Can someone who is oblivious to sex commit sexual harassment?

Apparently so, because in Colorado a 6 year old boy who had to ask his mother what "sex" means has been suspended for kissing a girl.

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"Zero tolerance" policies are ruining common sense in America.

Schools continue to grow increasingly hostile towards boys each year. This absurdity is just the most recent story of many.

In the context of a 6 year old boy and his fondness for a fellow school mate the application of sexual harassment is unwarranted. I can understand the school authorities not wanting to be labeled as allowing promiscuous behavior but we are talking about naive kids in this instance. There remains, even in our modern culture, a certain amount of innocence for those still learning how to ride a bicycle.

I bet after having it explained that what he did is wrong, the poor kid is just more confused.

They shouldn't be calling that sexual harrassment. He should be punished for not minding his teacher.

At that age, kids need room to learn about sex, kissing, flirting, playing with the other gender, etc. in an open, safe environment. Both the boy and the girl are probably going to get a hang-up about kissing now. Good job school system.

As to your question, Unseen, it's not impossible but I highly doubt this occurs very often. It would be most likely to happen with a young child parroting the behavior of adults...using harrassing language or talking down/ordering around someone based on gender sterotypes.

The "sex" in "sexual harassment" doesn't stand for sex as in intercourse, it stands for harrassment based on sex as gender.

See the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's description of sexual harassment: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sexual_harassment.cfm

"Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex."

I agree that they applied the wrong standard. He should learn to be obedient to his teachers, though even that can head in the wrong direction (teacher asking him to do something he shouldn't be asked to do, for example, sexual or otherwise).

I understand that sexual harrassment needn't be about sex, and yet trying to explain why the harrassment is called sexual is bound to be confusing to a 6 year old. Even explaining why he has to treat girls differently based on their sex (or gender, if you prefer) has to be hard to justify. At that age, girls are not more fragile than boys, and enforcing a standard in which he has to treat girls differently from his male friends would seem to be enforcing an arbitrary cultural standard rather than one based on facts.

Poor kid. Could be his main concern is Santa's opinion on his behavior.

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