Parents Are LIVID After School Asks Kids Super-Personal Questions During ‘Anti-Bullying’ Exercise
From Chicksontheright.com: … Could this happen here? ….
Can’t say that I blame these parents, really.
According to this, West Allegheny Middle School in Pittsburgh held a “Kindness Workshop” during which groups of students were blindfolded and asked to respond to questions like “‘You or someone close to you identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender” or “You or your family has ever worried about not having enough money” and “You or someone in your family is from another country,” as well as other scenarios that might be sensitive to talk about in a group setting like that. The blindfolded students would move to a designated area if the question applied to them. The sourcelink says that many students were “in tears” afterward because the questions were so personal.
The parents of the students are furious that their kids were asked to participate in this. The school says that they did send home a letter giving parents the choice to opt their kids out of the exercise, but they do admit that the letter didn’t say what topics would be discussed or what the workshop actually entailed. From the article –
A three-hour meeting was held with parents yesterday to discuss their concerns, though reporters were not allowed to go inside
Speaking after the meeting, Marie-Noelle Briggs, whose son took part in the exercise, told reporters: ‘The damage they’ve done to our kids.
‘How do you fix it? How do you fix what’s already been done? All they’re doing is covering themselves.
‘I never would expect a middle school to ask 13-year-old kids if their parent was in jail, if they’re same-sex, if they’re having financial issues.’
Pam Brosovic, who has a nephew at the school, added: ‘I asked them to do the same thing they asked the kids to do: Stand in a circle, put a mask on and say all your problems.
‘Your mom’s in jail, your dad’s a drunk – good Lord she gave the bullies ammo.’
Local attorney Robert Mielnicki confirmed that several parents had contacted him intending to sue the school, saying the workshop violated the right to privacy.
How is this kind of thing supposed to stop bullying? You stand up in front of your classmates and admit things that you don’t want to talk about – things that are personal and, frankly, none of their business. And don’t give me the whole “they were blindfolded” crap. That’s not going to stop kids from seeing who admits that they’re gay or whose family is having financial trouble.
The parents and students have every right to be upset.