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Calif. School Responds to Student-Athlete 'Fantasy Slut League'

Remember the days, pre-Grantland Fantasy Reality TV League, when fantasy sports leagues were limited to, well, you know, sports?

Officials at Piedmont (Calif.) high school are likely longing for those days as they attempt to squelch the flames of controversy stemming from a "fantasy slut league" they recently learned student-athletes had been hosting for the past half-decade.

Piedmont Principal Rich Kitchens sent a letter to parents on Friday, Oct. 19, which was posted on Piedmont Patch, spelling out details about the student-athletes' sordid fantasy league and explaining why no one has been punished.

According to the letter, over the past 5-6 years a group of varsity male student-athletes "drafted" females in their school and earned "points" for engaging in certain sexual activities with said females.

The principal's letter didn't go into specifics about what activities earned points, but in fantasy football, for instance, points are generally awarded for receptions, yards gained, and touchdowns. Use your imagination to fill in the rest.

Most of the females didn't know of their involvement in the league, the letter alleges, although some were aware of their participation.

Students of both genders allegedly felt pressure to participate, with older students allegedly providing alcohol for younger students at times "to impair judgment/control."

The school hasn't punished the student-athletes involved, however, because the activity was judged to be off-campus, and thus not subject to school discipline.

"At this point, because we do not have specifics about participants or victims, our focus is on education and understanding moving forward, not discipline for past activities," Kitchens wrote.

How will the school move forward? According to the letter, Kitchens will be instituting meetings at the beginning of each sports season "to address issues of sportsmanship, conduct, and integrity." The school's drama teacher is developing an assembly to address the issue as well.

"We've got a few irons in the fire from the school's point of view, but my whole impetus for sending out the letter was to communicate with parents some facts about what's going on," he later said to the Los Angeles Times.

Kitchens' letter also says that current varsity student-athletes have also pledged that the "fantasy slut league" will not be continued, moving forward.

A word of advice to any student-athletes looking to start their own imitation fantasy slut league: Don't do it. Nothing good can come of it.

As technology only becomes more ubiquitous and linked, and Google searches only grow more important in terms of college and job applications, the last thing you need is a Google search on your name to return "founder of _____ school's fantasy slut league" as the first result.

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