Series of disturbing games being played by students at Shaw Middle School
SPOKANE, Wash. — An investigation by 4 News Now found a series of inappropriate games being played by students at Shaw Middle School.
A leaked memo showed staff at the school knew about the game kids were calling “Molest Me Mondays,” but did not notify parents at the time.
That game was just one of many. According to the memo, children had an inappropriate game for each day of the week.
Sources tell 4 News Now that children were playing games they called “Titty Slap Tuesdays,” “Wiener Whap Wednesdays,” “Thigh Slap Thursdays” and “Free-for-all Fridays” or “Flip Up Fridays.”
“She was really nervous at telling me what was going on, but she told me that there was a game going on,” said the mother of a student, who spoke to 4 News Now on the condition of anonymity. “She knows that her friends are getting touched and not in a right, appropriate way, so again, she was mad about it and she was really afraid to tell me.”
The memo showed a young girl did speak up and told an adult she was uncomfortable about the games.
Some parents did find out about “Molest Me Mondays,” but not all were notified. When 4 News Now asked the school district why, Spokesman Brian Coddington said it was not a widespread problem.
“Depending on the severity of things and depending on the culture and the climate of the schools, we rely heavily on the administrators to know their parents and know their families and to be in regular communication with their families about a number of things,” said Coddington.
Coddington said the campus has implemented what it calls “Positive Intervention Behavior Support,” where students are rewarded for positive behaviors.
He said there is an increased hallway presence and students known to be involved in these games, as well as their parents, were brought in to talk with administrators.
Coddington also said there has been additional training for staff and students, but would not provide specific information.
What can parents do?
Erin Williams Hueter with Lutheran Community Services said she has come across similar situations where inappropriate acts masquerade as games.
“This is clearly not okay, so the message when a behavior like this is allowed to keep on in perpetuity, that it’s an acceptable behavior, and that’s certainly not a message we want to send,” Hueter said.
Hueter wanted parents to know that just because their children did not tell them about the game, does not mean they have a bad relationship with their child. She suggested having conversations about this as soon as you can.
“We can’t ever promise things are going to be okay, but we can tell our kids that we’re going to be on their side,” Hueter said. “And we’re going to believe them and we’re going to be their champion if they ever feel uncomfortable or hurt or scared.”
Spokane Public Schools officials said they are encouraging students to say something if they see something.
“The job of any staff at any school, whether you’re a teacher, a counselor, whether you’re admin staff, is to make sure those boundaries are very, very clear. Help them understand what is appropriate and what is not appropriate in terms of behavior of what’s in a classroom,” said Coddington. “So, that’s something schools across the country and district work on every day.”
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