'Slut league' at Piedmont High School in Calif. disturbs parents

October 23, 2012 10:26:05 AM PDT
Piedmont High School is known for its high academic standards. It's ranked third in California in student test scores. But now, its reputation is under fire because of a lurid controversy -- a sex game played by some students.

Piedmont's principal sent parents a letter describing the school's recent discovery of "a 'Fantasy Slut League' in which our female students (unbeknownst to most of them) are drafted as part of the league... Male students earn points for documented engagement in sexual activities with female students."

"Hopefully it opened up conversations with a lot of families in town because we should be thinking about what our kids are doing and holding them responsible for behavior that's not appropriate," parent Tami Becker said.

The school says there's no indication anyone was forced to participate in the league or that any crimes were committed, but they continue to investigate.

Principal Rich Kitchens says he has alerted police.

"We don't have specific identities yet and without specific identities there's not much you can do and also this is largely, if not totally, off-campus behavior," Kitchens said.

Kitchens says whistleblowers tell him the league has been in play for years, mostly involving varsity athletes with peer pressure and alcohol as factors.

Students willing to talk say it is demeaning.

"I think it's kind of abuse of women; I don't really like it, it's kind of like bullying," student Zoe Daffner said.

Other students say while a point system is repulsive, teenage sex is a societal issue, not just a Piedmont High School issue.

"It always comes back to how do we educate students and to have further conversations with the community," Assistant Superintendent Randall Booker said.

The school now has educational assemblies planned.

"I think an assembly is the first step to take a general approach to this," student Matty Specht said.

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