Oak Park-River Forest student could face expulsion for list ranking female classmates
By BILL DWYER and TODD SHIELDS Pioneer Press January 18, 2011 8:03AM
Updated: April 24, 2011 4:46AM
A four-page list ranking 50 Oak Park-River Forest High School girls by their physical attributes and alleged promiscuity angered parents and students, who have filed police complaints and called for action from the school’s administration.
The list, which was posted on Facebook and then printed and distributed at the high school Friday afternoon, features the names of each girl and graphic references to their alleged sexual behavior and other salacious personal information.
One girl interviewed Monday said all the girls on the list stand out academically and socially.
“A good majority are athletic, beautiful, honors students, talented,” she said.
The girl, who asked to remain anonymous, said she “tried to play it off,” but was very angry. She went to take a test Friday, but had trouble concentrating.
“I was shaking the whole entire time,” she said. “Everyone wants to just go home and forget about it. But you can’t.”
School spokeswoman Kay Foran said officials are conducting an investigation that may last 10 days. The student responsible for distributing the list has been identified and could face expulsion, and other students’ participation is also under review.
Besides a narrative on each girl, the list features a 10-point ranking of each girl’s facial appearance and 5-point ratings on their various body parts, as well as a notation indicating whether their “stock” has gone up or down.
The girls were given derogatory nicknames including “New Queen,” “The Designated Drunk,” and “The Amazing Bisexual.” Many references insult the girls by race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
After distributing the fliers to other male students Friday afternoon, the author walked to the student center, where he addressed an impromptu gathering, student sources said. He is captured on one cell phone video hollering, “Women are the future, unless we stop them now,” as he danced around to a cheering crowd of students.
The girl said she was encouraged by the response of some boys at the school, several of whom confronted those handing out the fliers.
“It was a pleasant surprise,” she said. “One guy, a basketball player, took a whole file folder from a guy and threw them in the garbage.”
Contributing: Sun-Times Media