So how do you deal with this: There’s a phenomenally talented girl on our crosstown rival cheer team who is also a total brat. She knows she’s good and likes to throw her weight around. She has tantrums if she doesn’t get her way. And to top it off, her mom is right behind her egging her on. The most difficult part is that she will claim racism whenever she’s disciplined, which is laughable given the diversity of our community. She belongs to the largest racial group in the district, a fact that is reflected in all three area schools and the cheer teams they produce. But the coaches are (mostly) white so I guess that’s enough. Anyway, not my problem right? Except that rumour has it she’s threatening to quit her team and come over to ours, as a big F-U to her program. I’ve already gotten an email from her mom asking about a “private tryout,” which we do offer but only to injured girls who could not attend official tryouts. I explained this to her and it seemed to suffice, but I’ve got a feeling she’s planning on trying out next year. If she does, I’m not sure how to handle it. I’m sure her scores will qualify her, but from what I’ve heard I don’t want anything to do with this girl or her family. However, I can’t cut a girl because of secondhand hearsay, no matter how reliable it is (screenshots from her Twitter account seem to confirm an entitled, arrogant attitude, and the message in her mom’s email was basically, “When she makes the team you should know she’s used to being point flyer/tumbler/dancer kthxbai.” So how do you tread a tricky topic like this? I thought about asking for references on the tryout application next year, but that seems like a little much for HS. Thanks.