This story that makes me feel sad for the young men and young women. Here’s the full AP story. See what you think.
SAN FRANCISCO — School administrators and parents are wrestling with how to respond to news that some male high school athletes created a statistics-based fantasy league that awarded points when girls the boys “drafted” were rumored to have engaged in sexual activity.
Parents at Piedmont High School were notified of the league’s existence in a letter and email Friday.
Varsity athletes used the online competition, modeled after fantasy leagues common in major league sports, as a bonding activity for the last five or six years, Principal Rich Kitchens said in the letter.
“Male students earn points for documented engagement in sexual activities with female students,” he wrote.
Most of the female students who were drafted into the league weren’t aware of the competition, he added.
Officials at the San Francisco Bay area suburban school learned about the game during an assembly on date rape earlier this month. Administrators interviewed students, parents and staff members, but weren’t able to identify any participants in the competition, which students referred to as a “Fantasy Slut League,” Kitchens said.
Neither Kitchens nor Piedmont Unified School District Superintendent Constance Hubbard immediately responded to calls seeking details about how the league worked and whether administrators plan to continue trying to pinpoint who was involved.
“The revelation that students expressed concern that the fallout could result in discipline and affect their college applications suggests an understanding by students that there is something wrong” with the league, Kitchens said in his email to parents.
Kitchen also told parents that the teacher who organized the date rape assembly would collect personal stories from students with an eye toward developing another school-wide meeting on the “personal integrity” issues the league’s disclosure raised.
The high school also plans to hold classroom discussions and pre-season meetings with student athletes to “address issues of sportsmanship, conduct, and integrity.”
“While off-campus activities are not subject to school discipline, because it involves our students, it involves us,” the principal said. “At this point, because we do not have specifics about participants or victims, our focus is on education and understanding moving forward, not discipline for past activities.”
Piedmont is an affluent area of Oakland prized for its public schools and high levels of parent involvement. Dana Copeland, president of the high school’s parent club, said she was surprised to learn of the league’s existence, but appreciated the principal’s effort to keep parents informed
Is this worse than boys just talking about alleged sexual conquests? What do you with this as parents? As teachers? How do you discipline or explain why this is wrong?