Teresa Fann, Grundy County High School cheer coach, has been removed from her position with the school, stemming from an incident that occurred on January 15, at the GCHS basketball game against Sequatchie County.
During the boy’s game, tensions on both sides led to an altercation between players, resulting in several player ejections and the ejection of one parent.
Fann met with school officials on Tuesday, and Director of Schools Jessie Kinsey released the following statement Tuesday evening:
“Effective immediately, Teresa Fann has been removed from the position of Grundy County High School cheerleading coach. Meanwhile, for the integrity of the school system, Mrs. Fann has been suspended from her teaching duties pending investigation into the allegations of conduct unbecoming of a teacher. Due to the pending investigation, Grundy County Schools’ administrators are not at liberty to comment or to share any further information at this time.”
After her removal as coach and suspension as teacher was made public, some GCHS cheerleaders and their families rallied behind Fann. According to posts on social media, several cheerleaders are said to have quit the team for the remainder of the year in protest of Fann’s firing. However, at press time, over one-half of the cheerleaders remained committed to finishing the season.
While school officials are barred from issuing specific comments about the incident while the matter is under investigation, a letter was sent to parents of current cheerleaders announcing Wendee Kilgore as the new cheer coach, and Ashley Thomas as her assistant. Kilgore and Thomas are to remain as interim coaches until the end of the 2015-2016 basketball season, at which time the position for head cheer coach will be posted. Tryouts for cheerleaders for the 2016-2017 season will be held in May.
Fann was contacted for a statement but said she had been advised not to make any comments at this time.