9-Year Old Threatened With Sexual Harassment Charges for Passing Love Note

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It is a sad state of affairs that everything once good and innocent about childhood — including passing a love-note to your fourth grade crush — is systematically twisted into something base, ugly. Innocence is a punishable offense in today’s Orwellian universe.


Illustrating this grim reality, a 9-year-old Tampa boy has been threatened with sexual harassment charges by school officials for sharing a sweet love note with his classmate.

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Many of us remember passing a love note to our first crush, but for one Hillsborough fourth grader, a note had school administrators threatening him with sexual harassment charges.  “He’s 9,” said his mother. “What little kid doesn’t write love notes?”

The note spoke of how the object of the boy’s affection “wears the same [school]uniform” and how her eyes “sparkle like diamonds.” Sounds tawdry.

Apparently, classmates began teasing the boy (as fourth graders are wont to do), saying he wanted to see the girl “naked.” Being the supposed adults in the room, humorless school officials took the children’s taunts seriously and decided action needed to be taken.

“That’s when the principal proceeded to tell me that it wasn’t appropriate that he was writing the note and that if he writes another note, they are going to file sexual harassment charges on my 9-year-old,” the mom said.

Hillsborough school district said the boy wrote more than one note and that the notes were unwanted, so that borders on harassment.

“My 9-year-old doesn’t even know what sexual harassment means,” the boy’s mother astutely pointed out. Never mind about common sense, mom. We now live in a world of trigger warnings and microagressions and sensitivity-training for those barely old enough to crawl. School administrators and psychologists only add to the problem:

“It may be something he thought was very sweet and innocent,” said Dr. Valerie McClain, a licensed psychologist in Tampa.

McClain told ABC Action News she doesn’t think this is sexual harassment, but she does encourage parents to talk to their child about boundaries — what is and is not appropriate in a school setting.

“What needs to happen is education needs to be provided about how to relate to this young girl or how to stay away from talking to her, if that’s the goal,” McClain said.

Of course. The boy needs to be “educated” (or does she mean re-educated?) on how to abnormally interact with his peers.

While not a fan of litigious action as a first line of defense, perhaps parents ought to start filing counter-suits every time their children are slapped with detention, suspension, or threat of legal charges for the most inane “offenses.” Use the system to turn the tables on those abusing it. At the end of the day parents are the only ones who can stop the madness, or at least stem its progression.

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