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Deer Park cheerleader with Down syndrome back on field
DEER PARK - by Drew Karedes/KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com
A Deer Park cheerleaders dream came true. The freshman with Down syndrome got to join her squad on the sidelines one week after being told she couldnt because she was a liability.
Brittany Davila made her mark back on the field on Thursday.
The 16-year-olds story made national headlines. Brittany was told cheer in the stands at a recent volleyball game over what the district later called a misunderstanding.
School officials met with Brittanys mother, and the issue has since been resolved.
The honorary cheerleader knows many of the cheers and only steps away from the squad when its time for stunts.
It really is amazing. Im so proud of Brittany because shes done all the things weve asked her to do and more, said Sara Washington, captain of the Deer Park freshman cheerleading squad.
Brittanys family believes this isnt just a story about one girl with Down syndrome.
I think there will be more kids coming out and trying out, said grandmother Jyeneece Robbins. Shes doing it. Shes proving she can do it if you just give her a chance. I can hardly keep myself from crying.
Brittany has also been chosen as a class representative for homecoming and will be crowned on Friday.