When School Traditions Turn Tawdry

Who doesn't remember senior year in high school, when you ruled the school (or at least thought you did) and could finally participate in rite-of-passage traditions like voting for superlatives?

As harmless as these things may seem, The New York Post reported that New York City's Board of Education recently condemned Stuyvesant High School’s annual "Crush List" (an informal directory of the most attractive or desirable classmates) because the seniors took it a step too far by adding a category called, "I'd Tap That." And while that example seems more like a loss of innocence than a reason for the tradition’s end, a group of senior girls at Millburn High School in New Jersey, until recently, took list-making to another level for at least a decade with the annual creation of a "Slut List," according to The New York Times.

That school's most recent list included 20 freshman girls (ages 13 and 14) with sexually explicit descriptions (too graphic to divulge here) between their first and last names. This is where I think officials need to step in. Maybe it's because I have a daughter and can’t imagine the pain it would cause her if she was on this list, but no teenager should have to endure such unsolicited embarrassment and harassment.

When do you think it's okay for parents and/or school officials to step in? Chime in below.

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