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School Accidentally Emails Parents Report That Makes Fun of Bullying

The Short of It

A staff member at a Delaware elementary school accidentally emailed parents a "Hurt Feelings Report" that makes light of bullying.

The Lowdown

The Brandywine School District is apologizing after an unnamed staff member at Lombardy Elementary, which teaches kids in grades kindergarten through fifth, mistakenly included an offensive attachment to an email about "Exercise Your Brain Day."

Parents received the "Hurt Feelings Report" which is basically meant to mock a bullying report. Here's an excerpt from the cringeworthy document:

Principal Purpose: To assist whiners in documenting hurt feelings.

Routine Uses: Whiners should use this form to seek sympathy from someone who cares.

Disclosure: Disclosure is voluntary; however, repeated whining may lead to your file being stamped "candy ass" or some other appropriate term.

Then, under the incident report section, the form asks for "The name of person who hurt your pansy ass feelings." Where it says, "Reason for filing this report," options range from "I am thin skinned," to "I am a wimp," to "I am a crybaby, and "I want my mommy."

Now let's remember; these are young children who are being made fun of.

In their defense, it doesn't appear the school came up with this form on their own. According to The News Journal, it's already on several Internet humor sites. But the unidentified parent who forwarded the document to The News Journal called it "completely offensive and mocks children who are bullied in schools."

But not all parents are upset.

"If the children didn't see it, what is the problem?" one man told The News Journal as he picked up his child from the school. "It was a dumb prank, but I don't think it was malicious."

Brandywine School District spokeswoman Alexis Andrianopoulos said, "This was an embarrassing mistake, but it was just that—a mistake. It should not have happened, and we apologize for the error."

The Upshot

While I get that everyone makes mistakes, this is a biggie. Firstly, it's unprofessional. Secondly, it begs the questions whether the staff at Lombardy takes bullying seriously; if they are poking fun at the issue behind closed doors; or even out in the open. If my child was a student there, I'd seriously question the overall culture of the staff. And I'd also be pretty disgusted.

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