A letter sent to parents at a Birdville ISD elementary school raised eyebrows for some after it threatened discipline for students who talk about dating or relationships at school. The letter from Holiday Heights Elementary Principal Michael Wamsley, which was distributed to parents last week, said recently there had been “distractions resulting from the students allowing themselves to get caught up in romantic issues and the drama that follows.” It goes on to list a number of interactions between students that would be considered “not acceptable and [would] result in a Friday detention.” The interactions included in the letter:

Going steady/dating another student
Discussion of others dating (boyfriend/girlfriend talk)
Spreading rumors or messages of “who likes who”
Showing public displays of affection (holding hands, passing love notes, bringing gifts, etc.)
Any other romantic gesture that distracts from learning in the class. READ MORE