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Defiant basketballer April Gehl suspended over the right to taunt

April Gehl is one of the top scorers on Hilbert High's basketball team. She suffers from no shortage of school spirit.

April Gehl is one of the top scorers on Hilbert High's basketball team. She suffers from no shortage of school spirit.

Not since Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union checked pom-poms on the courts of East Compton have high schoolers fought so hard for the freedom to roast each other.

Now, straight out of Wisconsin, comes Hilbert High School basketball player April Gehl, who has made international headlines after getting suspended for five games over a tweet.

The spirited teen’s offending three-word post — “Eat shit WIAA” — was directed at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association for its censorship of high school cheers across the state.

The WIAA had recently sent a nose-snubbing email to state high schools, warning them to tone down cheers clearly intended to taunt or disrespect opposing teams in the interest of good sportsmanship.

Specific chants considered to be too mean: “You can’t do that,” “Air ball,” “There’s a net there,” and “Season’s over.”

Gehl’s immediate reaction was to tell the WIAA to suck it up. After all, what are fans and cheerleaders for if they cannot aggressively denounce their adversaries? 

The WIAA caught on to Gehl’s tweet almost immediately and tattled to Hilbert High. The school then served up a five-game suspension.

Gehl’s tweet, which was originally posted January 4, remains public as of Wednesday. Its removal wasn’t a condition of her punishment.