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'Ugly Girl' List: Newfoundland Police Look Into Cyberbullying

12/31/2015 11:26 EST | Updated 12/31/2016 05:12 EST
PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. — Police in western Newfoundland are investigating a possible case of cyberbullying at a school, weeks after another student drew attention to a similar anonymous online poll ranking girls based on their looks.

The RCMP in Port aux Basques say they're looking into the posting of a list of the ugliest girls in Grade 9 at St. James Elementary.

They say the poll was posted on Facebook on Dec. 17.

The incident comes after Lynelle Cantwell of Holy Trinity High in Torbay, N.L.,  made national headlines earlier this month after a similar list of the "ugliest girls" in the Grade 12 was posted to the social media site ask.fm.

She gained national support after she took to Facebook to denounce the poll and its creators in a post that has been shared thousands of times.

Her measured response led to a scholarship to a global youth leadership conference in Toronto.

To the person that made the "ugliest girls in grade 12 at hth" ask.FM straw poll. I'm sorry that your life is so...

Posted by Lynelle Cantwell on Tuesday, 1 December 2015

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