Wisconsin school ends cheerleading awards for body parts

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KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin school district official says its high school will no longer hand out cheerleading awards that are based on a girl's physical attributes, including largest breasts or buttocks.

Asma Kadri Keeler, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Wisconsin: "There were three body shaming awards given out and they were titled the big booby strobe award for the girl with the biggest breasts, the biggest booty award for the girl with the biggest buttocks and the string bean award for the skinniest girl."

The American Civil Liberties Union says an annual banquet has been held at Tremper High School in the Kenosha Unified School District that recognizes the most improved or hardest working cheerleaders.

But the ACLU says special gag awards are also given based on certain physical attributes.

The cheer coach said that they have ran the program this way for years and have never had a problem.

The ACLU says it obtained correspondence from Tremper Principal Steve Knecht telling a parent that the gag awards were meant to be funny.

"When you have girls as young as 14 on this team, to say that calling someone up in front of hundreds of people and calling attention to her breasts, her buttocks, her frame and saying that's a joke is more than inappropriate, it's likely against the law," said Keeler. "The district needs to take action to make the schools a safe place for all students."

District spokeswoman Tanya Ruder says these awards won't be made at future cheerleading banquets.

The district issued this statement saying: 'a clear expectation has been set that awards of this nature are not acceptable and are not to be given at Tremper Cheerleading banquets going forward.'

The ACLU says they're exploring all legal options -- depending on how the district responds.

And this isn't the only issue they mentioned, at another high school in Kenosha it was reported that students watched a movie and then got a worksheet asking what a woman could have done to avoid a sexual assault.

The district says it's not using that worksheet anymore.