I still remember the day Barbara Bowers kissed me under the teeter-totters and changed my life forever. From that day forward, I was through shooting marbles at recess, I had discovered a much nicer activity!
Well, as fate would have it, Barbara and I were not destined to be together. I think it was only a week later that she fell in love with an older, more sophisticated man, and left me heartbroken. But what second grader can compete with a third grade boy who had a Superman lunch box? Love is a fickle thing.
Of course, these days pretty little Barbara would be punished severely for her transgressions. I don’t mean breaking my heart, I’m talking about that kiss. These days a simple kiss, or even a hug between school kids, seems to be forbidden.
A couple of weeks ago, a Brevard County, Florida middle school student received an in-school suspension when the school’s principal observed the 14 year old hug a girl in the hallway between classes. By all reports, it was a mutual hug, the boy did not touch the girl inappropriately, and she did not complain. Still, the school’s policy forbids hugs, to “protect students.” Protect them from what?
Now, a 12 year old Fort Myers girl has been investigated for a “sex crime” after a teacher saw her kiss a boy on the playground at Orange River Elementary School. The teacher reported the kiss to the assistant principal, who called the police and child welfare officials to report what she believed was a possible sex crime.
To their credit, the officers who responded decided that the brief kiss was not a crime and left it at that. But what the hell are we teaching our kids, anyway? Since when could either of these innocent, mutual acts, be considered a crime? When will we ever stop this kind of nonsense?
What’s next, arresting high school wrestlers for “groping” each other on the mat? Charging cheerleaders with indecent exposure if they show a little thigh when going through their maneuvers?
I’m more worried about school officials who see sex everywhere they look than a couple of kids expressing innocent affection. I’m more worried about a society that wants to teach young people that anything and anybody around them is a potential threat. A society that teaches them it is wrong to express affection. How can that be healthy?
I saw a couple of dogs doing what dogs do naturally the other day. Should we call in a SWAT team to arrest them?
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