you guys should all read more about this (assuming of course, you care). there’s some interesting and much more conclusive articles about the actual timeline of what really happened. what fails to rise to the surface in most articles is that she was drunk (at the age of 16) and chose to go into a locked room with 4 boys, two of which were the assaulters. Bolton plead guilty to assault, not rape, which according the family is all they wanted, just an admission. whether you choose to blame the girl for being irresponsible and allowing herself into the situation, or choose to ignore that part, there’s no question the whole thing is twisted. after reading all of it, i can’t really say i blame the school district, they’re acting based on the legal recommendation of the courts, not emotion, which like it or not, is how they should. she chose to go on that court voluntarily to cheer for the team, part of that obligation, per the rules of the school, is that she cheer for every player, if she didn’t want to cheer for Bolton (and why would she?) then she shouldn’t have gone out there. Her act indirectly caused a ruckus and turned the story into what it is. was she right to abstain from cheering? if that’s what she felt was best, then yes. but it doesn’t change the fact that the school has rules and the school cannot make exceptions for those rules otherwise they set a precedent for it in the future. they may look like assholes to the outside world, but they’re just doing their jobs. if you were there, you’d do the same thing, or get fired/have to resign as a result. anyone who’s been to high school in america has likely been in a situation where a student, or group of students, was punished in a way that seemed unjust to outside opinion. the fact of the matter is, rules are rules, and an educational facility will VERY rarely compromise their own policies. What’s right, is not always right.