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Six–Year–Old Boy Labeled Sexual Harrasser

Seven–Years–Old and Already a Sexual Nuisance?

I remember the days on the playground when the boys in my class used to dare us to climb the poles at recess.

Not one to be suckered, I knew they wanted to peek up our skirts. Nowadays, kids have to watch their words and actions or else they might be labeled as sexual harassers.

In Woodbridge, VA, first–grader Randy Castro slapped a girl on her tush at recess. Not surprisingly, she told the teacher who marched the boy down to the principal's office.

All sounds pretty normal, right? To see how this story will surprise you,


So now the boy's school record will read, "Sexual Touching Against Student, Offensive." Unsure of how the incident will impact Randy Castro for the remainder of his school career and his life, it seems a tad harsh to label a young child a "sexual harasser" for a slap on a hiney. Even the mother of the spanked little girl agrees.

Do you think the lil boy is getting a raw deal?


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lily8206 lily8206 9 years
This is too extreme. He doesn't even know what sex is so he would have no idea how that action could be interpreted.
meah8 meah8 9 years
Okay, well here's the thing...none of us were there or know how this child acts on a day-to-day basis. They could have called the School Resource Officer (SRO) to give the boy a good "talking-to" without the intention of there being an official police report and such. I've had to do this with one of my former students (who was in Kindergarten, mind you) because disipline was lacking at home and we had to do something about the behavior. I think this is another instance where people are whining to the press to try and get out of something personally. He says he knows what he did was wrong - but what if he says that every time he makes mistakes (big and small) doesn't mean anything after a while. I think the police report is going a tad too far, but having the notation in his record is fine, because you know did happen. Why cover up something that happened? That's what we are teaching these kids...arggghhh. I just hope he actually starts cleaning up his act and learns how to behave appropriately.
lianabambi lianabambi 9 years
this is ridiculous.. kids copy everything adults do... i used to get in trouble for chasing the boy i liked and kissing him during class in kindergarten.. got a note sent home and everything...
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 9 years
Poor little fella. :( There seems to be no place for common sense in this world anymore.
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
Once a year in my middle school the students unofficially named one day "National Booty Slapping Day." The more booties of the opposite sex you slapped, the better! This is really extreme and I hope that action is taken to change this school's mind!
sassy_chick sassy_chick 9 years
Please keep in mind that not all public schools are like this. People who continually slam public education really annoy me, as a public school teacher. Sure, there are things that shouldn't happen that do. I will agree that the label the kid got is inappropriate. But don't throw the baby out with the bath water. There are plenty of people who kill themselves every day for children in public schools, and we never hear anything but stuff like this. Talk about a thankless profession. The only reason we stay in it is because some of these kids don't have any other help.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
This is so ridiculous.
abqmama abqmama 9 years
That is ridiculous! I can't stand the way schools have become today. My son goes to a Catholic school and it is great because they actually let the kids be kids. If something like this was to happen there, the child would be reprimanded and would have to apologize and that is it. I agree, maybe if the kids were older but at this young age they have no idea what it even means.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Hm, I noticed the picture for this post has changed from the one that is in the Post. At first I thought it was weird that Pop had the picture but then I saw that it was the boy's parents who called the Post to do the article and figured that I guess it was ok with them so why shouldnt it be ok with me.
Joelgasm Joelgasm 9 years
This is so frickin' ridiculous. Seriously, if I was that kid's mom, everyone involved would be getting quite an earful. Not sure if it would do anything but still. How is that kid supposed to know he did anything wrong. Hell, all the way up to middle school we were slapping each other's butts. Dang. Way to overreact.
vcastellanos16 vcastellanos16 9 years
I definately think that he is way to young to have something like that on his school record! He probably doesn't even know why it was offensive...
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
here's`one for you, my very severely autistic daughter goes to a school for only children with a similar diagnosis. she is in the middle both developmentally and age wise of the children there (cognitavely under 2 years of age 10 years old). every child in the school was made to "sign" a sexual harassment policy by the teachers doing hand-over-hand for them. it was then placed in the childrens' files for use later "if need be". your tax dollars at work ladies. kids who can neither read or understand the policy have these documents in their individual files.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I remember Friday Flip Up Day! I ALWAYS wore shorts whenever I wore a skirt to school. I think this punishment is extreme. Maybe we're a tad too on the defensive about stuff like this. If it was an eigth grader doing something like that then that is a problem, but a first grader?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
The PC police are hurting our children once again! Permanent record people! for something that every child goes through! We used to do the "show me yours, i will show you mine" and than run once they showed thiers, we used to smack eachother on the hineys, pinch bottoms, hug, kiss on cheeks, Whoever the principal is should be ashamed of himself.
ckeller825 ckeller825 9 years
Wow, I grew up in Woodbridge VA. Random!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Wow, if you click on the source and read the article, it talks about how they even file police reports for this sort of thing, and they did in this incident too, even tho their policy says that they only need to do so when things involve weapons or injury, etc. It sounds like people need to have a better understanding of their policies in this district. :? Does anyone else remember Friday flip up day? When I was in school, girls never wore skirts or dresses on Fridays because if you did, it was an invitation for anyone to come by and fling up your dress and show everyone your tights or underwear. It was really embarrassing! But I hardly think any of the kids who did this turned into actual sexual deviants. :OY: Stories like this make me think I might consider home schooling my children...
elephantheart elephantheart 9 years
A bad example of adults projecting their own negative issues onto kids and holding them to the same standards. He should have gotten in trouble, but I'm sure it wasn't sexual in nature for him. That's just rediculous.
gaylag77 gaylag77 9 years
I think it's hard to label someone a sexual harrasser when they don't even know what sex is.
stina829 stina829 9 years
I think he's wayyyyyyyyy too young. And *whoa* Woodbridge, VA is basically in my backyard. I haven't heard about this yet either. I guess I missed the news last night, lol
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