“Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal” is a Lifetime movie based on the true story of the Fab Five cheerleaders at McKinney North High School. The names were changed in the film. The movie premiered in 2008.
The true story that inspired the “Fab Five: Texas Cheerleader Scandal” happened in the state of Texas in 2006, where several high school cheerleaders were said to have taken over the school while the principal watched and ignored bad behavior.
According to court documents, the five cheerleaders were a terror in the school. They were mean to students and teachers alike. The ring leader of the group, Karrissa Theret, was actually the daughter of McKinney North High School Principal Linda Theret.
The school lost several coaches before Coach Michaela Ward was hired. Once Coach Ward got a glimpse of what working at the school was like, she complained to administrators. The Fab Five, whose names are: Karrissa Theret, Brittney Rader, Elizabeth Griffin, Shaunika Dancy and Danielle Billelo, were accused of being disrespectful to teachers, students and other administrators.
According to court documents, the more Michaela Ward complained, she was met with resistance from the school administrators. Ward eventually lost her tenure at the school.
The case broke wide open when an investigation ensued due to Michaela Ward’s complaints against the school administration.
Here is a brief list of accusations about the five varsity cheerleaders
Left school grounds during school hours
Disrespectful to teachers and administration
Did not follow school dress codes
Showing the middle finger to teachers and staff
Posted suggestive photos on social media pages such as MySpace
In the end, the Fab Five lost their positions on the cheerleading team and Principal Linda Theret was fired.
Since the making of the movie, there has been a backlash of comments from ex-staff members and former students who say the movie is over-exaggerated for dramatic purposes.
Linda Theret was hired in another school district and Michaela Ward, who has had a difficult time finding work, sold the rights to her story. The story was used as a basis for the Lifetime movie.
“Fab Five” still airs on the Lifetime Movie channels.
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