There is a story about a middle school in Wisconsin that is taking heat for having their students play a game called "Cross the Line"
Basically the students, grades 5th - 8th are asked a series of probing questions and depending on what their answers are, are asked to step forward. A few of the questions were: " Do your parents drink?", "Has anyone in your family been to jail?" "Do you want to commit suicide?" etc
Parents are upset because they believe the 'game' is intrusive and many of these conversations that need to be had, should be left up to the parents.
The principal was quoted as saying, "The intent of this activity was to build stronger, more respectful relationships between students".
Personally, I think it is too intrusive to ask certain questions and rather than building stronger more respectful relationships as the principal says, I think it is an open platform for bullying. Who is to say that the kids who do admit to having a parent in jail, or who has thought about cutting, won't be bullied as a result of sharing during this 'game'? While I am all for kids being respectful of each other, I don't know that this is the way to go about it.
Would you be upset by this type of 'game' at your kids school?