Six on­line ‘ugly girls’ polls span New­found­land and Labrador: of­fi­cial

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The New­found­land and Labrador English School District is now check­ing out com­plaints of six anony­mous polls on­line that ranked girls based on their looks. They in­volve five polls re­ported across the is­land, in­clud­ing one that made na­tional head­lines in Tor­bay, and a po­ten­tial in­ci­dent in Labrador. “Th­ese are very dis­turb­ing acts and they’re com­plex to deal with,’’ said Jeff Thomp­son, the district’s as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of education. It can be tough to trace on­line ha­rass­ment that crosses bor­ders and can hap­pen around the clock, he said in an in­ter­view. Thomp­son stressed that there are con­se­quences for such be­hav­iour. He said the district is work­ing with stu­dents, staff, par­ents and the po­lice but could not im­me­di­ately con­firm any spe­cific dis­ci­pline taken so far. An RCMP spokes­woman was not avail­able Mon­day to up­date on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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