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Entire Coastal Carolina University’s cheerleading team suspended amid allegations of prostitution

April 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Entire Coastal Carolina University’s cheerleading team suspended amid allegations of prostitution

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Coastal Carolina University’s cheerleading team suspended amid allegations of prostitution
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School spirit might have been taken to a new level after members of Coastal Carolina University’s cheerleading team were accused of prostitution, buying alcohol for minors, and paying off others to complete their homework.

The team has been indefinitely suspended pending an investigation, a statement from a university official revealed.

Many of the dirty details were released on Thursday when an enraged cheer team member did an interview with a local news channel.

She told WMBF News that the team had been suspended based on accusations made in an anonymous note sent to University President Dave DeCenzo on March 7th, and in addition to prostitution, delinquency, and cheating, the letter details “a long list of things” in which the girls reportedly engaged.

The cheerleader said that officials with the Department of Public Safety met the squad after practice on Wednesday and interviewed each one individually until 11 p.m.

An anonymous letter sent to College President David DeCenzo on March 7, accused the squad of prostitution, cheating and underage drinking (file photo from 2015)

Late Friday, the Coastal Carolina University’s cheerleading team issued a statement via Twitter in which it denounced the “false” allegations, which at this point seem to be based solely on the word of a single anonymous letter.

“The false accusations have led to harassment on campus and social media, and are beginning to negatively impact our daily lives and studies,” the statement read. “As a team, we ask the community to support us through these times as we hope the situation will be cleared up shortly.”

The suspension will prevent the squad from performing at a showcase from competing in a national competition in Florida for which it had registered and raised funds.

Now, the university is apparently attempting to erase all memory of the team. The team’s site, which used to feature individual pictures of the cheerleaders and information about the team, now goes to the school’s homepage for its “spirit” groups.

So far, the weeks-long inquiry has produced no incident reports with the University, and the County police have displayed no interest.

Regardless, the suspension is still in effect, and the team will not be competing anytime soon.

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