In response to the decision to drop the Cerritos High School varsity football team to JV level competition for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season, an online petition has been launched asking that the program be allowed to carry out its remaining varsity schedule for this season.
On the petition's homepage, created by Cerritos resident David Smith, the introduction statement reads:
"Student athletes have put a lot of heart and hard work into achieving a varsity status for the start of the 2012-2013 school year. It is important that the athletes are given their chance to continue what they have started. So much has been taken away from them with the decision to cancel the remaining varsity games. Some of these athletes will never be given the opportunity to represent their school or have a sense of fulfilling their individual goals on the main stage under the Friday night lights. Not only is this decision affecting the athletes, their are many other activities that take pride in showing their accomplishments. For example and not limited to band, cheerleaders, dance drill team, and others."
Supporters of the petition quickly chimed in with their thoughts:
- This is my team. They have no right to take it away from after all the hardwork I put into it. -- Masseeh Yakuuby
- This is a terrible decision by Cerritos High School Administration. It is sending the message to the kids that if they can't have a winning team then they won't play at all! -- Laura Bremmer
- Academics are not the only thing needed! This means they can cancel any sport at any time, which will change my decision for my child to go there. -- Debbie McMillen
Click here to view the online petition.
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