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Wednesday 20th September 2017

Fired! High School Coach Who Forced Teen To Do Painful Splits Is Out Of A Job

Police have opened a child abuse investigation after video of screaming cheerleader surfaces.

Justice for Ally!

After a shocking video surfaced of 13-year-old high school student Ally Wakefield crying in agony while a coach forces her to do splits, Denver’s East High School coach Ozell Williams was fired.

Four other school employees — Principal Andy Mendelsberg, Assistant Principal Lisa Porter, Assistant Cheerleading Coach Mariah Cladis and an attorney for Denver Public Schools — have been put on leave in the wake of the shocking incident, and police have opened an investigation as to whether the painful incident is child abuse.

Cheer Agony! Fellow cheerleaders were instructed to hold down the legs of their friends, including Ally Wakefield. (Credit: Facebook/@nydnvideo)

Read more: High School Cheerleader Screams In Pain As She Is Forced To Do The Splits By Four People

“I want to be very clear that this technique is dangerous and unacceptable,” Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg said in a statement on the school’s website, east.dpsk12.org.

“We do not permit forced split or any practice or technique that puts the physical safety or emotional well-being of any of our kids at risk.”

Coach Ozell Williams is out of a job after forcing teen cheerleaders into painful splits. (Credit: Facebook/@pmwhiphop)

Any parent would be horrified at the ordeal Ally endured during a cheer camp session earlier this year.

Eight girls were shown being forced into splits, but it was footage of Ally, crying out in pain and pleading, “Please stop,” that was the hardest to watch.

The harrowing videos were sent anonymously to TV station KUSA.

“On a personal note, as hard as it was, I have watched all of the videos,” Boasberg added.

“As a superintendent, and as a father, and as an athlete, they are deeply disturbing. What happened was wrong.”

Ally’s mother, Kristen Wakefield, told CBS News that her child left that practice with a pulled hamstring and torn muscle tissue.

Ally and her mother, Kirsten, were interviewed about the incident by Denver television station KUSA. (Credit: KUSA)

But the lasting effects could be even worse.

“The doctor said 100 percent that the injury she sustained was directly caused by the coachs knee on the back of her thigh, forcing it the floors,” explained the distraught mom.

“She said that it could possibly fracture the pelvic system and reproductive organs as well.”

And while it has been revealed that Coach Williams was previously fired from Boulder High School in Boulder, Colorado, last year for similar reasons, he told the Denver Post, “You can definitely say that what was in the video could be seen in a different light.

“I would love to tell my story, but I cant say anything else at this time.”

Read more: Hills Alum Breaks Down In A Pool Of Tears After Breastfeeding Her Newborn Son

The practice of forcing children to do splits has been condemned by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators. (Credit: Facebook/@cheermad)

Ally, on the other hand, has quite a different take on her ordeal.

“The world is a scary place and people you think you can trust, you cant always,” the brave girl told CBS News.

“You just have to trust your gut feeling.”