According to ABC News on Saturday, a Texas high school cheerleader with Down Syndrome will be allowed to rejoin her squad after she was originally called a "liability" for the school district.
Brittany Davila, 16, is proud to be back on the sidelines with her cheer team. She's an honorary member of the squad, but she was sidelined after a recent volleyball game and told to cheer in the stands.
The district says it was a misunderstanding. Officials met with Brittany's mother and worked out an arrangement that includes Brittany cheering and meets the expectations of both the parents and the district.
“I know she’s ‘different,’ but my whole thing is everybody should be treated the same,” Brittany’s mom, Buffy Davila, told ABC affiliate KTRK at the time. “If there’s something she can’t do, then she just can’t do it. But don’t tell me she can’t do it without even letting her try.”
In a statement posted on the school’s website, officials said “an agreement was reached” with the Davilas that meant “the school can continue including the student in the cheer program in a way that meets the expectations of both the parents and the District.”
Brittany has been cheerleading since junior high, KTRK reported. It’s “her favorite thing to do,” according to her mom. And thanks to the agreement, she was back on the field for her school’s home football game Thursday.
District officials say they are proud to have this young lady involved in their cheer program and they look forward to her continued success as an honorary cheerleader. Brittany was also selected as a class representative for Homecoming.
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