9:46 pm March 31, 2010, by Maureen Downey
School news this week sounds like a police blotter. I just read the short AJC story on the Stephenson Middle School students criminally charged with sexual battery for touching a classmate “inappropriately” and stuffing him in a locker.
Are there more of these strange incidents occurring or are schools taking trangressions more seriously and following through on them? At the middle school level, are we attaching sexual meaning to events that aren’t truly sexual in nature? Are these really criminal acts or immature kids doing stupid things?
I just have a hard time believing that kids today are remarkably different than their parents or grandparents. I don’t want to excuse criminal behavior but I also don’t want to criminalize immature behaviors.
A male student was allegedly the victim of sexual battery on March 10, Davis said Wednesday. Six students at the school were identified as participants, he said. Five of those have been charged and face school disciplinary action.
The victim, a 12-year-old, was held by students, touched inappropriately, and stuffed in a locker following track practice at the school, according to WSB-TV.
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