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Mother calls for end of 'ugly tradition' at Ladue Horton Watkins High School

6:59 PM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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By Ashley Yarchin

Ladue, MO (KSDK) - There are certain things high school students see as tradition like homecoming and ring day, but at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, there is another, which girls get to know about from the start of their freshman year.

"It's a very nasty, crude, obscene list," said Ruth Ahlemeier.

Ahlemeier has a copy. She showed it to NewsChannel 5, but her attorney wouldn't allow for a picture to be taken of it.

"I could then be distributing further negative information and just nastiness about them so that's why I can't show that list," Ahlemeier explained of the list that came out May 11th, the last day of her daughter's senior year at Ladue. "And I got a hysterical call from my daughter screaming about some horrible mean list that was circulating around school and it was just awful."

She said as the tradition goes, it was written by junior boys, and discusses the body parts, hygiene and sexual habits of a few senior girls.

Ahlemeier wouldn't confirm or deny that her daughter was one of them but said school officials call it an ugly tradition, which may date back 30 years.

"I'm not doing this to get those boys in trouble, because the school district has allowed this to go on for so long that it was a culture," Ahlemeier went on to say.

"Students at our high school at times make some pretty poor decisions," said Ladue's principal, Dr. Bridget Hermann.

She wouldn't say whether any students were disciplined for the last senior list, nor if disciplined, what their punishments were.

"We are trying to take proactive measures in the future as we have in the past but unfortunately things like this occur and when they do, we want to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible to deal with it," Dr. Hermann added.

Ahlemeier said that isn't enough, and that Ladue High School's ugly tradition may end with an ugly lawsuit because she believes what happened there is a violation of civil rights.

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