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Supt. Hubbard: 'Fundamentally a Safe, Respectful School Community'

PUSD officials were tight-lipped on the Piedmont High School fantasy sex brouhaha Monday, but the issue received wide media coverage.

Piedmont Unified School District officials were largely quiet on the "fantasy slut league" issue Monday but reportedly spent much of the day in meetings and fielding numerous phone calls from parents and the media.

PUSD Superintendent Constance Hubbard emailed the following written statement Monday in response to Piedmont Patch's request for comment:

"This is a matter of school and family working together to support our teens to make good choices and to treat each other with respect and dignity. We wanted to communicate to families to encourage a dialogue and to inform parents of what we as a school community are doing to proactively address activities that are detrimental to the culture we want for our students. We are confident that our students are capable and willing to step up to the challenge to be active participants in strengthening what is fundamentally a safe, respectful school community."

Richard (Rick) Raushenbush, president of the PUSD Board of Education, said only, "This matter is being handled by the District Administration and you should contact Connie Hubbard with any inquiries," and Piedmont High School Principal Rich Kitchens has not responded to Patch's request for comment.

Some Piedmont Patch readers who commented on earlier articles reported being barraged with phone calls from members of the media yesday and over the weekend. The issue has received wide coverage nationally in newspapers, blogs and television.

The existence of the "fantasy slut league" came to public attention last Friday when Kitchens sent a letter to parents of PHS students outlining the issue and school officials' plans to address concerns with students.

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Stacy October 23, 2012 at 02:44 PM
If this has been going on for 6 or more years I find it really hard to believe that the school administration or coaching staff was not aware.
Leah October 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Piedmont is notarious at looking the other way--not big into introspection or addressing issues. 'Tis the culture.
ml1999 October 23, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Why do I bet that PUSD Superintendent Constance Hubbard or the PHS principal have lofty academic credentials, but limited practical skills? Or are they just trying to protect their jobs, and potential lawsuits? WHO knew WHAT, WHEN? Was the football coach really unaware? His assistants? The school teachers? WHERE is this "log" of supposed conquests? Did this FSL "game" contribute to rape, pregnancy, or sexually transmitted diseases? Hubbard sounds like a world-class buffoon to me when she writes that the students are "capable and willing"... what?? No, they aren't!! Most of them - by definition - are CHILDREN! Who pays the price if they drink and drive? Their parents, or the person they hit. Hubbard and Kitchedn had this going on for at least 6 years, and are we supposed to beleive that Kitchen was unaware of this - that whole time?? Ridiculous.
parent October 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Kitchens is new. Booker might have known, but I bet Brooke Zimmerman did.
Alex White October 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Where do we begin with you? You "bet" Hubbard and Kitchens have limited practical skills? It is a lack of education that led to this mess so let's do a little more research next time we're making generalizations. Connie Hubbard has extensive experience on the School Board and has been hands-on with practice and policy throughout. Furthermore, Rich Kitchens taught classes for many years before becoming Principal and I can confidently say that he is one of the best educators I've encountered in 17 years of schooling. He's taught thousands of Piedmont students about the law, their constitutional rights and how to be upstanding citizens. I can assure you that no one was more angered by this situation than he was. Unlike you though, Kitchens and Hubbard have faith in their students. Indeed, many of them are children, but how can we expect our youth to be responsible in adulthood if we do not afford them responsibility leading up to it? Certainly they will make mistakes, but they also have the capacity to learn from those and make changes in their lives as they come into maturity. If you take the ownership of this problem away from the students, if you assert that these young adults are not "capable and willing" to address the issue within their own community, you soundly disempower them. You reinforce the notion that they are not able to handle problems on their own and that they are, in fact, "CHILDREN!". But then how can you argue when children act childishly?
Another Piedmont Parent October 24, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Why not punish football team who is at center of this to show they are serious about such horrible behavior? This will make students think twice before creating such a sick "game"
strong young women October 24, 2012 at 04:13 PM
parents and supposed other adults: you are setting a very bad example for us. first, mr kitchens sent out the letter before fully investigating the facts. if he had interviewed us girls before sending out the letter, he would have found out that we set up leagues of our own. and that we were never bullied. second, after principal kitchens sent out the letter incorrectly implying bullying, parents and adults assumed we are stupid and impressionable. we know what's going on. we set up our own leagues about the boys. no one is pressuring or bullying. we are bored and trying to have fun
Outraged parent October 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM
When I first heard about these leagues, I was outraged because I was told the leagues were bullying my daughters. I assumed Principal Kitchens had done a real investigation before he alleged coercion and bullying with alcohol. As it has become obvious over the past couple days that both boys and girls were setting up these leagues, and that no bullying or coercion has been associated with these leagues, I am outraged at Principal Kitchens. How could he send out such a damaging letter without researching the facts and interviewing the kids? I have two PHS daughters who tell me that if the Principal Kitchens had talked to the girls they would have told him that girls were setting up leagues of their own. My daughters also tell me that no one they know has heard of a single girl at PHS who has ever been coerced with alcohol (or otherwise) in connection with these leagues. My daughters also tell me that they know smart, sensitive boys who are so depressed by what has happened that they can't eat or do their homework. They know they did something immature by setting up leagues, but they aren't predators. Television crews are swarming around campus, because the principal sent out a letter full of untrue statements. So now I'm outraged at the school for what they have done to these boys. The reckless behavior of the school administration will cause lasting damage to these boys.
Marinista October 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM
As a concerned parent, it's important to get to the truth of the matter, instead of choosing to simply be "outraged".
Marinista October 24, 2012 at 11:32 PM
There it is, right there. "We are bored and want to have fun." Strong young women, if you're bored, why resort to sexually objectifying your classmates? There is a whole world out there to explore. This really can't be the only hobby you know about. Think about the the Richmond High rape. It's because those high school students saw their fellow classmate as just a sexual object, that they were able to do such horrifying acts to her body. Seriously, ask your parents to help you find another hobbyalI stead, donate some of your time to a rape crisis center. You'll see firsthand what happens, when one gets objectified sexually. And I promise, you won't be bored.
FSL-SOUTHPARKEPISODE October 25, 2012 at 03:12 AM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/100000-Strong-for-South-Park-Episode-about-FSL/122736727879939
parent October 25, 2012 at 05:07 AM
this
parent October 25, 2012 at 05:10 AM
this might be a good time to look into the rumor that coaches provide alcohol to the lacrosse team before games to make them a little edgy and aggressive and pot is smoked in a bathroom at the community church.
CC October 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Do folks not understand simply what an unhealthy atmosphere this is for young women? What sort of a community for our young daughters to grow up in - how do they develop their self esteem and confidence in this environment?
ml1999 October 25, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Thanks for your reply. I agree that much of the responsibility of this lies with the parents and children, but the administrators and coaches who had this going on under their nose for 6 years seem complicit by their inaction. If coaches heard about this "Fantasy Slut League" and did nothing, and if teachers looked the other way, they are part of the problem. By definition, children are children. Ergo, if someone was in a drunk-driving accident, or was harmed, the parents would be responsible. In your missive I never once read the word consequences or respect. No, I don't have "faith" in these students, as their Neanderthal behavior has been well documented. True, if these checked-out or technologically ignorant parents saw these kids behavior online, they could impart such consequences - take away the iPhone, the BMW, all the other Piedmont bennies, and ban rap music and unchaperoned "Dance Party's" with underage drinking, grinding, "twerking", and more. But why do I gather that most wouldn't? You also wrote: "but how can we expect our youth to be responsible in adulthood if we do not afford them responsibility leading up to it?" Do they have chores? Do they have jobs? Do they do charity work? Can they go to a dance without getting hammered or acting like vulgar morons? There are many ways for children to gain skills, which should include a moral education. Unfortunately, the adults that knew about this, and turned a blind eye, FAILED in many folks eyes.
ml1999 October 25, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Ten points! Someone with some idea of parental skills has stepped to the plate.
ml1999 October 25, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Strong young woman, you wrote: "assumed we are stupid and impressionable." Well, I guess we could add that you have no moral compass, if this is truly a young female student. And because 4 or 6 or 10 young women choose to be salacious, does that mean that all of your fellow students also signed up for this immature behavior? As far as stupid, or maybe naive fits better, that would apply to the parents who don't know what their children do on Facebook, Twitter, email, and VOX (iPhone communication software).
ml1999 October 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Why does the comment "that no bullying or coercion has been associated with these leagues," ring so hollow? It's impossible to know what 6 years worth of girls and boys, how they all felt, without a thorough, out-of-the-shadows investigation. We also know from studies that something like 75% of rapes are never reported. Now these reckless, immoral teenagers are being described as "sensitive, smart and depressed"? Well well, Mom & Dad and the administrators and coaches weren't mindful, and now you all have consequences.
johnsmitty October 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
JOIN THE MOVEMENT https://www.facebook.com/pages/100000-Strong-for-South-Park-Episode-about-FSL/122736727879939?ref=hl
johnsmitty October 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
pot doesn't make you edgy or aggresive

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