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'The game'

Young Schenectady girl tells of grabbing at school

Student speaks to board, aims to stop ‘game’

Jim and Crystal Hiscock with their daughter Hope Supley, 12.
Jim and Crystal Hiscock with their daughter Hope Supley, 12.
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A 12-year-old girl told the Schenectady school board on Wednesday that she was grabbed and touched by boys in a widespread game played in city schools. Boys played “Grab A Breast Tuesday” and “Slap a Butt Friday” at both Van Corlaer Elementary School and Mont Pleasant Middle School, Hope Supley told them. She said that after the fourth time she was inappropriately touched, she refused to go back to school. Her parents put their house ...


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SchenectadyScott
November 7, 2013
7:47 a.m.

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We need a new Superintendent. It starts with leadership and rolls on down to the students and the state of the city. This is the "Homes Program" in reverse. Spring refused?...When a student is molested and sexually abused and he refuses to do anything about it to protect this child we have lost all hope in this leadership. The board seriously needs to look elsewhere for the proper leadership that takes action and protects our young ladies from these predators. These are serious actions and if sexual misconduct is not addressed with the protection of a molested, sexually abused young lady pleading for help...we will lose more and more home owners and the tax base. This is very sad."Refused"..This Spring should be bending over backwards to protect our children and the parents doing the right thing and not supporting these rapists in the making. This sends the message sexual violence is encouraged and cultivated in the Schenectady City Schools... This Spring has got to go!!!

safny
November 7, 2013
7:55 a.m.

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How is this being sensationalized?? This is the first most people are hearing of it. And how is sexual abuse sensationalized? If kids are doing this at the middle school age, what's next? While I agree it's a community problem, it is happening in the schools. Did they have any of the boys arrested? If not - then the problem remains in the school. Because the community just does not have access to the school. I know that the Schenectady schools are determined not to report many incidents so the schools will not be on the 'dangerous' schools list, but this is ridiculous.

fore26
November 7, 2013
9:59 a.m.

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It's very simple...Pull every kid into a gym, read them the riot act. Make them sign a paper attesting that they were told the policy and if it happens again they are expelled from school. Society is not tough enough with trouble makers. Bring back reform schools and send the troublemakers where they belong. Good kids who want to learn should have a right to learn in a stress free enviroment that is safe. The trouble makers can't handle free society and should have to deal with a more structure enviroment...in a reform school away from normal society. When they can act normal like ladies and gentlemen, they can return after a year or two.

gina99
November 7, 2013
1:14 p.m.

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There is no bottom to the disgraceful City schools. The worst part is that thanks to Congressman Tonko and Mayor McCarthy there are no Charter Schools in this City. What are the options for poor kids stuck in failed government schools? Most City parents cannot afford excellent Catholic nor Brown School. Reading the riot act or switching overpaid Superintendents will do nothing. We need Charter Schools NOW! These politically phonies just don't care about our kids.

irishlad1234
November 7, 2013
3:21 p.m.

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It all starts at home!Parents need a sit down with their children, and if the parent needs to get physical with their children,then so be it. Some need a good kick in the ass. Don't leave it up to the teachers, discipline your kids. Let them learn right and wrong like we all did years ago at home.

rpterry
November 7, 2013
3:56 p.m.

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Gina 99 needs to check on the abysmal performance of the 2 high school charters in Albany which gets minimal coverage and the closing of 2 elementarys there- kept quiet. Do a search in the TU for info.
Kids can equally misbehave in a charter. What public schools need is the ability to send bad kids to fore26's suggestion without some agency criticizing the school for its policies. Charters would kick the bad ones out.

JIMOCONNOR
November 7, 2013
4:44 p.m.

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I'm perplexed over a 12 year old being given such a forum in the first place. What happened to bifurcated confidentiality. Aggrieved parties can not unilaterally waive their rights to confidentiality. Isn't this a breach of this SED policy. Empathizing with this child and family should be taken for granted as the thing to do. The school board needs to look to itself to protect students by enacting procedures baring public airing of such graphic details by students.

This is a confidentiality issue. It is not a free speech issue. I guess the board could have given this family their due by hearing them out in executive session. Now that it has happened, what action can the boys families take against the board.

d2delaney
November 7, 2013
4:44 p.m.

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I am very disappointed to hear this story. Hope should NOT have been brushed off like that... nor should it have happened so often.

These "games" constitute premeditated sexual harassment and aggression. According to the SCSD Code of Conduct that's a Level 5 Infraction. Feel free to check it out, starting on page 30: http://www.schenectady.k12.ny.us/2013-20...

irishlad1234, I agree with you, it DOES all start at home.
However, parents need to model the behavior they expect from their sons and daughters. It is impossible to eliminate all sexist/misogynistic/violent influences from their world, but our home is the first place to start. Demonstrate respect for your body and everyone else's. It may not prevent all bad behavior, but it might make a dent.

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