WMBF has details that we need to dissect.
Let’s begin with how the university’s president learned about the alleged misconduct. The station interviewed a member of the cheerleading squad soon after multiple teammates had been interviewed by the police.
The cheerleader said the investigator explained to the team an anonymous letter was mailed to school president David DeCenzo on March 7 alleging that team members were involved in “a long list of things,” including prostitution, purchasing alcohol for underage team members, and paying others to complete their homework assignments.
An anonymous letter. Mailed on March 7. And the police were called in almost three weeks later? (I’m presuming the letter arrived within days of being posted.)
Let’s move on.
As university officials investigate what might (or might not) have happened, the cheerleaders are banned from on- or off-campus activities. And that means
they will no longer be able to attend the competition in Daytona Beach, Florida. Officials with the competition said the team is still registered and paid in full, and they have not heard the team will not be coming. Team members raised money for their own travel expenses to the competition, and are now upset that they are unable to attend, the cheerleader said.
If you think the cheerleaders are upset and confused, you’re right. The Myrtle Beach Sun News posted a statement from them.
“At this point in time, we no longer wish to be contacted about the current situation. The false accusations have led to harassment on campus as well as through social media, and are beginning to negatively impact our daily lives as well as our studies. As a team we ask the community to support us through these tough times as we hope the situation will be cleared up shortly.”
An anonymous letter leads to the local police quickly interviewing members of the team. The police make no arrests. Yet the entire team is suspended, pending a university investigation. University officials say almost nothing, and the cheerleaders release a statement and then ask to be left alone.
Am I the only one thinking that something is missing here?