High school cheerleaders sue Missouri school over discipline

SENECA | Two cheerleaders have sued a southwest Missouri high school district after being removed from the squad over alleged cyber-bullying.

The cheerleaders filed a federal lawsuit against the Seneca school district, seven school board members, Superintendent Rick Cook and principal Tosha Fox. They are seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

The cheerleaders, who are not identified in the lawsuit, alleges their constitutional rights were violated when they were taken off the squad. The Newton County Sheriff's Department investigated the allegations of cyber-bullying and no charges were filed.

Both plaintiffs also claim they have suffered from alienation from fellow students and cheerleaders.

The district's attorney, Tom Mickes, told The Joplin Globe that several court rulings have found that extracurricular activities are not protected by the Constitution.