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WATCH: Shocking video of Colorado cheerleader being forced into splits

Posted at 2:24 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 17:24:42-04

A shocking video showing a cheerleader being forced into splits over the summer is going viral.

The video shows several girls holding out another cheerleader's legs and arms as a coach appears to push down on her.

The girl can be seen crying and heard saying "I can't! Please stop! Please stop!" on the video.

It happened at East High School in Denver, Colorado. Five school officials, including the principal and cheer coach, were placed on administrative leave Wednesday after the video came to light.

In addition, police in Denver are investigating the incident as a possible case of child abuse.

The girl's mother told CBS Denver that her child suffered a burst blood vessel as a result of the incident and is still in physical therapy.