Via my brother in Texas comes this jewel, which he says is also on Drudge.
HAGERSTOWN – A kindergarten student was accused earlier this month
of sexually harassing a classmate at Lincolnshire Elementary School, an
accusation that will remain on his record until he moves to middle
Washington County Public Schools spokeswoman Carol Mowen said
the definition of sexual harassment used by the school system is,
"unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors and/or other
inappropriate verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature
directed toward others."
Mowen said that definition comes from the Maryland State Department of Education.
According to a school document provided by the boy’s father, the
5-year-old pinched a girl’s buttocks on Dec. 8 in a hallway at the
school south of Hagerstown.
So I guess they have "zero tolerance" for "sexual harassment." Yippee.
Charles Vallance, the boy’s father, said he was unable to explain to his son what he had done.
"He knows nothing about sex," Vallance said. "There’s no way to
explain what he’s been written up for. He knows it as playing around.
He doesn’t know it as anything sexual at all."
Doesn’t matter, Mr. Vallance. You must understand: they have zero tolerance. That is the "value" they are acting for, here, and your son is merely a pawn in that game. His life and young, formative experience is utterly disposable in pursuit of that "higher" value. His education, socialization, and introduction to this new world he’s supposed to observe, become familiar with, and get along in eventually — all on his own — are just supposed to happen, somehow, if you and he can only realize that there are "more important" things to attend, right now, and all along the way.
School administrators at a Texas school in November suspended a
4-year-old student for inappropriately touching a teacher’s aide after
the prekindergarten student hugged the woman.
"It’s important to understand a child may not realize that what
he or she is doing may be considered sexual harassment, but if it fits
under the definition, then it is, under the state’s guidelines," Mowen
said. "If someone has been told this person does not want this type of
touching, it doesn’t matter if it’s at work or at school, that’s sexual
The incident will be included in the boy’s file while he remains
at Lincolnshire, but Mowen said those files do not follow students when
they move on to middle school.
Remind you of anything? C’mon, think. You’ve likely been taught it since you can remember. Here’s a hint: Eve. God’s zero tolerance for eating an apple from a particular tree was known to her, but, as the mythology goes, she didn’t really understand, was thus easily led astray, and so her act of disobedience dammed her, Adam, and all of humanity for all time.
Ideas have consequences, folks, and your ability to punish an act without moral culpability is baked into the cake of the culture you’ve grown up in and affirm every time you walk through the church door.
You’re part of this, so you’re going to have to live with it until you change the underlying ideas, which must necessarily begin by connecting your sense of morality to reality rather than mythology. In the Garden of Eden, there could have been nothing inherently wrong with eating an apple from a tree — it’s just that she was commanded not to by an authority outside of her own, with no other reason than it was a command. In the present case, there can be nothing sexually wrong with a four or five-year-old touching someone in a way that is sexual when an adult does it. We have learned to judge and punish based upon acts disconnected from all context and moral culpability, so we’re just headed in the same general direction humanity has been heading since Babylon.
She described the incident as a "learning opportunity."
Yea, maybe they can write a book about it and even start a new religion.
During the 2005-06 school year, 28 kindergarten students in Maryland
were suspended for sex offenses, including sexual assault, sexual
harassment and sexual activity, according to state data. Fifteen of
those suspensions were for sexual harassment.
During the 2005-06 school year, one Washington County
prekindergarten student was suspended from school, and 12 of the
county’s kindergartners were suspended for various offenses, according
to state data.
Lots and lots of "learning opportunities."