Mom: Threats made in cheerleader bullying incident

Madison Fields and Kelly Motsinger (PHOTO: Provided)
Madison Fields and Kelly Motsinger (PHOTO: Provided)

BLANCHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Three Blanchester Middle School cheerleaders are facing discipline after an alleged bullying incident that involved physical threats.

Kelly Motsinger said her 13-year-old daughter Madison Fields has not been to school since classes started earlier this week because she did not feel safe.

Investigators said a "Facebook chat" was created with derogatory remarks about Madison and discussions about a desire to cause the her physical harm. The motive of the "chat" was a dispute between cheerleaders over what hair style they would wear during an upcoming game, police said.

Shortly after the dispute Madison, an eighth grader, was bonding with her teammates at a bonfire and a sleep over when her mother says she was covered by glitter by some of the cheerleaders.

"They knew she was allergic to this stuff, and they thought it was funny," Motsinger said about the incident.

Motsinger said she learned about the "Facebook Chat" from the Blanchester PD.

"They wanted to bash her head with a hammer," Motsinger said of some of the comments. "Punch her in the ovaries so she didn't have babies. The last one was they wanted to kill her in front of her family."

All students who made inappropriate comments on the Facebook group has been disciplined by the school's Athletic Department. The school's superintendent says the three cheerleaders violated the school's code of conduct.

"That's all I'm looking for - my daughter to feel safe, and those kids to get some help," Motsinger told FOX19 NOW.

He said he's aware of the situation and appropriate action has been taken.  He confirmed that it involves three student-athletes, specifically cheerleaders.  He would not divulge the extent of the action taken against the cheerleaders.  He says these three violated the school's code of conduct because of the social media posts in question.

The school's superintendent says that administrators are continuing to investigate to determine the extent of the situation, and if there have been any other issues in the past.

The students could still be charged in the Juvenile Court, according to Blanchester PD.

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