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Albany high school students hold beauty bracket

Colonie, N.Y. A March Madness-style bracket at Shaker High School in Albany is being investigated by local authorities.

Instead of basketball team rankings, this bracket is ranking the looks of current and former female students.

May the best girl win, the Twitter account where the bracket began said.

The anonymous Twitter posters would choose four students from each grade and ask classmates to rank them, forcing the students to compete to be the best-looking girl, if they knew it was happening or not.

It didnt make me feel good. I would be walking down the halls and there were these groups of guys clapping at me, said Kara Crodelle, a student at Shaker High. I thought they were better than this. I was embarrassed.

The account was deactivated 24 hours after it was brought to the attention of Shaker High Principal Richard Murphy.

High school officials consider the account a form of cyberbullying. Police will not be following with criminal charges.

When girls are in high school, they judge themselves by their peers, Psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig said on Good Morning America. They want to be considered beautiful. They want to be considered attractive. And if theyre not, it can influence their self-esteem and self-concept.

From the guys point of view, they thought it was funny, but they dont understand how it makes us feel, Crodelle said.

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Washington Times