Two teenagers share a passing kiss is viewed by most people as a sign of young love. The assistant principal at Orange River Elementary School, however, viewed it as a matter for immediate police intervention. The teacher called in the Lee County Sheriff to handle the teens. As Oliver Wendell Holmes said “[t]he sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.” That was not even counting the time for arraignment in Florida.
The felonious flirting occurred after two girls who liked a 12-year-old boy more and one decided to walk up and kiss the boy on a dare. The assistant principal first called contacted the Florida Dept. of Children and Families. Amazingly, rather than tell the officer that he or she needs get a life, the department advised a call to local law enforcement. The police showed up and actually took a report. That’s right. In a moment fitting of the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, these officers proceeded to interview the children and confirm the occurrence of a passing kiss. They at least found no crime, so there is hope.
That brings up back to the original call. Joe Donzelli, a spokesman for Lee County Public Schools, insists that a more serious incident prompted the telephone call to police. Yet, why would the kiss be mentioned or made the subject of a police report? Moreover, the police say that no such “other serious matter” was conveyed to them. That leads to the question of whether the school first called in the cops on a kiss and then misrepresented the matter to the public.
Should this go to trial, I advise the teens to challenge intent with the words from Shakespeare’s Henry VI: “I can express no kinder sign of love, than this kind kiss.”
Source: Daily Mail