Mark CurranLast month, 7-year-old Mark Curran got into a fight on the school bus on the way home from his South Boston school. According to him, another student had taken his new gloves and choked him. To save himself from the bully, he says he kicked the kid in the groin.
Not that violence is okay, but sometimes you have to defend yourself, right? Wrong says the Boston Public School system, and not only is it wrong, it's actually considered sexual harassment because of where his kick landed. The state Department of Children and Families was even called to report the incident.
Talk about sexual correctness gone crazy.
His mother, Tasha Lynch, said she was shocked when the school called to tell her. "Your son kicked a little boy in the testicles. We call that sexual harassment," she told WBZ. Later she got a letter saying he could be suspended or transferred to another school because he violated "codes of discipline related to sexual harassment and endangering the physical safety of another student."
If they had wanted to give him a detention or other punishment for fighting, that would be one thing, but to put a label on a kid as someone who has committed an act of sexual harassment is ridiculous. He's only 7 years old. His mom told WBZ the first-grader doesn't even know what sexual harassment is.
I have an 8-year-old and if he was in a flight with someone, I have no idea where he'd swing. I wouldn't be surprised at all if it was the groin area he went after, because boys know it hurts when you get struck there. Just because contact is made with someone's clothed genitals doesn't mean there was any sexual intent. It's yet another example in which the specifics of a case need to come before big, blanket policies.
The school wouldn't comment on the details, but told the Boston Globe that a full investigation is underway -- which is good. If it was my son who had been kicked, I would want that too. Hopefully, they will come to the sensible conclusion that this was simply a case of boys being boys -- boys who maybe should be punished, but not for sexual harassment.
Do you think it's ridiculous to consider a 7-year-old hitting or kicking another student in the groin as sexual harassment?
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