I was just looking through some of my mom’s old pics recently and found some cheer photos that reminded me of how awful my HS cheer program was during my freshman year. And how I just accepted it because I was a kid and didn’t know any better. It was only after I got older that I realized how grotesquely mismanaged and b*****t inappropriate that program was. And even then only after I told my college teammates about it and they said “You know that’s messed up right?” And I said, “Really? I thought it was just team building.” Now in retrospect, I realize just how manipulative that director was and how she pretty much ticked off all the boxes on the list of “things you’d be sued for today:” 1. Favouritism 2. Hazing 3. “Mismanaged” (stolen) funds 4. Teaching dangerous stunt technique that I’m sure she made up OTF 5. Public bullying and humiliation of new girls 6. Mild racism 7. Fraud 8. Hiding injury reports, academic suspensions, and disciplinary notices from the AD 9. Body shaming 10. Accusing a nun of being “f*****g jealous” of her when she got fired (which I don’t think you can be sued for but was nonetheless something she did). And us kids just accepted all this Machiavellian BS because for all we knew, that was how HS cheer worked. We just assumed that adults knew best and didn’t want to complain lest we be cut. I don’t think it occurred to any of us at the time that this 40-something woman in a position of authority was nothing more than an overgrown mean girl and a proud, unapologetic bully. Because we didn’t think adults could be bullies. They were supposed to be above that. And she knew that and ran with it. So anyway, does anyone else have a story like this or was my program just exceptionally awful?