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McKinley suspends cheerleading squads during cyberbullying investigation

McKinley High School has suspended its junior varsity and varsity cheerleading squads as the school investigates alleged cyberbullying attacks by some of the team members.

“The school had noticed an increase of activity on the Internet that is labeled as cyberbullying — name calling and harassment — against students. It allegedly involved members of the cheer squad,” said Donalyn Dela Cruz, spokeswoman for the Department of Education. “The school has stopped all activities of the squad until the team can be counseled on cyberbullying. … It won’t be re-enacted until the school feels comfortable that concerns have been addressed.”

The school said the suspension comes during a relatively inactive part of the cheer season. About 50 students are on the coed teams.

McKinley’s principal was out of town Friday and could not be reached for comment.

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