A 13-year-old Pikesville, Maryland boy is going to be charged with second degree assault for kissing a 14-year-old girl on a dare. Police were called to the scene after the alleged assault occurred on Friday at Pikesville Middle School,
Pikesville Middle School officials told the Maryland police officer that a 13-year-old boy kissed a 14-year-old girl during school hours. The high school officials also stated that the kiss was unwanted by the female student and was given based on a dare made by friends of the boy.
The boy will be charged as a juvenile in the second degree assault charge case. Police said no one was injured in the kissing incident. Any suspension or other disciplinary action resulting from the alleged assault will be handled by the school, Reason reports.
Pikesville Middle School officials also stated the 14-year-old female student immediately said that she did not want to be kissed by the boy. Although the kiss lasted a second, the incident is still considered an assault worthy of criminal charges.
Years ago in American public schools, such a prank would likely have been dealt with by the school principal, privately by the children’s parents, or a combination of the two methods. Today’s public schools, however, tout “no tolerance” for such acts. Filing criminal charges for the misbehavior of minors during the school day is becoming more commonplace. Pikesville police are standing by their decision to charge the 13-year-old boy with a crime. Because both of the parties involved are minors, their names have not been released to the public. The boy could ultimately have the charge expunged from his record, if found guilty, because he is a minor.
The state of Maryland does not have a minimum age of criminal responsibility, the Daily Mail reports. Common law in the United States appears to place such a threshold at the age of seven in most cases. The Pikesville kissing incident is not the only time in recent years that a smooch has landed an American student in trouble with the law.
In 2013, Hunter Yelton, 6, was suspended for kissing a classmate on the hand in Colorado. Lincoln School of Science and Technology teachers suspended Yelton from class for two days as punishment for the sexual harassment of a fellow student. Hunter’s crime was ultimately reclassified as misconduct. The mother of Yelton told local KRDO that her son and the girl were “boyfriend and girlfriend.”
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