Male Cheerleader Soldiers On
BY Advocate.com Editors
September 27 2010 2:15 PM ET
Eleven-year-old Tyler Wilson refuses to give up his role as a football cheerleader, even after two boys beat him up and broke his arm.
The Ohio sixth grader recently joined the cheerleading squad for the Findlay Steelers, part of a city youth football program. Kids at school teased him mercilessly, and then in late August he was called homophobic names, hit, and shoved to the ground by two classmates at school. His arm was broken, but he initially lied to his mother about the cause of the injury.
Wilson's mother remains supportive of her son's choice to be a cheerleader and refuses to pull him off the squad.
"No, I'm not gonna tell him not to do it if it's something that he's
interested in. I want him to enjoy whatever he can enjoy in life," Kristy Wilson said.
After the attack Wilson received a supportive card from the football team.
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