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Are these teachers crossing the line?
by Reina13
February 4, 2014 at 7:05 AM

There is a story about a middle school in Wisconsin that is taking heat for having their students play a game called "Cross the Line"

Basically the students, grades 5th - 8th are asked a series of probing questions and depending on what their answers are, are asked to step forward. A few of the questions were: " Do your parents drink?", "Has anyone in your family been to jail?" "Do you want to commit suicide?" etc

Parents are upset because they believe the 'game' is intrusive and many of these conversations that need to be had, should be left up to the parents. 
The principal was quoted as saying, "The intent of this activity was to build stronger, more respectful relationships between students".

Personally, I think it is too intrusive to ask certain questions and rather than building stronger more respectful relationships as the principal says, I think it is an open platform for bullying. Who is to say that the kids who do admit to having a parent in jail, or who has thought about cutting, won't be bullied as a result of sharing during this 'game'? While I am all for kids being respectful of each other, I don't know that this is the way to go about it.

Would you be upset by this type of 'game' at your kids school?



  • celestegood
    February 4, 2014 at 8:02 AM
    I would not be ok with this kind of game.
  • CometGirl
    February 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM

     It wouldn't bother me.

  • johnny4ever
    February 4, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    When I was in 11th grade we had to do a paper survery on those questions.I am ok with it.

  • charleyangel317
    February 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM

     That is just too much.

  • Tyrneathem
    February 4, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Well, it seems as though the "game" is appropriately named....

  • delanna6two
    February 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I would have to say I would not be entirely comfortable with this game...kinda on too personal tone for me.

  • alc4evermom
    February 4, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Why out of curiosity?  

    Quoting CometGirl:

     It wouldn't bother me.

  • colins_mom
    February 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM
    Yeah thats not kosher
  • colins_mom
    February 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM
    A paper survey is private. Its not like everyone saw it. This is a group of kids taking notes essentially on who has what weakness.

    Quoting johnny4ever:

    When I was in 11th grade we had to do a paper survery on those questions.I am ok with it.

  • angl_gurl1
    February 4, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    i would be upset. its really none of the schools business

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