A kiss isn’t just a kiss

A kiss between 12-year-olds isn’t a sex crime, said sheriff’s deputies after the assistant principal of a Florida elementary school reported a “possible sex crime.”

. . . two girls who had a crush on a boy were talking about which of them liked him the most.

One of the girls approached the boy and briefly kissed him.

A teacher on recess duty reported the kiss as “inappropriate.” The assistant principal called the Florida Department of Children and Families, which told her to call the sheriff. Deputies said an unsolicited kiss could be considered a simple assault — if there was a victim. Apparently, the boy didn’t complain.

When my daughter was in early elementary school, a friend dared her to kiss a boy as they lined up to go into the classroom after recess. She kissed him. He punched her. She accepted that as fair. It was over in seconds with no police involvement.


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  1. The culture of schools–public schools–has for some time created a rather poor place to grow up.

    The political correctness is an intentional political strategy, of course. It does benefit that cadre of radical activists whose fondest dreams involve running the world, according to their somewhat harsh and feeble light.

    It’s sad the extent to which we are letting them.

  2. Lightly Seasoned says:

    I dunno. I place more blame on litigiousness. We were recently warned not to let students recharge their phones on our computers because if the phone were stolen, it could be our fault. Really?

  3. I think the problem is the proliferation of the kind of people who thrive on the fireworks they unleash when they misuse rules and regulations for self aggrandizement.

  4. Stacy in NJ says:

    If it were the boy who kissed the girl, he’s be brought up on sexual harassment or misconduct charges. These kinds of things should be treated as standard discipline issues within the school, but we’re not capable of doing that any longer.

    To pointlessly beat a sad worn-out drum, our culture is sick. We’re devolving into some type Byzantine society of stupidity.

  5. Actually, the zero-tolerance mentality in schools (which appeared on the scene after Columbine) has caused a lot of this. I don’t know if I’d want to be attending public school these days if I was between the ages of 6 and 18.

    There appears to be a double standard in terms of prosecution in this nation when females engage in inappropriate behavior as opposed to males, and I suspect it will always be that way (Debra LaFave, etc)

  6. Obi-Wandreas says:

    Update: The communications director for the district has been calling various radio programs and news outlets to set the record straight.

    The kiss caused the girl to be called to the principal’s office. The conversation in the principal’s office yielded disturbing revelations about certain (undisclosed, obviously) issues going on in the home. It was for those reasons, and those reasons alone that CPS was called, and an investigation is currently under way.

    Link here.