According to the cheerleader, the team was met by police outside the HTC Center after practice, who called the names of individual team members, and took them to CCU’s police station for questioning.
During the questioning, the cheerleader said police searched through their cell phones.
The showcase was to be held ahead of the team’s scheduled appearance at a national competition in Florida.
The cheerleader said they were told they will no longer be able to attend the competition in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Officials with the competition said the team is still registered and paid in full, and they have not heard the team will not be coming.
Team members raised money for their own travel expenses to the competition, and are now upset that they are unable to attend, the cheerleader said.
“She was more mad than upset that they had been ripped from practice, and told that they could no longer compete and were not going on to their nationals thing, and were taking them to the police station." WMBF News has reached out to Athletic Director Matt Hogue, Martha Hunn, Associate Vice President of Communications, and the CCU Department of Public Safety for more information and to corroborate the cheerleader’s claims.
One tweeted, "And just like that, everything you've ever worked for was just taken in a blink of an eye." William Walker, an uncle of one of the cheerleaders, said he first got wind of the incident when his niece called him from the university police station Wednesday night. She's has never cheered doesn't know anything about it. I barely have any spare time I h Ave school homework dance piano and of course I have to catch some sleep in there! bye bye I'm having major problems with my cheer coach.Competition, fashion, training, health, fitness, cosmetics, trends & more, all with stunning photography! — The Coastal Carolina University cheerleading team has been suspended indefinitely pending a conduct investigation, according to a statement from a university official.