Counseling sessions begin Friday for Grady High School students after a spring break "bracket ranking post" caused a social media uproar. The school system is investigating the incident which many called demeaning and objectifying to dozens of young girls.

"First of all, it's not right. Every woman is beautiful in their own way." This week, a letter from Grady High School's principal was sent to parents like Nike Manson.

"Over the weekend we learned that while off campus on spring break, a small group of Grady students created a basketball tournament-style bracket and briefly posted it to social media." Students confirm with CBS46, the bracket essentially ranked female high schoolers.

Manson said she's talking with her son about the situation and wants him to understand its impact.

"You're actually putting down girls, you're actually putting down their thoughts, their interests." She continued, "how they look and feel about themselves."

Grady students allege a group of male juniors were behind the postings which rated several dozens of girls based on their appearances. While the postings may have seemed like a joke, the district considers it anything but.

The principal, not mincing any words, wrote current and former students feel the event is 'a symptom of a larger ill within our society.'

Adding, some 'young men believe they have the license to objectify, demean, and even assault.'

The bracket ranking confidence crushers come at a fragile time, parents explaining high school is already tough enough for teens to navigate. As leaders continue to investigate, folks like Nike Manson expect one thing at the very least:

"I think they owe the girls and apology."

Grady High School says any disciplinary actions will remain confidential.

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