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School responds to disturbing recess game: "rape tag"

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — Administrators at a New Ulm elementary school have contacted parents of fifth-grade students after some children played a disturbing recess game they call "rape tag."

A letter from Washington Elementary School Principal Bill Sprung went home to parents this week. Sprung says 15 to 20 students were involved in the game. The Journal ( ) reports the game is similar to freeze tag, but it involves hip thrusts to unfreeze a person after he or she is tagged. Sprung says teachers and recess supervisors were notified about the game and put a stop to it.

About 15 to 20 parents have contacted Sprung after the letter was sent home. He says they're disturbed that they now need to talk about sexually-explicit issues with their children.


Information from: The Journal,

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