A high school ‘hotness tournament’ at a high school in Washington state is upsetting many parents.
The online “tournament,” called ‘May Madness,’ asks students at Issaquah High School to pit their female classmates against each other and vote on which is the sexiest.
On the Facebook page, girls are encouraged to “look their finest” at the suburban Seattle school while voting is underway, King5.com reports.
“This kind of thing is sexualizing us girls like we’re some sort of trophy,” sophomore Devon Keller told the station.
The student-led tournament imitates a contest held by a local sports radio station that ranks models and celebrities. It’s been held for at least five years at the school and officials have been unable to do away it because the contest isn’t held on school grounds.
“Almost every teenage girl has self-esteem issues,” student Tristan Robinson said. “And doing something like that is absolutely ridiculous.”
District spokeswoman Sarah Niegowski said the contest “doesn’t feel good” to anyone.
School officials say police are monitoring the site.
Read more: King5.com