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By Mike Rush

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A has people talking across the bi-state.

Within an hour of posting the original story on our Facebook page, hundreds of you were already weighing in with your opinions.

At Core Elite Tumble and Cheer in Highland, Illinois, the kids who come to master the art of tumbling and cheering don't like the ruling, even though in Illinois, cheerleading is recognized as a sport through the Illinois High School Association.

It's taken seriously at Core Elite. There are about a dozen schools from around the region practicing tumbling and cheering right now.

Many viewers on our Facebook page support the idea of cheerleading as a sport, but a lot of people said it is not. One follower states their main purpose is to entertain and motivate, while another writes, "Cheerleaders are athletes but cheerleading is not a sport."

Those involved in it believe there is definitely a prejudice against cheerleading.

"You don't have a ball, you don't have quarters and periods and stuff, you have three minutes to put it all out on a mat," said cheerleader Shannon Ostrander. "So, I think that's why people don't call it a sport but I think everyone realizes how much dedication and how physically draining it really is."

Shannon's mother, Jennifer Ostrander, owns Core Elite.

"My first question would be do you consider women's competitive gymnastics a sport because they do the exact same skills that they would be doing out on the floor for women's gymnastics," she said.

People are wondering why a federal judge is weighing in on cheerleading. It's because several volleyball players from a university in Connecticut sued the school for deciding to drop volleyball for money reasons and replace it with competitive cheering.

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