Deer Park High School freshman Brittany Davila has been cheerleading since junior high. But she's been told she can no longer cheer on the sidelines at her Texas school and her family wants to know why.
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Brittany has Down syndrome and her mom, Buffy Davila, claimed school officials won't allow Brittany to cheer while players are on the field or court.
"She cheered last week at the volleyball game," Davila told HLN affiliate KTRK. "Then yesterday we went and it was a different coach, and now she can't do it because it's a liability."
On Thursday, the school district posted a statement on its website that read in part, "It's important to note that there is always more than one side to any story. However, federal law prevents the District from sharing many details about anything involving students, so the District is very limited in what we can share with reporters or members of the public."
Deer Park Independent School District spokesman Matt Lucas told KTRK that Brittany is still an honorary member of the team, and both sides are working towards an agreement.
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HLN's Kyra Phillips spoke with a mother who can relate to Brittany's passion. Tess Walkup and her daughter Kendra talk about their positive experience of cheering at St. Albans High School in Charleston, West Virginia.