A list ranking the ‘attractiveness’ of the upper class of Bexley High School girls was posted on social media over the weekend.
The nine-level list ranked girls from “bhaddie” at the top to “disgusting garbage people.” Some of the other categories include “def above average”, “meh”, vomit emoji, and “horse”.
The girls’ faces were displayed next to different categories, with the ones closest to the left being ranked higher in that category. This is similar to how tier lists rate albums, video game characters, and TV show episodes.
The list was first posted as an Instagram story on Saturday and was said to have been written by three male students in the senior class at Bexley, said Andrew Morton, a senior from Bexley who spoke out against the list.
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The Bexley City School District is aware of the list and is investigating the situation, according to district officials.
The district is working to determine who compiled the list and sent a notice to students and families about the social media post on Monday. Citing student privacy laws, the district did not say what the potential sanction would be for anyone involved in creating the list.
“The district is deeply concerned and does not tolerate these actions,” district officials said in a statement to The Dispatch on Monday. “We are very grateful for the courage of our students who brought this inappropriate behavior to our attention. BCSD provides advice to our affected students. We remain committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for each of our students. “
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Similar situations have occurred in other schools across the country. In 2019, at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, for example, a group of 50 boys were reportedly punished after discovering they were targeting 18 older girls by creating a list with their first names and a note next to each and then shared it. on social media, according to reports.
Bexley Schools Define Bullying, Harassment and Bullying as “a written, verbal, electronic or physical intentional act that a student has exhibited more than once toward another particular student. … The behavior causes mental or physical harm to the other student and is severe, persistent or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student. … Students found responsible for harassment, intimidation or intimidation, including harassment, intimidation or bullying by an electronic act, may be suspended. “
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Sarah George, a senior in Bexley, has been placed on the list and finds it disturbing.
“Everyone will always see that three boys thought I was the equivalent of a vomit emoji,” said the 18-year-old. “That’s the scary part. There are girls who will forever be labeled on the internet as a filthy trash can or a horse. ”
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In response, she launched a petition for the suspension of the boys on the list. The petition had accumulated more than 1,600 signatures as of Tuesday morning.
“It took us completely by surprise because it’s something you see happening in movies and TV shows,” George said. “It’s traumatic and could follow us for the rest of our lives.”
The list sparked a lot of outrage, including statements on the petition such as: “This list is misogyny at its best,” “I’m signing because my friends and I have been objectified and it’s disgusting” and ” These boys need to be held accountable for their actions. “
Bexley had state tests on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday, so this will be the first time that a majority of seniors have returned to the classroom together since the list was released.
Morton said a friend of his was put in the lowest category and found it all heartbreaking. He said he planned to contact the colleges where the three boys who allegedly created the list were accepted to ask them to cancel their offers.
“It was cruel,” said the 17-year-old. “It was horrible. My heart ached so much.”