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Pompon Squad’s Cheers, Uniforms Called Too Suggestive

March 4, 1994

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The Erie High School pompon squad has done more than encourage school spirit with its figure-hugging uniforms and slinky dance routines. It also has angered several residents who find the act too suggestive.

″I went to a basketball game and couldn’t believe what I saw,″ said Rick Tyler, although he wouldn’t describe what he saw or which part of it he found objectionable.

Superintendent Earl Mailand said residents of the northwestern Illinois town of 1,500 have complained about the squad’s short skirts, tight sweaters, shiny pantyhose, choice of music and dance moves, including something that sponsor Brenda Anglese calls ″the butt thrust.″

The residents also insisted that the squad use its pompons more.

Anglese said the seven-member all-girl squad will return for the next basketball season, but will wear looser uniforms with bulkier sweaters and will perform tamer routines. She said she hopes to present the new dances to the school board later this month.

Some squad members are unhappy with the changes.

″We must use our pompons in all the routines,″ said Stephanie Filbert, a junior. ″And the music has to be played by the band, not the tapes we like. No rap songs, no country music.″

″I think people are out to condemn us, when we are out there trying to entertain them,″ said sophomore Angie Wirth.