Someone in the Sunflower State has been very, very bad.
At least according to the findings of a University of Kansas internal investigation regarding allegations that freshman members of the cheer squad here hazed to the point of being ordered to strip for no other reason than to get the frosh would-be cheerleaders au natural.
As reported by the university’s Kansas State Collegian newspaper, “Two University of Kansas cheerleaders have come forward with details about an alleged ‘initiation’ hazing incident involving six first-year members of the cheer squad.”
According to the school’s paper, the alleged hazing took place on July 25, 2017, “during a camp for children in kindergarten through third grade.”
Also cited by The Collegian, once the day’s activities with the children came to an end, the alleged hazing took place in an abandoned house somewhere in the wilds of the Kansas plains;
Later, both sources said they were taken to a room where they were asked a series of questions, and if they answered a question incorrectly, they were told to remove an article of clothing.
“They questioned me, took off my clothes and put my blindfold back on,” one source said.
All six of the team’s new members were led, naked, into another room, one of the sources said.
“I remember getting put into a big laundry basket,” one said. “I was shaken around and stuff.”
Later, the source said she was moved to another room in the house.
“I had taken my blindfold off along with another girl sitting next to me,” she said, “and two alumni guys walked in and saw us naked.”
The girls were eventually separated into two groups.
“After that, they took two girls downstairs, they had been initiated,” a source said. “And then they took me and two other girls, put us in a room together and told us we are ugly, we don’t deserve to be on the team and our skills weren’t good enough. They sat us down with all the alumni and all returning cheerleaders.”
Both sources said they feel lasting effects from the incident.
“It greatly decreased my confidence and performance ability,” one said.
The other member said she will not be returning to KU because of the events that took place.
The results of the investigation has resulted in the entire cheer squad being placed on probation until September 26, 2018.
— Kansas Cheerleading (@KUcheer) July 22, 2017