School district tries to crack down on Mount Si High boys ranking girls in hot-or-not contest
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — The Snoqualmie Valley School District is taking a tougher stance this year on Mount Si High School boys who are ranking the girls online in a hot-or-not contest.
Zoe Virta says she’s one of many girls at the school who have once again found themselves on a hot-or-not bracket, created by their fellow male classmates.
It’s known as ‘May Madness’ and it’s set up in a bracket system similar to college basketball’s March Madness. It’s been going on for years, on a private Facebook page, allegedly created by Mount Si High School boys.
“I am so much more than just my face and my body,” Zoe said. “I am a scholar. I am a musician. I am an athlete. I’m a friend, I’m a sister, I’m a daughter. I’m hopefully gonna be a mother. I am so much more than my face and my body.”
To make their feelings clear, girls are wearing T-shirts made last year that read, "Be above the madness."
“I’m disgusted. It makes me feel so angry that these boys think that they can just take all their classmates, these people they've known for a decade or more, and just stack them against each other to determine their worth for them,” says Naomi Litwack.
This year the Snoqualmie Valley School District is cracking down, sending home a letter to the parents of certain male students who may have been invited to join or are participating in the private Facebook group rating female classmates.
The notice alerts parents if their son is continuing to participate after Friday, they could find themselves not participating in athletics, prom or even graduation ceremonies.
“I really want this to stop. I don't want other girls to have to deal with this. I don't want my friends to have to deal with this. I don't want future generations to have to deal with this,” Zoe said.
Since this is a private Facebook page, the district says it hard to shut down because only the people invited can see it. Also the creator of the page used a fake name to set it up.
Either way, the girls say they're not backing down. They've set up a gofundme page to help Mt Si's Gender Equality Club. Click here to go that page.