The parents of a Central High cheerleader who sued the school district after she failed to make the squad last school year have filed a motion to drop their appeal, according to an email LRSD attorney Chris Heller sent to district administrators Monday afternoon.
This ends the suit, filed by one-time mayoral candidate Bill Walker and his wife on behalf of their daughter, who is on the squad this year. The suit alleged that cheerleading sponsors didn’t allow for the girl’s attention deficit disorder when she tried out for the squad in the 2006-07 school year. It also said that the squad’s custom of practicing at a private gym in West Little Rock was discriminatory, even though the sponsors made arrangements for girls who didn’t have transportation or couldn’t afford the gym’s fees. The suit asked that the sponsors be replaced, among other things.
The school board had considered settling the suit, but never voted on the issue after supporters of the squad — including both black and white cheerleaders — packed a board meeting and asked the board to leave the squad alone.