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Cheerleader suspended for Facebook photo

MIDDLEFIELD, OH (CNN) - An Ohio high school cheerleader was placed on suspension from her squad Tuesday for a picture that was posted on Facebook.

Bree Vargo, a 16-year-old junior, was suspended from the Cardinal High School cheerleading squad after someone sent a photo from Facebook of her with a beer bottle positioned under her mouth to school administrators.

"I just sat there and cried, I didn't even know what to say, just I don't know, I wanted to leave school, I didn't want to be there," Bree said.

The picture was taken at an Oct. 2 wedding reception for Bree's older sister. Bree and her mother, Susan Vargo, said that the photo is misleading. They explained that the angle the photo was taken makes it so the viewer cannot tell the beer bottle is really being held by the woman next to her.

School officials stated that Bree admitted to having a beer in her hand at one point. Her parents are angry because a meeting took place without their permission and without them being present.

"We have guidelines in our athletic policy which says either the possession of or the use of drugs, alcohol and so on and you're found to be in possession or using that, you're suspended for, it's either three games or two weeks, whichever is less," said Paul Yocum, Superintendent of Cardinal Local Schools.

Susan Vargo said her daughter's story should serve as a cautionary tale about the dangers of posting photos on social networks.

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