1. A cheer squad from Texas is taking over Facebook with a video of a routine they performed to honor the anniversary of 9/11.
2. Crystalynn Petoskey, a student at Lumberton High School in Texas, uploaded a video of the routine to her Facebook page on Friday, the 14th anniversary of the attacks.
It has since been viewed a staggering more than 18 million times and been shared by almost 700,000 people.
6. One of the cheerleaders wrote on Twitter that the squad did the routine as an “appreciation and acknowledgement” of the victims.
7. The response to the video was mainly positive.
8. One woman wrote it was the best thing she had ever watched.
9. Another wrote the routine left her “speechless.”
10. But some people said it was distasteful for the cheerleaders to do backflips to audio from 9/11.
11. One person called it “happy horrible.”
12. And another said it was “tasteless.”
13. The squad’s coach Lauren Sheffield told BuzzFeed News the squad has done a 9/11 tribute routine every year since 2002, and she performed the routine when she was on the squad as a student.
She said the cheerleaders take the annual routine “very seriously.”
“We do this because we believe it is very important to honor and remember the first responders, those who gave their lives, and those who still mourn the hole left by lost loved ones,” she said.
She added that she is very proud of her team and is amazed how many people have seen their performance.
“The girls are very dedicated in all they do,” she said. “They take it very seriously, and know that being a cheerleader is more than just Friday Night Lights; it’s making a difference in the lives of our community.”
14. Watch a different video of the routine here:
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