Popular drill team show booted from KCK community college

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- For months now, lots of metro boys and girls have been looking forward to going to Kansas City, Kansas Community College to participate in a fun-filled drill team show.

"My kids look forward to this every year. I just cannot believe I may have to cancel it," said a frustrated LaVeda Davis about her annual competition.

Davis says for the last 17 years, scores of boys and girls from all around the Kansas City area and nation get real excited when October comes around.

"They work so hard practicing and competing in a lot of competitions in other cities. Over the years, my team has probably won almost 40 first and second place trophies. I've worked so hard building a strong, positive relationship with the college," Davis said proudly.

However, the connection between LaVeda Davis and Kansas City, Kansas Community College has now been severed.

Davis tells FOX 4 last week the facility director at the community college suddenly told her that come October the college will not host Davis' Gateway High-Steppers Drill Team Show.

"My team doesn't compete during the event because we, ourselves, host other teams from around the country. This year we are expecting teams from St. Louis, Chicago, Indiana and a few other cities to come here and have a good time. This is a family-oriented event and so when that guy told me that we can't have it at the college I was very disappointed and shocked because it just doesn't make any sense, " said Davis.

Today by phone, Tony Tompkin, the Athletic Director at Kansas City, Kansas Community College told FOX 4's Robert Townsend. "For years fights, vandalisms and even some arrests have occurred during the Gateway High-Steppers annual event."

Also, in a statement sent to FOX 4 late Wednesday afternoon, Kelly Rogge, a spokesperson for KCK Community College also said "unfortunately based on our current campus resources and potential for damage to KCKCC property, we will not be able to provide a facility rental this year" to the Gateway High-Steppers.

Currently, more than 100 students between the ages of five and 18 are in the High-Steppers.

"They keep trying to say all the fights, all the vandalisms caused them to turn us down, but no one from the college ever mentioned those things to me. I didn't find out about the so-called "past problems" until last week and I don't think that's fair. I think they should reconsider and sit down and talk to me about how we can reach some kind of agreement," added LaVeda Davis.

On Wednesday, no one from the community college would confirm exactly when Davis was first notified about the past problems.

Meantime, Davis says she wants to meet with KCK Mayor Mark Holland, whom she says her drill team has performed for in the past.

"I just don't want to see our show canceled just because of the fact that that's one less performance we will have and it will be heartbreaking for everybody, " said 17-year-old Alec Mooberry, a member of the Gateway High-Steppers.

"I like it because it's like my second family and I just love performing for people. I also don't want to see it canceled either, " said 10-year-old, drill captain, ZyReasha Williams.

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, KCKCC issued the following statement:

“We were very pleased to meet with Ms. Davis to discuss the situation and reach an agreement to allow Gateway High Steppers use of the KCKCC Fieldhouse for their 2016 Fall event.  KCKCC is proud of our history of being a vital community partner and a good steward of resources.”