• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

MI girl, 6, booted over controversial cheer

September 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A six-year-old girl in Detroit was kicked off a cheerleading squad after her mother questioned the appropriateness of a cheer the little girls were doing.It has turned into a full blown controversy, and parents are taking sides.

Jennifer Tesche said the cheer her daughter Kennedy was forced to say on her Michigan cheerleading squad was completely inappropriate for a 6-year-old.

Tesche was so upset she took her concerns to the news media.

"'My back aches, my skirts are too tight, my booty shakes from left to right,'" Tesche quoted the cheer. "I think it's inappropriate. I do think it's suggestive, it's outdated, and it's stereotypical.''

Instead of siding with Tesche, local football league officials decided to keep the cheer, and kicked Kennedy off the squad.

The cheerleading coach added fuel to the fire when he called the mother "a lunatic" during a radio interview.

Do you want the Eyewitness News team to call you? Get a FREE Morning Wake-up Call and personalized weather report at abc7.com/wakeup