Coastal Carolina University officials have announced that its cheerleading team has been suspended indefinitely after charges that team members committed “a long list” of violations including charges of prostitution, buying alcohol for underage people, and paying others to complete homework assignments.
According to a report by NBC affiliate WNBF news, a member of the cheer squad told reporters that the team was told of the university’s decision and afterward were met by police officers outside the school.
Despite being taken to the police department for interrogation, and having their cell phones examined, the cheerleaders were all released. Thus far no formal charges have been filed against any of the students.
Horry County Sheriffs have noted that they are not currently involved in the investigation into the conduct of team members.
The university has only confirmed that it has suspended the cheer team, but won’t say anything else “because this is an ongoing investigation,” according to an email released to The State newspaper.
The cheer team’s entry on the university’s webpage has been removed, and the former web address of the page now redirects to the school’s main Spirit Team webpage.
The team was also scheduled to attend a cheerleading competition on April 4, but members have confirmed that the trip has been canceled.
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