A cheer squad from Texas has managed to stir up the Internet with a video of a routine they performed to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terror attacks. Crystalynn Petoskey – one of the students at Lumberton High School in Texas – uploaded the video in question to her Facebook page on Friday, September 11, 2015.
Since then, the video has been viewed more than 19 million times and it has been shared by almost 700,000 people. The routine – performed by students at Lumberton High School – features the song ‘God Bless America’, as well as audio of reports from that day.
In addition to that, the cheerleaders’ routine includes statements made by then-President George W. Bush and music inspired by the tragic events. Heather Stanley – a member of the squad – took to Twitter to say that they did the routine as an “appreciation and acknowledgement” of the victims.
The Lumberton cheerleaders would like you to watch our appreciation & acknowledgement for the ones effected in 9/11 https://t.co/beopfL0zYs
As expected, responses to the video ranged from extremely positive to outrage. Some people thought that the cheerleaders performed a powerful tribute to the 9/11 victims, while others were shocked, calling their routine “distasteful”.
lumberton cheerleaders 9/11 performance was probably the best thing I’ve ever watched!
— Smalley (@_weslynsmalley) September 12, 2015
Omg, that 9/11 cheerleader video has to be the most cringeworthy thing I’ve seen in a long time. Get a clue.
Meanwhile, Lauren Sheffield, the squad’s coach, said that they’ve been doing the tribute routine every year since 2002. She went on to explain that they “believe it is very important to honor and remember the first responders, those who gave their lives, and those who still mourn the hole left by lost loved ones”.