PIEDMONT -- A somber school board and superintendent prefaced the regular school board meeting Wednesday night with comments about the highly publicized sex fantasy league that came to light at Piedmont High School all this week.
A media firestorm -- from local to national coverage -- broke loose after Piedmont High School principal Rich Kitchens sent an advisory to high school parents last Friday revealing details about the "league" and asking parents to talk to their students. Kitchens also outlined steps the district would take to deal with the problem that surfaced following a recent assembly on date rape.
"The media swirl the last few days began as an honest communication with parents. Viral voices sensationalized what the story was. We will not let this deter us," Superintendent Connie Hubbard said.
"We do not condone the behavior in any way, shape or form. It has become online fodder. We want to keep parents informed."
"There is a partnership with parents and staff that set Piedmont apart. We want to set the record straight. We have no information of criminal conduct. The information is distorted by the media. We have really good kids that can make mistakes."
Hubbard continued, saying she felt confident students will step up to the challenge to strengthen the school community.
"With the barrage of media we must not lose our purpose. We will work with parent groups to discuss their concerns and move
Board president Rick Raushenbush said some students had not lived up to the conduct the district fosters, but "we've brought an end to this conduct and will address issues that led to (it). I am happy to see the staff is focused on students' well being."
Association of Piedmont Teachers President Harlan Mohagen, a Piedmont High teacher, said: "We will be proactive in addressing the situation with our students, and preserve a sense of community."
No parent clubs or individuals addressed the board on the issue.