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At Wednesday's school board meeting, Supt. Constance Hubbard criticized media reports of a "fantasy slut league" at Piedmont High School and said the district doesn't want to taint a wonderful group of kids.

During Wednesday evening's Board of Education meeting, Piedmont Unified School District Superintendent Constance Hubbard criticized media coverage of a so-called "fantasy slut league" at Piedmont High School and defended PHS students as "wonderful kids."

The league's existence became publicly known when PHS Principal Rich Kitchens sent a letter to students' parents Oct. 19 outlining an activity where varsity athletes "drafted" female students — in the manner of a fantasy football league. His letter said, "Male students earn points for documented engagement in sexual activities with female students." He said the school's response would focus on education and understanding, not discipline for past activities. 

"The media is seeking to sensationalize this," Hubbard said Wednesday night. "I'm sorry it's become online fodder."

Hubbard also said, "We do need to set the record straight. We have absolutely no information on criminal conduct.

"Good kids can make mistakes," Hubbard said. "We have such a wonderful set of kids — we don't want to taint them."

Parents "absolutely need" to discuss the issue with their children, she said.

Hubbard said she plans to answer all emails received from parents. The district is "working with all the parent groups to move forward," she said.

She did not address questions that have arisen about the accuracy of Kitchens' letter. Several people who wrote letters to the editor or commented on Piedmont Patch articles have said that the league was primarily a vehicle for recording gossip about students' sexual activities, did not involve force or coercion, and did not revolve around athletes having sex with girls they "drafted."

"I appreciate that the administration is focused on helping kids," said Board President Richard (Rick) Raushenbush at the Wednesday meeting. "This wasn't kept a secret, it was brought out into the open."

The issue has received wide media coverage locally, nationally and internationally, with reports in outlets as diverse as KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny to the New York Daily News.

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IlianaY October 27, 2012 at 07:09 AM
I just read this story and it made me think of the FSL furor. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/10/26/15-year-old-commits-suicide-a-perfect-example-of-slut-shaming/
we get it October 30, 2012 at 09:51 PM
ok, we get it. the leagues are insensitive. the boys took down their leagues and us girls took down our leagues. we get it that they unfairly objectify. what we don't get is why adults are freaking out about this particular example of objectifying in our lives. don't you know that boys and girls are watching porn online all the time? talk about objectifying. one of my friends said her mom was one of the people freaking out on these blogs, until she told her mom that she was one of the girls who created a log. they talked for hours about it and her mom never asked about the internet porn she watches with her boyfriend. focus on the big stuff adults! you sound hysterical when you get all freaked out about the minor stuff like these leagues
we get it October 30, 2012 at 09:53 PM
...i meant to say, my friend was one of the people who "created a league"
ml1999 October 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Do you get it? Yep, you brought up a good point, that being the technological power of an iPhone so that children can watch porn 24/7, anonymously "hook up", sell drugs, and engage in all kinds of wild behavior. And the parents allow it. How many of these wealthy parents will take away the iPhones, and give their kids a basic phone? How many ban their kids from listening to often vulgar rap music? And if they refuse, how many will step up the consequences? I find it amazingly hard to believe that not a single girl or boy was victimized over a 6 year period. This sounds like junior and senior students, maybe even cheerleaders, football and lacrosse players, and a few others, rationalizing their gutteral behavior. BTW, parents: are you aware that even those these children have deleted their Facebook FSLs, that with a court order, you might gain access to them? When they delete them, they are still there for a period of time.
Carol Lloyd October 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Amidst all this talk about a sex league, a lot of local families are claiming this has all been overblown by the media and that it's a great school etc... but I found something interesting about Piedmont High School that I thought might indicate a different kind of gender problem -- and one that is squarely in the realm of the school's responsibility... I wrote about it on my blog on GreatSchools in case anyone wants to check it out. http://blogs.greatschools.org/greatschoolsblog/2012/10/fantasy-slut-leagues-and-test-score-gender-gaps.html

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