A Kenosha, Wisconsin high school has ended an annual banquet after the American Civil Liberties Union found specific awards were given to cheerleaders based on physical attributes.
Last spring, Tremper High School gave out “Big Boobie,” “Big Booty” and “Stringbean” awards to cheerleaders with the largest breast, largest buttocks and skinniest frame.
Asma Kadri Keeler graduated from Tremper High School. She is also a staff attorney with ACLU of Wisconsin.
“Saying that I’m disappointed is an understatement. I went to this high school. I can’t believe that not only would my old school district engaged and allow this type of behavior but that it was swept under the rug that it wasn’t taken seriously,” Keeler says.
The ACLU wrote that students in the past have left practice in tears, feeling ashamed of their bodies because of the coaches’ comments. They said some students quit the squad.
Kenosha Unified School District released the following statement about the Tremper awards:
“In regards to the Tremper incident, 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. As for the investigation, we are not at liberty to share personnel matters.”