Last week I showed the Grade Five students this video created by students from another school. It was part of my conversation about an activity called “touch” which some students had been playing. The “touch” originated from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and films and is related to the more common term of “cooties.” Although initially this activity may have seemed harmless, it evolved into students using student names with the “touch.” Thus a student would touch another student and say you have the “(student name) touch.” From a kid’s perspective, having the “touch” is not a good thing. What I wanted students to know is that this game is mean and needed to stop immediately.
I described to the Grade 5 students how mean acts done to others in elementary school can stay with someone for a lifetime. I commented how I can still vividly recall events thirty years ago when I witnessed students getting teased. Mean acts don’t go away. Over the last few days I have noticed excellent reflecting from our students on this issue and have been very impressed with the student response. One student started a petition, while others who participated in this “touch” activity reached out to apologize to those who had been victimized. Safe to say going forward, any type of “touch” activity, even if in just the spirit on the film, will not be tolerated here at Lane.