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Norris School District 's cheer program to no longer use American Kids Sports Center following 'inappropriate activity' allegations

Posted at 9:13 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 00:13:18-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Norris School District's cheer program will no longer practice at American Kids Sports Center following anonymous allegations of inappropriate activity on the part owner, according to a letter sent to parents on Thursday.

In the letter, Superintendent Kelly Miller addressed the "inappropriate activity" allegations that were received by the district and Kern County Superintendent of Schools on May 29. Miller also stated that the district received a phone call from a parent sharing "similar information". Both allegations were received after the 2018-2019 cheer season ended, according to the letter.

Miller said Norris School District has also made the decision to no longer use American Kids Sports Center for its cheer program in the future and will explore another plan ahead of the new cheer season.

"In an abundance of caution and in the best interests of our students and families, the Norris School District has made the decision not to utilize the American Kids Sports Center for its cheer program," Miller said in the letter.

During our investigation, 23ABC reached out to the American Kids Sports Center who declined to comment.

On Thursday, we obtained a letter that was sent to parents from American Kids Sports Center back in April regarding Williams' absence. The letter claimed that Williams would be taking an "extended leave of absence" due to a health issue.

Read the full letter from Norris School District's Superintendent Kelly Miller: