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School districts respond to reports of disturbing new trend

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A student's call to a Tampa Bay radio station this prompted a Hillsborough County school investigation. Radio personality Jayde Donovan described the call received by 101.5 from a 13-year-old girl.

The topic of conversation involved the practice of "Slap Ass Fridays."

"The lines literally were loaded. I could not take every call that we got from girls all over the Bay area," Donovan said. "Middle school, high school saying Slap Ass Friday or Ass Slap Friday is happening at our school."

A YouTube search revealed thousands of results for kids slapping kids around the country. The incidents sometimes appeared to happen at schools and sometimes caught on camera. Donovan learned some students take things a step further in one radio interview:

DONOVAN: What are some of the other names of the games that are being played at your middle school?

CALLER: Vagina Check and Booby check.

COHOST: What?

DONOVAN: What does that mean? How are these games being played?

CALLER: Vagina check is when you go around and you try to slap girls in their vagina. If you hit them, you have to hit them back.

The interview prompted calls from concerned parents. Some reached out to the radio station and the Hillsborough County school district.

We reached out to district officials who provided this statement:

"As soon as we learned of the allegation, school staff took it seriously and investigated. We spoke with several students and determined there was no incident on our campus. We do not tolerate any form of harassment or bullying and encourage students to let us know if they know about safety issues concerning our students."

District officials say the student who called the radio station received one day of in-school suspension that would not go on her record.

In a phone conversation, the student's mother said she is satisfied with the district's decision.

A parent recently raised similar concerns about "Slap Ass Fridays" in Pasco County. District officials say they responded quickly, using morning announcements to remind all students of acceptable conduct.

"The concern was that students were possibly going to strike her daughter," said Principal Jennifer Matthews Crosby. "We took it as an opportunity to be proactive, to get on the morning news and to address the situation...with the student body as it relates to the code of conduct. It is an inappropriate behavior to strike another student...School is their job. This is not an acceptable behavior when you go to college or into a career. This is not going to be an acceptable behavior in the building."

Molly Blair serves as the Pasco County School District Coordinator for Prevention and Intervention. She said keeping students safe

means teaching what behavior is acceptable inside and outside of the classroom and keeping the communication lines open.

"It's part of our school-wide expectation to treat others with respect and not to engage in unwanted touching. It's important to emphasize and reteach throughout the school year. It's important, because no learning is going to occur if people don't feel safe or they don't feel comfortable in their environment," said Blair. "Keep those lines of communication open. Talk to your child. Talk about hypotheticals. How would you

handle this if it happened at school? If you saw it happening to a friend. Talk about who you would report to or who would you go to at the school.

Is it a teacher, a counselor, or an administrator who can help?"

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