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Does a Body-Building Competition Belong on School Campus? Not If It Involves Body-Building Women in Bikinis, Says Superintendent

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One local superintendent's decision to ban a body building competition from being held on school grounds during summer break is going to get a second look, according to Monrovia Patch.

The superintendent of Monrovia Unified School District Linda Wagner told West Coast Classic Bodybuilding and Figure that they couldn't hold their event on school grounds, if there were going to be any "scantily-clad women" around.

"She just said, 'We do not want our school associated with scantily clad women,'" local bodybuilder Whelan told Patch. "Her view on it was very, very clear." (That view, apparently, did not seem to involved any concern about the itty-bitty speedos body-building men wear.)

In the past schools like El Monte High and Rosemead High didn't mind have any female body-builders showing off their pecs, abs and huge guns in a bikini. But the body-builders wanted to move the contest to a city with more amenities. And the school board in Monrovia doesn't want to call Wagner's decision final — after all, the contest could bring in several thousand dollars to the coffers of the school's booster club.

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"I don't think it's ruled out completely," Gililland said. "I think the board will take a serious look at it with the superintendent. Is the answer going to continue to be 'no'? I can't say right now."