US high school 'hotness tournament' sparks controversy

Washington, May 9 : A high school in Washington is courting controversy after the students anonymously started May Madness - a competition that pits female students against each other in a bracket to determine who is the "hottest."

According to Seattle's KING-TV, the so-called "hotness tournament" has become kind of a tradition at Issaquah High School in Issaquah.

In the past five years, boys have been encouraged to vote online for who they think are the best-looking girls in their class while the girls are encouraged to "look their finest" during the voting period, the Huffington Post reported.

The Seattle Times reported that the creators of May Madness -- allegedly set up similarly to college basketball's March Madness -- are anonymous.

Last year, the contest's Facebook page had a direct link to voting, but this year it does not and school administrators have not been able to determine who is behind the tournament.

The Times reported that as Issaquah High officials try to track down the people responsible for the contest, they have been keeping police abreast of the situation and are asking host sites to shut down the voting pages.

However, Issaquah School District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said that the people behind this know their First Amendment rights.

--ANI (Posted on 09-05-2013)

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