A CHEERLEADER was kicked off her school’s team by her “racist” coach who claimed her TikTok videos were “sexually inappropriate.”
Te’shauria Akinleye said she was recently removed from her high school cheer squad at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee, for social media posts that were “not cheerleader appropriate,” ABC-affiliate WATE reported.
The teen told the news outlet: “I know the video wasn’t very appropriate for the cheer team, but I wasn’t in uniform or anything.”
Toksy Akinleye, Te’shauria’s mom, told WATE her daughter received a message from her cheer coach saying: “Hey, This is not cheerleader appropriate for Hardin Valley or not appropriate for a Hardin Valley Cheerleader, delete it.”
She explained that the Tik Tok video her daughter posted, of her full body, led to the harsh feedback from Te’shauria’s coach.
Toksy then described what happened during the August 12 phone call she received from her daughter’s coach and coach’s assistant.
“It started off with, you know, ‘Hey, We had that video that we asked Te’shauria to delete and we know she deleted it, but then since that time she’s had three subsequent videos which are sexually inappropriate or explicit,” Toksy explained.
She said she received that phone call just days after the initial video was shared on social media — and that was when she was told her daughter was kicked off the team.
Toksy explained to WATE that there were “certain motions” her daughter was doing in the videos that the cheer squad was told they couldn’t do.
As for why her daughter was kicked off the team, Toksy thinks “it’s because she’s black.”
She told WATE: “If you look at some of the videos and compare her body and her dancing to some of the other girls and their body and their dancing, she has more of a body than they do.”
Last week, Te’shauria’s mom took to her daughter’s Instagram to share her side of the story and the video that led to the high school cheer coach’s decision.
As Toksy explained, “three differences” between her daughter’s video and other girls who did a similar dance on TikTok.
She wrote: “Te’shauria has a more developed body with a fuller derrière therefore her body moves a little differently than that of her Caucasian teammate.
“Te’shauria was dismissed from her high school cheer team for this IG post as they deemed her clothing /dance moves ‘sexual’ and inappropriate.”
“Te’shauria’s high school cheer coach(es) took it upon themselves to report her mother to DCS for sexual exploitation of a child because of her daughters IG dance post (investigated, unfounded, and dismissed), however her fellow Caucasian teammate’s mother was not,” she concluded.
Meanwhile, Te’shauria told WATE that she wasn’t told what “she needed to prevent from doing in the videos” and she thinks the situation could’ve been handled differently if her coaches better communicated their