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"Where'd You Go To High School?" Is Not Just a St. Louis Question

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Riverfront Times
Where did you go to high school?
Are you Catholic? How rich is your family? What kind of person are you?

One seven-word question answers these three intrusive queries and more for people in St. Louis: Where did you go to high school?

St. Louisans are notorious for replacing, "Hi, how are you?" with this question about one's alma mater, to the bewilderment of transplants.

Turns out, St. Louis is not alone.


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Student Arrested for Changing Classmate's Name to "Masturbate" in School Yearbook

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Mugshot /Courtesy Raigan Mastain
Kaitlyn Booth, left, and Raigan Mastain.
Ragain Mastain didn't even notice the "edit" to a photo caption of herself in the Hickman High School yearbook until her boyfriend called the night after the books were distributed.

When the eighteen-year-old graduating senior flipped to page 270, Mastain saw her last name had been changed to "Masturbate." While surprised, she says her reaction was measured.

"It's not an ideal situation," she tells Daily RFT. "But it's also something I have no control over."

Within roughly 24 hours, a classmate, seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn Booth, found herself in another less-than-ideal situation: locked up for her alleged hand in this little game of X-rated Mad Libs.

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The "Ladue List": Office of Civil Rights and Ladue High School Reach Agreement

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A recent entry on Ladue Horton Watkins High School's meme page.
Ah, springtime -- flowers are blooming, birds are singing...vicious, slut-shaming lists are being written?

It's been about a year since the last "Senior List" was passed around the halls of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. Next to the name of seven graduating senior girls was an insult -- some for sexual promiscuity, one for being an "alcoholic" and getting DUIs, another for having bad teeth.

This year, after one mom helped launch an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, the district is hoping the list is dead.

"I think everyone has their fingers crossed that the kids are smart enough to know this is not OK," says Susan Dielmann, the Ladue District's director of communications.

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Baillie Tanner, Target of Homecoming Prank, is "Happier Than She's Ever Been"

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Courtesy Tonya Cookson Tanner
Baillie gets an up-do at the consignment shop.
Baillie Tanner, the 15-year-old Pacific High School sophomore whose parents discovered she was the target of a cruel homecoming prank, was crowned on Saturday and attended the school dance.

Although rumors have swirled for weeks that she would be jeered or even pelted with eggs, the event went off without a hitch, according to Baillie's mom Tonya.

"Whenever they announced Baillie's name, there was a section in the middle that actually stood up and cheered," says Tonya. "That seemed genuine."

But aside from the niceties of this singular evening, it appears the story may also have a genuinely happy ending.

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