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Published:August 1st, 2010 09:27 EST

Hero Cheerleader Nabs Thief

By Robert Paul Reyes


"A 16-year-old, 110-pound varsity cheerleader in Oklahoma says her tackle and takedown of a 6-foot-tall suspected thief at a local mall was `an instinct thing.`

cheerleaderKealey Oliver, a 5-foot-2 cheerleader for Moore High School in Oklahoma City, said she was at the city`s Penn Square Mall near the Macy`s on the second floor Sunday when she saw a man running toward her with a bag in his hand and security officers running after him shouting `thief,` The Oklahoman reported Friday." UPI

If I`m at a shopping mall and a fleeing shoplifter is headed in my direction, I would give him a wide berth. I wouldn`t consider tackling him, out of fear of getting sued or beat up.

Kealy had no such qualms, she got in the thief`s way, and tackled him to the ground. Kealy demolished my stereotype of the cheerleader as a ditzy babe who eschews dusting out of fear she may scrape a fingernail.

While I commend Kealey, I caution other cheerleaders not to follow her foolhardy action. Kealy is fortunate she didn`t end up dead or in a hospital.

Prison will be hell for the shoplifter who was foiled by a cheerleader, he will be somebody`s wife before he spends a night behind bars.

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