Probe underway after Fairfield principals say students made NCAA-style bracket to 'vote' on classmates
The principals of Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde high schools say an investigation is underway after a group of students created a NCAA tournament-style bracket to encourage others to "vote" on female classmates.
In a letter to parents, the principals said that a "small group of Ludlowe and Warde students collaborated on creating an NCAA basketball tournament-type bracket and placed the names of Ludlowe and Warde girls in the place where the teams would be listed. This bracket was placed on a social media platform and participants were encouraged to 'vote' for one name in each pairing."
"We strongly condemn this behavior which is damaging and disparaging to all young women in the freshmen classes of both schools, but also to all Fairfield students and indeed, all women," principals Greg Hatzis and Paul Cavanna said in a joint statement.
They say that they have found the originators of the post during the investigation, but that a third party had created the voting mechanism.
"The students involved will be held accountable for their inappropriate actions. We share the disgust expressed by students, parents, and staff from both schools about this act," they say.
Police say someone's personal information was posted online, and vehicles began driving by that individual's home.
They say while the investigation is not criminal, that could change - and they cannot confirm if the person that was doxxed was a creator of the post or someone reacting to it.
Anyone with information is asked to submit a TIPS report. The investigation is ongoing.