Mark Curran is a presumed sexual harasser under investigation in South Boston. Nothing strange there. There are unfortunately a great number of sexual harassers in every city, but Mark Curran is seven. Officials at South Boston elementary school have informed his parents that Mark is the subject of a sexual harassment investigation after he kicked another boy in the crotch.
It is a regrettable fact that groin kicks are a common problem in school yards. Mark’s mother says that he kicked boy because the boy was bullying him and was choking him at the time of the kick. The school, however, insisted that the location of the kick made it a matter of suspected sexual harassment. She says that the official told her “[y]our son kicked a little boy in the testicles. We call that sexual harassment.” A disciplinary hearing was set for Monday to determine if Mark is the country’s youngest sexual harasser. However, he now appears to have been transferred to a new school.
Much like the blind application of zero tolerance rules on drugs, sexual contact, and guns, criticized in prior columns, this seems like another case of zero thought by administrators. For kids who have not even had sex ed, sexual harassment seems a rather unlikely motivation in a schoolyard squabble.
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