A mother of two in suburban St. Louis is threatening to file a lawsuit against her son’s school for allowing the continued annual publication of a so-called Slam List. The list, an annual tradition among some of the junior boys at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, lists a handful of girls with accompanying vulgarities.
When Ruth Alhemeier saw the list this past May, she went straight to the school principal to ask that it not be condoned. Alhemeier said Principal Bridget Hermann said the school does not condone it, but that there was little the school could do to stop it.
When the local news interviewed Hermann, she said the school was working on ways to address the Slam List. What’s concerning is that it took threatening a suit under Title IX before the school took the matter seriously.
I applaud Alhemeier for bringing the Slam List into the open, which can be a difficult thing to do in somewhat insular communities like Ladue. I especially love seeing that the mother of a son refused to put up with bullies and bullying behavior like the authors of the Slam list and their menacing document about girls in their school. The exercise in determining who makes the list is no doubt disgusting. The attitude that it takes to hand down – and accept – such a tradition shows a stunning sense of entitlement. Not only should the list stop, but its authors, and past list makers, should be outed. The fact that Alhemeier thinks this is unacceptable behavior and not just boys-being-boys is no doubt how you raise decent men.
And how about circling the wagons around the girls of Ladue, to talk about the Slam List? Did anyone ever try to stop it? Did they live in fear they’d be on the list? Did they alter their behaviors, class performance, school activities in order to stay under the radar of these assholes? Did they laugh along when it came out?
Here’s the Fox News report on the Slam List [via The Circle of Moms]: