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Marinette Middle School parents upset over game at school

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MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ) - Some parents of students at Marinette Middle School are upset after they say their kids were forced to play an inappropriate game at school.

The game, dubbed "Cross the Line", had students in 5th through 8th grades being asked personal questions like, do your parents drink and has anyone in your family been in jail?

Students were also asked to step forward if they answered yes to any of the questions.

In a written statement, the principal said participation was not required and students could have said no. However, parents tell FOX 11 their students told them that if they didn’t participate, they’d receive an in-school suspension.

“She asked if you ever wanted to commit suicide to step forward and then after that she asked if you ever experienced or wanted to cut, to step forward,” said student Sarah Maitland.

The school says it is part of a bullying prevention program.

A few parents met with district officials Friday to express their concerns with the game.

“They basically told us that all the students were lying…all the students got together and planned it out and if they weren’t lying, it was all misperceptions. They didn’t specifically say do your parents do drugs,” Amanda Fifarek, mother of a 7th grade student, told FOX 11.

School administrators claim, “The intent of the activity was to build stronger, more respectful relationships among students.”

 

On Friday, school officials sent home a letter explaining more about the game and why it was used, but the parents who oppose it say it’s not enough. They still want answers.

 

Parents say they were not told ahead of time that the game was going to be played.

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