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Dozens of students protest Dearborn Divine Child over treatment at sexual harassment and rape lesson

Posted: 4:55 PM, Jun 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-07 18:16:11-04
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DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Dozens of students inside Dearborn Divine Child High School protested how they were treated by a Campus Life Administrator teaching sexual harassment and rape. Students say they were told if they dress provocatively, they’re contributing to the boy’s and men’s bad behavior and that all the blame is on them.

The sessions were held a week ago today. Then this week, we are told some 40 girls wore paper targets on their uniforms to protest being "targeted."

They say they were told to take them off or face detention and some girls who did not immediately remove them had to stay after school.

School officials deny that in a statement below.

After that, the girls put up posters in the school that said, “instead of publicly shaming girls for dressing how they want, teach men not to over sexualize women’s bodies.”

It included a bible verse on the bottom.

One father spoke with us saying he supports his daughter and what the girls have done expressing their feelings and opinions and that the sex ed teaching was wrong. He did not want his face shown or his name used because he says as a private school the people taking a stand could face retaliation.

Dearborn Divine Child High School made national news a year ago when it implemented then reversed a plan to use “modesty ponchos” to cover up girls who wore prom dresses that were deemed to be too revealing.

The school gave us this statement:

Administration at Divine Child High School recently became aware of concerns from some students about a recent presentation given to all ninth graders, over the course of May 28-31, covering students’ rights, responsibilities and situations they may face while participating in Christian service opportunities.

Our students' comfort, safety and well-being are paramount to their experience at Divine Child High School, and we are taking all concerns seriously. To that end, we have discussed these concerns with some students and parents and welcome input from all of our stakeholders. School administration has no record of students being suspended, issued detentions or otherwise disciplined as a result of this situation.

While we are confident in the message and value of the program, this input from our community has and will help us continue to improve our delivery of this important information to our students.