A 13-year-old boy faces a second-degree assault charge after trying to kiss a 14-year-old girl on a dare:
The incident occurred on Wednesday, when the young boy, who has not been identified, was dared to kiss an older girl, who has also not been identified. Apparently, the kiss happened during school hours at Pikesville Middle School, and was unwanted by the girl, according to CBS Baltimore.
The Baltimore County police were called to the school by the officials at Pikesville Middle School, where they proceeded to interview the two classmates. The girl said the boy grabbed her near her shirt, pulled her toward him, and then “open mouth kissed her with his tongue.” The boy, who is an eighth grader at the school, said he only kissed her because he was dared to by his fellow classmates.
What may seem like a dare gone a bit too far has now landed the male student in a world of trouble. Although no one was injured, and the kiss only lasted a second, he will be charged as a juvenile in the second degree assault charge case, and will more than likely face other disciplinary actions from the school, although those have yet to be confirmed. However, Baltimore County schools spokesman Mychael Dickerson said the boy faces school disciplinary action for violating the code of conduct. He was released to his mother following the incident.
In short, they are making an example out of him. This is a complete waste of time and money. It also traumatizes the boy for no good reason. This is nothing the school and the parents could not have handled on their own.
This is not the first time something like this happened. In 2007, two boys were charged with nearly a dozen sex offenses for slapping the behinds of several girls. The charges were eventually dropped, although the boys were forced to apologize. Despite two of the girls admitting to playing the same “slap butt day” game, only the boys were charged. Incidentally, they were the only ones who actually experienced repeated sexual abuse. The boys sued the state for repeated strip searches.
This case may not be the same as the 2007 case, however, there is a common element of overreaction to the events. Yes, the behavior is inappropriate, yet there is no reason for it to result in charges, let alone jail stints.
Some Pikesville parents agree:
“I don’t know if an unwanted kiss is a second-degree assault of a person,” one of the parents of a Pikesville student told WBFF.
Another parent suggested that the students’ parents should have been contacted by the school officials to discuss the matter, prior to contacting the police.
“Then if the parents want to press charges, then there’s nothing else that can be done,” the parent said.
That would have been the better course of action. If it appears no harm was done and the boys faces disciplinary actions from the school, there is no need to get police involved. What point does it serve?