“Rape Tag” in School

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School responds immediately to reports of ‘rape tag’ game

February 1, 2012
By Kremena Spengler – Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM – An alarming game played at Washington Elementary School has set off a storm of reaction.

“Speculation” has spread on Facebook about a game called “rape tag.”

It is described as similar to freeze tag, except it apparently involves “hip thrusts” to unfreeze a person.

A parent called Washington Principal Bill Sprung on Jan. 9 to notify him that the game was being played by fifth-graders at the school, Sprung said Tuesday night.

Some 15-20 students from two fifth-grade sections were involved in the game, said Sprung.

Sprung said he immediately notified fifth-grade teachers, who quickly addressed the matter with their classes. Sprung also notified recess supervisors.

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A good opportunity to talk to the kids about… you know

February 3, 2012
By The Journal

There’s has probably never been greater statewide coverage of kids’ playground games than this week, when news spread about the games of “rape tag” some kids have been playing at Washington School. The name itself was enough to make a TV news director drool.

The name is also enough to set off parents, and rightly so. Rape is not something parents of fifth and sixth graders want their kids to know anything about. But in today’s society, where music and entertainment are more and more sexualized, it is hard for kids not to get some exposure to all kinds of things way too early.

Which makes this a good opportunity for parents to bring up the subject with their kids. We suspect a lot of parents put off having the “big talk” about sex with their kids not because the kids aren’t ready, but because the parents aren’t ready.

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