ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Two local cheerleading teams got a little too fired up during a cheer battle and now both schools have suspended their cheerleading programs.
Both East St. Louis High School and Trinity Catholic High School have suspended their cheerleading programs for the rest of the season after a fight Saturday during a match. The game was at Alton High School.
Video shows the two teams are near center court going back and forth in what appears to be a cheer battle. Cheerleaders from East St. Louis can be seen getting close to the cheerleaders from Trinity before a fight breaks out.
"After seeing the video, I think they all should be suspended, not just one team, both teams," said Phillip Nauden.
No criminal charges were filed.
But the East St. Louis Superintendent Arthur R. Culver cancelled the rest of the season saying:
“We expect our teams to conduct themselves in a manner that will protect the safety of athletes, officials, coaches and spectators at sporting events. We regret that our cheerleading team did not conduct themselves in a manner commensurate with these expectations. After a thorough investigation, consequences were administered which resulted in the immediate conclusion of the cheerleading season for this school year. We will not lower our expectations and will consistently take strong action when safety and sportsmanship is compromised.”
Trinity later released a statement saying it is canceling the rest of its season.