School Investigates Seven-Year-Old Boy For Sexual Harassment After Kicking Another Boy In The Groin

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.

Source: CBS

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33 thoughts on “School Investigates Seven-Year-Old Boy For Sexual Harassment After Kicking Another Boy In The Groin”

  1. Yes, to what Frankly said…

    In one of the referenced articles (refer to the link below), links to at least six other incidents are provided, though not all of them relate to sexual harassment… Frankly (the adverb), I don’t give two hoots about the color of the skin of those who are bullied. My impulse is to want to protect them all…

    http://jonathanturley.org/2011/02/22/colorado-boy-arrested-for-inappropriate-stick-drawing/

    Good luck with your search for the perfect blog… This is as good as it gets, I’m afraid…

  2. “But Verbal Bullying is far greater destructive than Physical…To Wit the present way campaigning for office goes…”

    Amen to that AY.

    In my case it as I mention above it was always preceded by verbal taunts, which I would respond to in kind. Since I was smarter than most, verbally i gave better than I got and that led to frustration and fists from the bully. I would fight back though, crying tears of rage/frustration at the unfairness of it all. This made the verbal abuse worse, because as I cried while I fought, then they could taunt me for that.

    I apologize to everyone for making this personal, but it took me many years in my life to recover from the trauma of my early school days, even though I knew at all times it was “them” not me. Those experiences have to a great degree informed the actions of my life and career. One either identifies with and thus becomes the same as their oppressors, or one identifies with those being oppressed.

  3. Elaine M. – I’d agree that fighting is not tolerated but as a target of bullys myself I can tell you that intimidation and threats are generally ignored so it only becomes a fight when the target fights back. Then guess what? The target gets at least the same discipline as the bully.

    In my experience as a target and as the parent of a target I can tell you that I never saw any attempt to understand the background of the fight only the actual confrontation.

  4. erykah “I’m outta here”

    Oh! If only we could believe you. If only you would be true & honest this one time it would be a boon to this community.

    You either don’t bother to read the entire thread, have incredibly poor reading comprehension or are simply a stooge who wants to take offense even when none is present. Yes, you poor dear, you are really a victim and must simply abandon us for your own well being.

  5. “You are aware that Bullying comes in many different forms….Physical is understood as Mike S has said…..But Verbal Bullying is far greater destructive than Physical…To Wit the present way campaigning for office goes…” -Anonymously Yours

    Absolutely. Along those lines, a psychiatrist friend of mine has said that psychological torture and harassment can be far worse than physical torture.

    Like many others here, I find bullying to be completely unacceptable and agree that much it is hidden. And, yes, children are often learning it from their parents and other adults. We currently have an epidemic of adult harassment taking place in our communities — it’s hidden in plain sight, many are aware of it but, to date, it’s being condoned and, even, encouraged. Many of the adults who are involved have children… It’s no wonder that we’re seeing so much of it in our schools.

  6. AN,

    You are aware that Bullying comes in many different forms….Physical is understood as Mike S has said…..But Verbal Bullying is far greater destructive than Physical…To Wit the present way campaigning for office goes…

    I suspect eyerka will reappear maybe even under a different nom de jour…

    I suspect that the children involved in this fight were minorities….but that would be racial profiling….But if you take a look at the rankings of this school and the percentage of folks eligible for free or discounted lunches…it might say that these children are from very under privileged families….

    http://www.schooldigger.com/go/MA/schools/0279000275/school.aspx?entity=18

    compared to Southlake, Texas School Districts….I recall reading a story about guns being pulled at a local McDonald’s because the driver of one Bentley cut off the driver in another Bentley….

    http://www.schooldigger.com/go/TX/schools/1302006373/school.aspx?entity=18

  7. As a child I enjoyed a certain amount of status due to my performance abilities. (I started performing music at the age of 4) I also, for some reason, despised bullies … those who used physical or verbal aggression against others. If I saw it or heard it, I stood up to it and never suffered any blowback. (Performing in front of large groups gives one a certain amount of poise and assurance at an early age that flummoxes bullies and takes them by surprise.)

    It was my experience that most bullies in the schoolyard were bullied at home by older siblings or parents. So I would routinely embarrass my mother and father by telling another adult that their kid was a mean bully and they might want to stop spanking him/her so much.

    Yeah, I was obnoxious but what the hell … it worked.

    As to bullies not doing so when teachers were around … that’s very true … most of the bullies I came across didn’t want to get caught ’cause they were scared to death of their parents … literally.

  8. “Yet one gets prime time here on this blog while the other is ignored. I’m outta here.” -Erykah

    In the third comment to this thread, I posted a link to the other “sexual harassment” story. I can’t speak for anyone else, but isn’t it possible that Professor Turley simply didn’t see the story?

    I, too, was a bit surprised that the Troy Davis case wasn’t highlighted by the good professor, but I’m guessing that his reasons had nothing to do with the color of Troy Davis’ skin.

  9. Mike S.,

    “However, it is my opinion that teachers, particularly males tolerate much fighting among boys and only intervene if it seems to get dangerous. I think this stems from the macho views that seem endemic to many males.”

    I have to disagree with you. That was not my experience when I was a teacher. Fighting among children was not tolerated inside the school or on the playground. Bullies usually pick on other kids when there are no teachers or adults present.

  10. Here is what I find disturbing. Iit seems that on this blog Black people are predominately highlighted when they are accused of criminal behavior. But when they are victims of crime, they are ignored (i.e. Troy Davis v Amanda Knox). Now you have this story of the little boy who kicked another boy in the groin and is being charged with sexual harassment. Interestingly there is no mention of the 9 year old African American boy who was suspended from school on charges of sexual harassment because he told another kid that the teacher was cute. Both are ridiculous. Yet one gets prime time here on this blog while the other is ignored. I’m outta here.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/9-year-old-student-suspended-sexual-harassment-calling-teacher-cute-mother-article-1.987029?localLinksEnabled=false

  11. In both elementary, middle and my first two years of high school I was the target of bullies. Back in that era and I presume today, fighting among boys was treated lightly, due to the presumption that was what boys did. Bullies rarely worked one on one, but usually had their coterie, who would hit you from the back, while you were fighting the instigator. It was never a “fair fight”. I was also tall, but very shy and very gentle as a boy. Being big, but not particularly strong, I was a good target. Usually, the optimal solution was to quickly disable the bully and run to safety from his cohorts. Kicking someone in the shins was effective, but occasionally the kick could go higher into the groin region, or perhaps if in close one could use their knee.

    This doesn’t mean I’m in favor of children fighting, given my experiences I loathe it. Those school years filled me with terror and I had a high absentee rate. However, it is my opinion that teachers, particularly males tolerate much fighting among boys and only intervene if it seems to get dangerous. I think this stems from the macho views that seem endemic to many males. Then too in my experience, many bullies are the school’s athletes, that enjoy a privileged status among the faculty.

    While I know may schools have begun anti-bullying programs I wonder how effective they really are in the light of our very macho society. Listen to the way a football game is discussed by the announcing team and you see how
    macho oriented we are and that doesn’t even get to the beer commercial.
    With macho comes bullying, because it is all about establishing a male pecking order, which I guess is with us genetically.

    That was a round-about way of saying that the idea that this kid was sexually harassing the other by kicking him in the genitals is an absurdity.
    I remember a particular incident in high school where my principal instructed a group of us to “get our minds above our belts”. Perhaps the authorities in this case might benefit from the advice.
    .

  12. The boy and his sibling are being transferred to another school and no charges will be filed. Some school administrator remembered to take their “let’s not be stupid” pill on Monday.

  13. I think a philosophy of self defense teaches to go for the eyes or groin….Good for that kid….

    As I understand it…the attack happened on the school bus….Unless buses are designed differently that when I rode one (years ago) unless the bully was on top of this child…how could he have kicked him in the groin? Just saying….

    Also this is at:

    Tynan Elementary School
    Principal: Eileen Morales
    Location

    650 E. Fourth Street
    South Boston, MA 02127
    United States

    Phone: 617-635-8641
    Fax: 617-635-9758

    Not to be confused with the one in Halifax county….Virginia….

  14. Will the other child be investigated for attempted murder? -Elaine M.

    lol, Elaine.

    “If there isn’t something else behind this malicious response from the adults to a child defending themselves (other than simple rank stupidity), I’d be surprised.” -Gene H.

    Agreed.

  15. Investigation? Disciplinary hearing? Good grief! This is ridiculous. Don’t the school authorities already know what happened? Will the other child be investigated for attempted murder?

  16. I’m sorry to tell you this, but unless you’re taking Western boxing, every self-defense art taught in this world teaches you that when you are being attacked, going for the attackers groin is a very effective way to stop the attack. Sexual harassment? More like sexual stupidity on the part of the adults in this scenario. This stinks. If there isn’t something else behind this malicious response from the adults to a child defending themselves (other than simple rank stupidity), I’d be surprised.

  17. “Mark’s mother says that he kicked boy because the boy was bullying him and was choking him at the time of the kick.” -Jonathan Turley

    There was something going on, but “sexual harassment?” Absolutely ridiculous.

  18. Seems like there are some adults that could use a good kick to the groin.

    HOK what these folks would have made of the moronic hijinks that went on amongst the boys in my Jr. High. The punchline was always to grab and squeeze the scrotum of the victim – the set up went like:
    What did you have for breakfast – Post GRAB NUTS?
    Did you see Beverly Hillbillys last night? It was all about the CLAMP ITS!

    Immature, sophomoric, heck pick your adjective but sexual harassment? Not hardly.

  19. This country is going down fast. Sexual Harassment??? There should be an investigation but for sexual harassment??? Some people are just so stupid and are being given the responsibility of teaching and supervising our children. This country is stupid…

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