New recruits were blindfolded, stuffed into a washing machine and cardboard boxes, before being ordered to strip in front of male squad members, it has been revealed. One victim was so traumatised she left the university before finishing her studies, News. The university launched an investigation into the incident following complaints by the victims that cheerleading coaches allowed the hazing to take place on a yearly basis. The older team members then blindfolded them, placed them in cars one by one and brought them inside an empty house, the two victims said. One said she was forced inside of a washing machine, while the other said she was put in a cardboard box and jostled around as they banged on the sides. For each question they answered incorrectly, they were required to remove an article of clothing. Eventually standing there naked, the six cheerleaders allegedly were taken into another room, while one of them said she remembered being separated from the group. The incident has left the two cheerleaders emotionally traumatised, they said, leading one to leave the school permanently.
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KANSAS University's cheerleading team has been put on probation after two female members came forward with stories of being subjected to physically and emotionally abusive hazing, which allegedly included forced nudity. Following an internal investigation into the victims' accounts, the team was found to have violated university policy on harm to persons and hazing, and placed on probation beginning last September and running through September of this year, according to the Kansas State Collegian. The two team members, who requested anonymity for fear of further consequence, said the incident in question occurred during an "initiation" event for six first-year members last July while the team was on campus for a children's summer camp. The cheerleaders arrived at Kansas football's Memorial Stadium in running shoes, per the team's orders, and were told to run up and down the hill by the stadium a couple of times, according to their accounts. The older team members then blindfolded them, placed them in cars one by one and brought them inside an empty house, the two members said. One said she was forced inside of a washing machine, while the other said she was put in a cardboard box and jostled around as they banged on the sides. Then led into another room, they said they were asked a number of questions, and for each question they answered incorrectly, they were required to remove an article of clothing. Eventually standing there naked, the six cheerleaders allegedly were taken into another room, while one of them said she remembered being separated from the group. Split into two groups, two of the cheerleaders allegedly were taken downstairs and deemed "initiated," while the others were subjected to public shaming.
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The concept of cheerleading is a pretty amazing one. They are like a cold beer on a Sunday afternoon for NFL football. Similarly, they are like a beer on a Saturday night while watching a UFC event. I guess what I'm trying to say is that much like the icing on the proverbial cake, cheerleaders take a sporting event and make it so much more via the addition of gorgeous, fit, gyrating women. With all that said however, they aren't a necessity in the NFL for example.
Kansas cheerleaders are hoisted into the air during the spring scrimmage on Sunday, April 15, , at Memorial Stadium. Reportedly, the incident involved female cheerleaders being asked questions and then being told to remove an article of clothing when they answered incorrectly, according to a report in the Kansas State University student newspaper, which was based upon two anonymous sources who were on the team. The anonymous sources said the incident ultimately ended up with cheerleaders being nude or partially nude and that at least some of the cheerleaders were seen by males who were in the house where the incident allegedly took place. The Journal-World was not able to independently verify the accusations, which have since become the subject of national media coverage from The New York Post, Deadspin, Yahoo Sports and other outlets. However, the Journal-World did ask a spokesman for Kansas Athletics whether the department had any information that would lead it to believe any of the alleged incidents actually occurred. Jim Marchiony, an associate athletics director for KU, confirmed an incident had occurred with the cheer team, but said there was very little the department could say about the incident because of privacy concerns.