Flickr photo by woodleywonderworks'Three 14-year-olds were suspended by school authorities in Washington state this week following a sexual occurrence on a Kitsap school bus.
One boy and one girl were suspended for engaging in oral sex while a second girl was suspended for recording the sexual acts on her cell phone. At least three other children were also witnesses to the sexual acts, which occurred on the way to a field trip.
School authorities were notified by one of the girls' parents who had heard through other parents. Luckily, it seems the recording was not shared and was promptly deleted.
The case was assigned to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office for possible criminal violations.
Patti Woolf, director of operations for the school district, said, "As far as we know, it's an isolated incident, and we always try to be as vigilant as possible."
It seems she forgot about a recent incident also in Washington state.
The Seattle Times reports:
"The issue of bus safety came to the forefront locally last spring when a 13-year-old boy was accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl on a bus carrying Kingston Middle School students in the North Kitsap School District.
"At the time, Central Kitsap officials said its 87 buses had recording equipment.
"Cynthia Morris, coordinator of sexually transmitted disease education with the state Department of Health, said more teens are engaging in oral sex.
"'They believe as long as they're not having vaginal intercourse, they're still virgins,' she said."
Horrifying for parents, but all too familiar for this mom. I can relate because my son's first real mouth kiss was on a 5th grade field trip -- one of very few I did not elect to chaperone. He was 10 and she was almost 12.
Another friend's child was being punched in the testicles daily on his bus with little supervision from bus drivers.
As kids grow up faster and faster and larger issues of sex and violence arise, do you know really what's going on on your child's bus?