Sexual Harassment, Age 6

April 3, 2008

For Little Children, Grown-Up Labels As Sexual Harassers –

In Maryland, 166 elementary school children were suspended last year for sexual harassment, including three preschoolers, 16 kindergartners and 22 first-graders, according to the State Department of Education.

What a nightmare. I’ve also recently heard the near-opposite: a middle school student who violently sexually assaulted a classmate, about whom the school said it could not take action do to his IEP for behavioral issues. I guess it’s all part of No Social Pathology Left Behind.

Often it seems that school administrators and district officials do not actually have a clear idea of what the law expects of them. Police respond to the school whenever called, but don’t seem to be in any better of a position to advise as to what the law (and civil precedent) would have the school do. In most cases, if parents weren’t so supremely obnoxious and abusive of the system, we wouldn’t be in such situations.


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