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PARENTS have slammed a high school yearbook asking children to nominate each other for categories including “best bum”, “best looking” and “flirtiest”.

School children aged 15 and 16 at Highfields School in Matlock, Derbyshire, were encouraged to pick other kids for the awards which were branded “disgusting” by concerned parents, reports The Sun.

Some even called the activity “bullying” and have called on the school to ditch the awards.

Other categories included:

Sportiest
Funniest
Best Hair
Most loveable rogue
Teacher’s pet
Cleverest
Best personality
Friendliest
Most fashionable
Cutest
Most laid back
Best musician
Most hardworking
Cutest couple
Couple who never went out
Drama King or Queen
Best smile

Mum-of-three Jane Gretton found the offending nomination form at her house last week when it was brought home by her youngest daughter Bella, 15, who attends the school.

Jane said: “It’s just another thing for children to be bullied by and children at that age are vulnerable enough, it encourages social hang-ups.

“It’s a very American idea, based around sexism and popularity that is encouraged by fraternities and proms.

“The awards are completely inappropriate and sexualise the children. It’s judging people on looks and comparing them to others which could affect them for the rest of their lives, as they grow older.”

Highfields School has now suspended nominations for the yearbook until further notice.

In a statement posted on the school’s Twitter account a spokesperson said: “To Year 11 parents and students – we are aware of the issue with our yearbook nominations and any planning around the Yearbook has been suspended until further notice.

“We apologise for any inconvenience.”

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  • An award is defenetly not necessary

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  • Who even thought this would be a good idea. I think somebody needs to look into that person.

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  • Yeah, nah, really don’t think we needs awards like these in our schools.

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  • This is so wrong. There is too much bullying in the world already.

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  • Yeah, ths is guaranteed to go wrong.

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  • I guess it’s something to clarify with the school – obviously this was a student lead yearbook content. Can’t imagine any teacher approving a “best bum” award – but obviously they should review their policies to ensure there is no inappropriate content being published / promoted in the school community.

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  • Oh a flirt is not a good reward to get…

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  • Best bum and flirtiest shouldn’t be on the list but the others are just in good fun.

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  • Wow! How did this ever happen? In this day and age? There are many ‘funny’ awards that could be suggested, as they have already done, without those body shaming and inappropriate ones.

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  • This is highly inappropriate. A year book should not contain these sorts of things.

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  • Who is responsible for this? Teachers or students? I thought we were passed all this prejudices and using body image as a way to judge people? The school needs to be accountable for this behaviour.

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  • Some of these are totally inappropriate indeed !

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  • I wonder what other inappropriate articles have been put in school yearbooks that haven’t been shown to parents at all. As a pupil I never asked to buy a school book such as this.

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  • Geez no wonder people complained! Best bum?! So inappropriate!

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  • I agree that some are not well thought at all!!

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