Wisconsin Court Dumps Dropped Cheerleader

The Wisconsin Supreme Court rules that Brittany Noffke cannot sue the teammate responsible for spotting her.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Brittany Noffke, a high school cheerleader who was injured when she fell from the top of a formation during a practice, cannot sue the teammate responsible for spotting her. The court also upheld a lower court's decision that she cannot sue her school district for the coach's alleged lack of supervision.

In 2004, the Holmen (Wis.) High School cheerleading squad was practicing a three-person stunt during a pregame warm-up in the Commons, an indoor area without carpeting or mats. Noffke was on top of the base and Kevin Bakke was supposed to spot her, but Bakke mistakenly moved forward rather than back, and was in the wrong position to catch Noffke, who fell backward and hit her head on the floor.

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