Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Heard on the Playground: STD Alert

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!'"

"What's 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....

11 comments:

  1. I can't read the word or think of the word herpes without thinking of my best friend (ha!) not just her actually....she adopted a cat (very handsome cat!) from the shelter and when she got him he was sick...took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with herpes. Man alive that makes me laugh till I cry.

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  2. oh jeez....Poor thing...I'd say more, but that could be dangerous...

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  3. Ha! Makes the "cooties" of our day seem pretty tame.

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  4. Well, at least they know herpes comes from poking.

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  5. This is like when my second graders started calling each other gay and I told them if someone does that they should reply, "Why yes, I am happy. I'm sure that's exactly what you meant!" Then we looked it up in the dictionary...of course, we only looked at the FIRST entry, which said "happy!" They are still chewing on that one!

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  6. Omg...insert chuckle...! Kids are so clueless and so entertaining!

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  7. Oh you punny little devil, you.

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  8. Good supporting reason for health classes.

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  9. Kind of makes you wish for cooties, doesn't it?

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