Parents Shocked, Disgusted After School Sends “Hurt Feelings Report”

A Delaware school has sent out an email about an upcoming school event — but parents discovered something highly offensive in it instead.


A school email has left many parents fuming in Delaware.

The “Hurt Feelings Report,” an Internet meme that sarcastically documents complaints from aggrieved individuals, was accidently sent through email to parents, which was supposed to be about activities on “Exercise Your Brain,” an upcoming school event.

The form asks condescending questions like “which ear were the hurtful words spoken into?” and “has this resulted in traumatic brain injury?” and contains students’ details check boxes like “Whiner’s name” and “date the feelings were hurt.”  The box also has a highly derogatory section titles “Reasons for Filing the Report” which include comments like “I am a crybaby” and “I was not requested a tissue.”

Variations of such forms have circulated the Internet for years.

The parents who received the email were understandably shocked by the incident and deem it as "offensive” and something that promotes bullying of students at school.

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The Lombardy Elementary School has since then apologized for the slip-up. A Brandywine School District spokeswoman Alexis Andrianopoulos explained Wednesday a staff member, whom she refused to name, has accidently swapped the activity report with the offensive meme in the email the school uses to communicate with parents. She said the mocking form came from a source “external to the school” and added it was not an official document of the school.

"This was an embarrassing mistake, but it was just that — a mistake," Andrianopoulos said in an email. "It should not have happened, and we apologize for the error."

Schools all over the states have taken measures to decrease bullying over the past years and the Obama administration held the first White House Conference on Bullying Prevention in 2011.

In 2012, new bills were approved that placed more responsibilities on schools for fighting cyberbullying and strengthened steps for reporting bullying incidences.

Anna Mendez, executive director of the San Clemente’s National Association of People Against Bullying, said the school should take the email seriously and consider anti-bullying counseling and education in light of the offensive document.