Students, parents angry over inclusive cheerleading policy at New Jersey high school

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EAST HANOVER, N.J. — A New Jersey high school is facing heat from students and parents over a new policy that either everyone makes the cheerleading squad or no one does.

Hanover Park High School in East Hanover enacted the change after a parent complained his or her child didn’t make the team after tryouts last month.

The school said the goal is to make the squad more inclusive. But student Stephanie Krueger recently told board of education members all her hard work “has been thrown out the window.”

Some parents say when they complained about the new policy, the principal threatened to disband the 10-member squad.

The board is reviewing the policy. It’s unclear when a final decision will be made.

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