Babe Bracket Gets High Schooler Suspended

Kid modeled beauty contest after NCAA basketball tourney

In this tournament, only the bottom seeds get upset.

A New Jersey high school student has been suspended for organizing a contest in which boys voted on the school's best-looking girls in a bracket modeled on the NCAA basketball tournament, according to the Daily Record of Morristown.

Mike Butrym, of Towaco, who organized this year's contest, says he was continuing a Montville High School tradition and believes his five-day suspension is too harsh.

Students confirmed the contest dates back several years. While "May Madness" has usually been conducted in secret, this year teachers learned about it because boys wore T-shirts with the tournament name on the front and "Event Staff" on the back.

Teenage boys chose 16 female students from each grade. Each day, they paired off the girls and judged them on their appearance. Winners advanced to the next round.

The 18-year old says many girls in the school think of the contest as a joke. He says they even started their own version judging boys. His suspension, which ends today, was too harsh, Butrym said.

He was suspended for intimidation, harassment and insubordination.

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