Michigan, was allegedly kicked off her squad –the Madison Heights Wolverines- after Tesche’s parents questioned a coaching decision that had the squad performing a cheer they felt ‘too racy’ for their 6 year-old.

“I think it’s inappropriate. It’s suggestive and outdated,” comments Jennifer Tesche, Kennedy’s mother.

Even though the incident involving the “booty shaking” cheer occurred over a month ago, the Tesche family’s concern was not addressed until earlier this week at a team meeting.

During the meeting, Jennifer Tesche – a former cheerleader and cheer coach – expressed her dissent, much to the dismay of coaches and parents alike who were quick to gang up on the Tesche family.

In a statement regarding the Tesche family’s issue, Susan Murdock, a league member, comments, “This [Madison Heights Wolverines Cheerleading Team] is like a family and to me if you attack your family what are you going to do? You know people are going to be upset.”

Enraged and unwilling to accept the criticism, other Wolverine cheerleaders’ parents came up with another solution. Rather than address the issue of the “booty shaking” cheer, the focus of the discussion quickly turned towards getting rid of the cheerleader and her family.

“This meeting was supposed to be about keeping this cheer or not, and all of a sudden it turned into getting rid of us,” says Kennedy’s father, Dwayne Tesche.

After Wolverine cheerleaders’ parents got rid of the 6 year-old Tesche, her mother Jennifer, contacted a local news organization that was not only willing to hear her story, but offer it enough coverage to gain attention in the national spotlight. Almost immediately, news agencies throughout the United States began taking a closer look at the Tesche family’s story, ultimately earning them a guest spot on Good Morning America.

Last Friday, September 10, 2010, Jennifer Tesche made her guest appearance on Good Morning America, expressing her frustration with Wolverine cheerleaders’ parents for punishing their daughter, Kennedy, for their attempts to get the cheer removed, rather than the parents, Dwayne and Jennifer Tesche, themselves. During the same interview, Tesche pleaded with viewers not to hold her 6 year-old daughter, Kennedy, responsible for the incident, as she was only obeying her parents wishes.

“Why punish her? It’s her that’s hurting,” added Dwayne Tesche. “It’s her that can’t cheer with the organization anymore.”

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6 Response Comments

  • leshaSeptember 20, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    i do not think the 6 yr old TESCHE should have been kicked off the squad, i strongly feel that the parents were in the right to question the cheer that their 6 yr old was performing. That squad should beforced to put that little girl back on the team and they owe her and her family an apology. where is the honor and pride that comes with being a cheerleader. If that honor and pride is being downgraded by a provocative cheer then yes parents have rights and so does the cheerleader if they do not approve of the cheer. This is the problem with the new upcoming kids of america today everyone else has a say in what your child can do but the parents themselves.PUT THAT 6 YR OLD GIRL BACK ON THE TEAM. YOU GUYS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES.

  • Cheerleading Uniforms ProSeptember 22, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Great insight. Even though doing what is right is not always popular and vice-versa, how do you think this recent controversy will effect Kennedy Tesche’s future cheerleading career? Placed in a similar situation, how do you think other cheerleaders’ families would deal with an issue like this? Do single families even stand a chance against entire organizations in situations like the Tesche’s?

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  • ShirleyMarch 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    As parents of a 6 year old it is your job to look out for her and teach her morales. Hooray for the parents in this situation! I have a daughter who recently started all star cheerleading. She was injured last month when her stunt group did not catch her in a basket toss. This was days before a huge Nationals competition that she didn’t get to compete in. It’s a long and ugly story but basically they accused my daughter of lying and said she wasn’t hurt even though she fell 14 feet straight onto her back. Her whole team, the coaches, and the gym owner turned on us and basically it was shut up or leave. The team won but refused to give her a jacket because they don’t believe her. They may say that the team is like a family, but it’s not. They turn on you in a heartbeat, devour you and move on to the next girl.


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