Disturbing video emerges of 13-year-old being forced to do the splits
These disturbing images from a high school in Denver have been horrifying people around the world. Thirteen-year-old Ally Wakefield underwent a truly agonizing experience when taking part in a cheerleading camp at the school. The young girl had been forced into doing the splits while being held down by coach Ozell Williams and three other team members.
Despite her agonizing screams, the group of cheerleaders continued to hold Ally in the painful position. "It was tearing my ligament and my muscle at the same time," the teenager said. "He was pushing down on the back of my right leg. He was pushing with his other knee on my back to try and keep my posture straight." Eight girls were forced to do this move during the camp.
After the video was anonymously sent to the police, the school took appropriate action and fired the coach; Williams is also being investigated for child abuse. Though it's important to get the best out of students, no coach should have to resort to methods which force young people to do something against their will.
Ally certainly won't be making a quick return to cheerleading camp following this traumatic experience.