Cheerleaders at an Albuquerque, N.M, high school took nude photos and video of a teammate and posted them to social media, eliciting an appalling response from the team’s coach.
A lawsuit now in federal court alleges that West Mesa High School cheerleaders used a coach’s phone to capture the images while their 15-year-old teammate showered during a 2015 cheerleading camp. They reportedly posted the images on Snapchat, and when the victim took issue with their behavior, the coach told her to “get over it.” According to the lawsuit, the coach also told the girl to “apologize to the teammates for overreacting to a joke” and stated that none of the teammates would be disciplined, because the coach didn’t want to “ruin the trip for everybody.”
It gets worse. The lawsuit also argues that the coach refused to cooperate with police investigating the incident. Even though the victim faced repeated bullying for complaining about the matter, school officials would only allow her to transfer schools if her parents signed a waiver forfeiting all claims against the district. The case comes mere days after the New Mexico state senate declined to pass legislation that would have required school districts to create and enforce hazing prevention policies.
The victim’s family is seeking an undisclosed amount of money for punitive damages and attorney’s fees for violating her constitutional rights and conspiring to interfere with her civil rights.