6:51 AM PDT, August 20, 2021
It all started when Te’shauria Akinleye said her cheer coach messaged her, “Can you please remove the video you posted? It is not an appropriate representation of a Hardin Valley Academy Cheerleader.”
“They called her and said she was dismissed from the team because of those videos. They said they were sexually explicit or sexually inappropriate — her motions that she was doing. They talked about her clothing,” the girl’s mom told Inside Edition.
After she was kicked off the team, Te’shauria said, “My heart just dropped. I couldn’t think about anything. My mind just cleared out.”
Her mom said that she thinks her daughter was unfairly targeted because she is Black. She made a side-by-side video showing her daughter’s dance alongside two white cheerleaders doing a similar dance in daisy dukes.
“Similar moves. One of them had her butt cheeks hanging out, but these girls are still on the cheer team,” her mom said.
Te’shauria has been invited to rejoin the team after the school reviewed the matter.