CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The Coastal Carolina University Cheerleading team has apparently responded to claims of prostitution and other misconduct allegedly made in an anonymous letter sent to the school's president, calling them false accusations that have led to harassment on campus and on social media.
On Thursday, several CCU cheerleaders who spoke on the condition of anonymity said an investigator with the CCU Department of Public Safety came to their practice Wednesday night. The cheerleaders said the investigator explained to the team an anonymous letter was mailed to school president David DeCenzo on March 7 alleging that team members were involved in "a long list of things," including prostitution, purchasing alcohol for underage team members, and paying others to complete their homework assignments.
The CCU Vice President of Communications, William M. Plate Jr., confirmed that the team was suspended indefinitely, "pending a conduct investigation."
A newly-created Twitter account, @CCUCheer4L, posted an image of the following statement Friday afternoon:
The tweet has been retweeted by several Twitter users whose profiles indicate they are members of the CCU Cheerleading team.
The mother of a cheerleader who contacted WMBF News via Twitter on Thursday provided this statement by email:
WMBF News has reached out to the CCU Communications Department, the CCU Department of Public Safety, the CCU Athletics Department, and requested documents from the CCU Freedom of Information Act Office. All have declined to comment, citing that they cannot comment or provide information on a pending investigation.