First Grader Suspended for Sexual Harassment

February 9, 2006

A six-year-old Massachusetts boy was suspended for “sexually harassing” a girl in his classroom, reported AP.

The boy’s mother, understandably indignant, said her son “doesn’t know” what sexual harassment is. He reportedly placed two fingers inside of a girl’s waistband while she sat on the floor in front of him. The girl’s parents did not comment for this story.

While the boy’s actions were unacceptable, surely, the school could have chosen more appropriate discipline against a six-year-old. Telling his mother? Therapy? Such harsh punishment in the first grade will only shame him and force him to carry this stigma throughout his elementary school years.