Last week, the University of Wisconsin marching band was suspended over hazing allegations including sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse.
In 2003, an Illinois girls football initiation sent five girls to the hospital. One girl said she had a "pig intestine wrapped around [her] neck."
"Everybody can say, 'Oh, that's funny' and 'What's the big deal?' but that's just the beginning," Lipkins said. "What we know with students is they make things larger and larger. They want to outdo the next person."
School district officials said they have suspended all varsity cheerleading activities at Morton Ranch High School in Katy for the rest of the year.
For a girl that has been cheering since the third grade, even if she gets to pick up the pompoms again, it may not be the same for Nickell.
"It's just, it's been devastating," she said.