9-Year-Old Threatened with Sexual Harassment Prosecution

The 9-year-old fourth-grader was sending love notes to a crush. The principal says it’s a crime.

The little pervert wrote about her eyes sparkling.

According to Reason.com,

A fourth-grader from Hillsborough, Florida, was warned not to pass any more love notes to his female classmates—and will be charged with sexual harassment if he persists.

That’s right: It’s not merely inappropriate for a nine-year-old boy to write such sexually-charged messages as “her eyes sparkled like diamonds,” but actually a criminal offense, according to the principal of an unnamed school.

You would think school administrators have recourse to a number of ways to discourage a child who has not yet hit puberty from engaging in inappropriate behavior. But no; they just want to criminalize it.

Worst of all, when reporting on a grotesque abuse of power, the local media (WPTV) defended the school’s threats.

“He’s 9,” said his mother. “What little kid doesn’t write love notes?”

This mom says her son passed a very sweet note to his crush.

“How she wears the same uniform and how her eyes sparkled like diamonds,” his mother said.

But soon, she says other students started teasing her son about wanting to see the little girl naked.

“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.

Even though they acknowledge (through an interview with a child psychologist) that what the boy did was not sexual harassment, they never recognized the insanity of threatening criminal charges.

In the meantime, Hillsborough schools said teachers discourage kids from passing notes because it can cause classroom disruptions like this one.

No one is questioning that they should discourage such behavior. But why threaten criminal charges?

On the other hand, if the boy had “identified as” a girl and demanded access to the girls’ restroom, they would probably have forced the girls to tolerate his being in there with them.