New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ TYacy Lee Hamel Keller, 42,5 p.m., Zoeller Funeral Home.Legislature slows down effort to legislate cheerleading
By Leigh Jones
Comal County cheerleaders are safe from the Texas Legislature — they can shake their hips all they want, and local squad sponsors say the hoopla was all for nothing.
A bill in the Legislature, sponsored by Rep. Al Edwards, D-Houston, would authorize the Texas Education Agency to investigate complaints of suggestive or provocative dance moves and penalize districts if the girls crossed the decency line.
While the legislation made national headlines after its reading on the House floor, it seems unlikely tile Senate will take it up while lawmakers are grappling with overhauling the state’s school finance system.
Without Austin's protection, the appropriateness buck still will stop with each squad’s sponsor, a situation that does
not concern New Braunfels High School’s Kristy Castilleja one bit (or even two bits).
"We already censor what our girls do,” she said. “There have been times when the girls come up with a dance and I have to tell them no. I think most sponsors are conscious of their communities.”
Understanding what the audience deems appropriate is Castilleja’s best advice for staying out of trouble.
“We learn a lot of our dances at camp, and there have been some I thought were way too much for this community. We do not perform those,” she said.
Castilleja dismissed the legislators' attempt to stick their collective noses in her business, but Canyon High School sponsor Usa Floerke said she
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definitely could understand the attempt to tone down some schools’ routines.
“Our girls would not go out there and do something provocative because it would make them feel uncomfortable, but I have seen teams at competition that were pretty trashy,” she said.
Even state Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, who spoke in support of the bill on the House floor, said the problem was in the big cities, not in her district.
“I have heard of bad things in certain parts of the state, but I don’t see those kinds of problems in my district,” she said.
Casteel’s support for tile bill was driven by her respect for Edwards and fond memories of her own experiences as a cheerleading sponsor.
“When I first taught at Canyon, I was the cheer, dance team and pep squad sponsor. It was a rewarding experience. Those girls had good morals and good manners,” she said. “Twenty years later, the drill teams have learned great routines, but the world has changed.” Casteel blames adults without good judgment, but Floerke pointed her finger elsewhere.
"It’s the media’s fault, if you ask me,” she said. “Girls realize what Britney Spears does on MTV gets guys’ attention. If they didn’t see that, they wouldn’t want to perform provocative dance moves.” While Floerke blames the media for the problem, Casteel sees it playing a role in the solution.
“I don’t know if the Senate will take up the bill or not, but maybe all this media attention will put a stop to any more foolishness,” she said.
Scheele named chamber s top small businessperson
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Man admits trying to hire boy
began when an undercover officer allegedly found him in an Internet chatroom called “BOYS WHO WANT OLDER MEN:I” posing as a 37-year-old man with the screen name, “Fun4uin-metexas.”
Later, Benner introduced the agent to a 14-year-old boy in the chatroom. The FBI contacted the boy’s parents and assumed his identity on the Internet.
During Internet chats, Benner allegedly displayed his genitals on a Web cam and told agents posing as children that he would like to role play sexual seductions where he played a teacher or a coach — both roles Benner had in real life in San Marcos.
As the chats went on over several weeks Benner on Dec. 3 made arrangements to meet the “boy.”
When he was arrested, he had two loaded handguns on the seat of his pickup. He surrendered without incident and cooperated with investigators, according to his arrest affidavit.
In IO years working for the SMISD, spokesperson Dey Rossell reported officials never received any complaints about Benner — and no evidence has ever been found that suggested any misconduct in the workplace.
“There were 19 students in his class,” Rossell said. “When we found out about the allegations, we suspended him with pay pending the outcome of the investigation and sent a letter home to parents notifying them on Jan. 5.”
Benner later resigned his post.WWWWWWVW
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