The names have been changed to protect the innocent, but check out this student's typed explanation of how a fight got started today at lunch:
So, yes; a slightly awkward conversation resulted from this disclosure. After asking the student if he knew what "herpes" meant (He did not.), I had to explain it (in a Rated-G manner) and simply explained that "herpes" is just not a good word to use, even when playing, at recess. I said, "It's kind of like saying, 'I'm gonna give you AIDS!'"
Let's just say that I told him he'd learn about herpes and AIDS next year in health class and until then, he should just play good-old-fashioned tag.
Because I know you're curious/puzzled/incredulous..."giving each other herpes" involved running after each other and poking one another in the stomach, announcing, "Now you have herpes!"
Kind of gives "playground safety" a new meaning....