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Cheerleader sidelined for refusing to shake 'booty'

ASHLAND, NE (NBC) - A Nebraska cheerleader was given the boot from her junior cheer squad for refusing to "jump" and shake her "booty."

"It made me really sad, and I didn't know why I was suspended for standing up for my beliefs," said Fayleen Frampton, who was one of the most experienced cheerleaders on her Ashland, NE junior cheer squad until she took a stand against sexual objectification.

Frampton opposed No. 33 in her book of 41 cheers created by her junior cheer league founder and coach, Toni Harris.  

"The words go, 'Jump, shake your booty, jump, jump, shake your booty," Frampton explained.

For the young student, though, it wasn't the words that were the problem but rather the action that accompanied them.

"Then we jump and shake our booty," Frampton said. "I don't like it that people are just staring at my butt, and it has nothing to do with cheerleading or football."

Frampton's mother Sabrina couldn't agree more.

"It's got underlying sexual undertones that little girls shouldn't be doing," she said.

Sabrina Frampton said that when her daughter wouldn't shake what she gave her, the cheer coach kicked her off the team.

Harris, now in her sixth year as coach, said that the "jump, shake your booty" cheer is a crowd pleaser and attempts to make anything more out of the cheer are outrageous.

She said she had never fielded complaints about the cheers before, and explaining the controversy to the rest of the squad was difficult.

"I just thought it was best to ask her not to participate for the last few games," said Harris.

Harris called the attention unwanted and said for now the Blue Jays must focus on other cheers for the last two games of the season.

While disappointed about the suspension, Sabrina Frampton, is proud that her daughter took a stand.

"You teach your young ladies to stand up for themselves," she said. "And if something isn't right, then to speak out, which she did."

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