Is this what is meant by “rape culture”—a young teen facing criminal charges because he kissed a girl on a dare?
I don’t think thirteen-year-olds should be kissing teen girls against their will. Both the boy and the other students who encouraged him should be punished. I hate to sound old, but when I was a student, a teen might receive physical discipline for such an act. Now we are much more enlightened. We don’t lay a hand on students; we just bestow on them a permanent criminal record.
WBFF reports, “Boy faces assault charges for kiss made on a dare at Md. middle school.”
Baltimore County Police and Baltimore County school officials responded to a report of assault involving two eighth-grade students at Pikesville Middle School on Wednesday.
School officials took a report regarding a 13-year-old boy who kissed a 14-year-old girl during school hours. The unwanted kiss was allegedly the result of a dare made by students.
Police confirm that the boy is now facing a second-degree assault charge as a juvenile. No one was injured during the incident, police say…
Obviously, the boy did wrong. So did the student who dared him—though they might claim they never thought he would go through with it.
And if there was some kind of violence used in the course of this kiss, that might make the response more understandable. But nothing is mentioned. The story reports on the basic facts as if we all know that nothing else is required to call the police on a thirteen-year-old and charge him with a crime. The story also indicates he will be expelled or at least suspended from school.
Is this how we want our schools dealing with thirteen-year-old boys when they do wrong? Charging kids with a crime and kicking them out of school marks them for life and seems completely unjust. A thirteen-year-old is not a full adult with adult responsibilities and a kiss is not full-blown sexual assault. Such behavior is wrong and it needs to be corrected, but this punishment is lunacy.
(Hat tip: Reason.com)