Slapping ass …

July 23, 2007

Reason reports on a story where two 7th grade boys ran down the middle school hall and swatted the bottoms of girls as they ran. Naturally, this is against the policy of the school, and the boys were rightly called to the office.

Where they were interrogated, handcuffed, and hauled off to juvenile detention by police, spending five days there. They have been charged with 5 counts of sex abuse and 5 counts of harassment which could possibly give them 10 years in juvenile detention and a lifetime on the sex offender registry.

What. the. fuck.

Bradley Berry, the McMinnville district attorney, said his office” aggressively” pursues sex crimes that involve children. “These cases are devastating to children,” he said. “They are life-altering cases.”

Yea, I would say so it’s life altering all right — for the two boys charged!

Other students claim up to 14 other student participated. One female student said it was “just a handshake we do.” In fact, according to the police report, girls admitted to smacking boys on the ass too.  The offender’s parents have had to take on debt to pay legal bills, and the two 7th grader were brought to their hearing in shackles and prison uniforms!

Ok. I understand discipline (believe me, I do). I can understand disciplining the boys. They did something stupid. But punish them in some school teenage-punishment fashion, like detention, or suspension, or cleaning up a month’s worth of lunchroom.

But, prosecuting them for sexual harassment with the possibility of being labelled sexual offenders for life?

One parent is especially upset, saying her daughter did indeed find getting smacked on the butt offensive. Okay, understood. But one wonders if she ever smacked a boy on the butt the way some of the girls admitted.  And did anyone  smack back? Sounds like it, but we didn’t hear about that.   And what ever happened to letting the kids fend for themselves?

These parents should remember their own time in school, and remember that particular age, and take this particular action into context.

People, this is junior high. Do you remember what it was like? Yes, it sucked! And yes, it was the beginning of adolescence, which sucked too! Surprise!

But these charges are beyond suck, and step over the line into stupid. It was stupid for the boys to do, yes, but it seems far more stupid to see this prosecutory zeal in action.

Adults could take a hint or two from children and teens sometimes. We’re so god damned uptight. We really need to get over ourselves and our seeming omnipotent knowledge. I hate to break it to you, but we adults don’t always know better. (OMG, did I really say that?)

I’ve said before that in some venues — management, for example — people forget where they come from and what they did while there, before they climbed up the evolutionary ladder into all-knowingness. Why must we take it upon ourselves to whitewash the world, make everything politically correct, everything “safely” inoffensive for our kids? We’re not showing them anything except over-reaction.

There is a line between political correctness and stupidity, and it was crossed a long time. How many stories have we read the past few years over elementary kids EXPELLED from school for a quick peck on the cheek of someone they like, for “sexual harassment” at age 8?

Our children are only allowed to have the fun we allow them. We forget that what we did in school and what they do are the same damned thing! And guess what? We lived! We made it!

We made it here to tell our kids to not do what we used to?

When I was in school, girls pinched the boys’ asses, and guys snapped bra straps. Remember the tittie twister?! This wasn’t just guys on girls, but girls on guys, and guys on guys, and girls on girls. And it fucking hurt. But did anyone get called into the office and charged with sexual harassment? Nope.

We’ve got to let our kids go sometimes, and we’ve got to pretend not to see. We’ve got let them ride their bikes without a helmet sometimes. We’ve got to let them out from behind the white picket fence and into the street sometimes.

And occasionally we’ve got let them snap a bra strap or slap some ass.

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