Pickerington cheerleading coach gets letter of reprimand

Pickerington North cheerleading coach Carla Fultz received a letter of reprimand for drinking with the parents of her cheerleaders while at a competition in Florida.

According to the letter from superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia, the incident occurred in February of 2006 and was brought to the attention of the district in June 2008 "by the parents of several current or former cheerleaders."

The letter threatened "more severe discipline, up to and including the termination or non-renewal of your supplemental coaching contract."

The letter did not address other accusations against Fultz. On July 21, angry parents attended the school board meeting to demand answers for several claimed offenses including endangering their children with dangerous stunts and bullying them.

Others claimed their daughters earned spots on the varsity team but were excluded for refusing to join the expensive and time-consuming competition squad. PLSD communications director Lee Cole said no cheerleaders were removed from the squad.

Many people including colleagues and former cheerleaders attended the school board meeting to support Fultz, who also teaches chemistry and is the president of the district’s teachers union.

Assistant coach Sheree Wright said the attack against Fultz by some of the cheerleaders "breaks my heart after all she has done for them."

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