Ryo Uchida, an associate professor at Nagoya University and an expert on school accidents, commenting on the case of a former member of a high school cheerleading club in Aichi Prefecture whose lower body was paralyzed in an accident. The practice involved a difficult technique of having two senior club members hold her feet and lift her up to their shoulders, and then having her do a forward flip and land, even though she had not even mastered flips closer to the ground. The cheerleader landed on the mat on her neck, damaging her spinal cord. The 18-year-old girl and her parents are suing the school.© Mainichi Shimbun
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It was an accident that occurred under extremely sloppy management.
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