I got in my first fight when I was eight years old. I picked it. A kid named Jimmy Fink beat up a friend of mine. We fought in a dirt lot two blocks away from school. The cops didn't come and if they had- I doubt they would have cared. Nobody got killed and the earth kept rotating on it's axis.
So on a tip from a reader, I read the following story about a seven year old boy who got in a fight and kicked another kid in the balls. I say balls because undoubtedly that is the term the young lad used- despite the fact that his mother mentions the word "testicles." Nobody says testicles except mothers who are speaking to the press. At any rate, the boy is apparently being charged with "sexual harassment" by the school district. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/12/02/7-year-old-accused-of-possible-sexual-harassment-for-kicking-boy-in-groin/
Here is wikipedia's definition of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment, is intimidation, bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors.
You will note that nowhere in that definition will you find young boys kicking other young boys in the groin. This could either be an oversight by Wikipedia's editors or it may mean in fact- that sexual harassment might not have a damn bit to do with two boys fighting.
I was also completely amazed that they identify this kid and actually use a picture of him in the story. "There is that young testicle kicker, Martha. Get a good look at him and if you see him be sure and cover up your private parts." By the way, where did the press get that photo? It reminds me of the type schools used to take...
You know what I'd like to see? Could we all agree on one standard definition for sexual harassment? Let's agree that sexual harassment should in fact have something to do with sex. This insanity reminds me of the kind of crap cooked up by liberal lawyers- the same type of lawyers that school districts typically hire. They create some broad definition for sexual harassment that nobody else uses, put it in some five pound policy manual somewhere, then haul it out when a couple of seven year old kids get in a fight. Turn a little scrap into a federal offense- one that gets national attention.
Geezus. When we were kids the teachers hauled us into the office, chewed our asses, and called our parents. They called it "fighting" back then. We all pretty much understood what that term meant. After the ass chewing phase, they let us go back to school. Sometimes parents apologized to each other and then subjected us to more ass chewing or perhaps a beating which nobody in their right mind would have referred to as sexual harassment. Double jeopardy be damned. That's how it was.
I'll tell you this much. I'd be afraid to hug another kid on this school's property. They'd probably bring a charge of attempted rape.