The mother of a seventh-grader reprimanded for buying stock in Playboy and other adult businesses in an economics simulation is looking for an apology from his school.
Kim Clifford, of Center Barnstead, said her son made the simulated stock buys on a website his teacher had the class using for an economics assignment. She said her son was reprimanded for the purchases, but she believes other parents should be aware of some of the more adult content the students had access to through the site.
"I got a call from the vice principal at the school letting me know my child had picked an inappropriate stock -- Playboy," Clifford said.
In November, her son's seventh-grade class did a unit on the stock market and used the website as a real-time simulation.
The offerings seem tame at first. But clicking on a link for Private Media Group brings up a description for a business advertising adult services.
"Whether you call it erotica or pornography, you know it when you see it," Clifford said.
One more click takes the user to images of strippers at a bachelor party. The school superintendent said that wouldn't happen on the school computers because they have filters that would block it. The trading site was blocked as soon as the school was made aware of the adult stock offerings, but Clifford said she thinks administrators should do more.
"The whole class could have scrolled and seen all this stuff," she said. "They need to send a letter out to all these parents to let them know what their children may or may not have seen so they can discuss it at home with them."
The superintendent told News 9 that the parents of five of the students believed to have been exposed to the content were contacted, but the parents of the remaining 15 students were not informed. Clifford said her son was not punished for buying Playboy stock.
"He was talked to about the issue and told that he made a bad choice," she said. "He needs to make better choices."
The 12-year-old could have a future in the market. His stock portfolio did very well, and he was one of a couple of students to earn a "Future Economist" certificate.