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Is it just me or is this inappropriate?

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FernieB Wed 23-Sep-09 20:53:40

My DD's are 9 and their class teacher has arranged for the class to have penpals in the USA. When they wrote their first letters at school they were given the name of their penpal only. Now the replies have come back we have discovered that their penpals are 17 year old boys!

I know that the teacher is vetting all the letters but it seems really inappropriate to me. What do you think?

lal123 Wed 23-Sep-09 20:55:34

imagine how disappointed those 17 year old boys are going to be....... Yes I think its inappropriate

thisisyesterday Wed 23-Sep-09 21:03:07

lol i think it's quite funny actually! clearly some kind of mistake has been made along the way.

ZZZenAgain Wed 23-Sep-09 21:04:56

do you know I'm really surprised the 17 year old American boys responded to the letters from 9 year olds.

Thinkstoomuch Wed 23-Sep-09 21:06:49

It's bizarre. Maybe some sort of mix up over how classes are named over there compared with our year 1, year 2, etc.?

MadBadandCoveredinSequins Wed 23-Sep-09 21:07:26

I suspect massive error somewhere along the line, but it is bizarre. I expect the boys will lose interest very quickly indeed.

thisisyesterday Wed 23-Sep-09 21:07:37

unless it is some kind of weird program designed to make bad american teenage boys a bit more kind and caring by writing to small children???????????##

ok, that's not likely. but it's the only thing i can think of other than it just being some huge mistake

FernieB Wed 23-Sep-09 21:16:44

I thought it could be a mistake at first, but their class teacher is American and I think it has been set up with a school he knows. I'm meeting with him anyway tomorrow so will bring this up.

Thanks for responding - glad it's not just me.

Mmmmcoffee Wed 23-Sep-09 21:18:38

I think that there's been something lost in translation when the teachers got together and arranged the penpals. Perhaps they didn't realise the ages of each others schools.

I would bring this up with the teacher - I wouldn't be happy at all. Besides which, the children will have absolutely nothing in common with each other.

SycamoretreeIsVile Wed 23-Sep-09 21:19:50

No, this is wrong wrong wrong lol!

Someone has def f'ed up.

Tombliboobs Wed 23-Sep-09 21:23:07

I wouldn't worry if the letters are being vetted first. May be good for all concerned.

MadBadandCoveredinSequins Wed 23-Sep-09 21:34:13

I wouldn't be worried in the sense of it being pervy, if that's what's being implied, but I just think that as a penpal arrangement it's doomed to fail. The age gap is too big.

LadyGlencoraPalliser Wed 23-Sep-09 21:37:26

Inappropriate? No. Hilarious? Yes.

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