Teenage boys make dares. Teenage boys do dangerous things to prove to other boys just how manly they are. Teenage boys sometimes do pretty stupid things, just go ask a man who survived his teenage years. And teenage boys like teenage girls. Hormones will do that. None of this is news, but lately it seems like all of it is a crime.
Take this story of a boy who kissed a girl on a dare. The story has gone national. Here’s the entire story:
PIKESVILLE, Md. (WBFF) — Baltimore County Police and Baltimore County school officials responded to a report of assault involving two 8th grade students at Pikesville Middle School on Wednesday.
School officials took a report regarding a 13-year-old boy who kissed a 14-year-old girl during school hours. The unwanted kiss was allegedly the result of a dare made by students.
Police confirm that the boy is now facing a second-degree assault charge as a juvenile. No one was injured during the incident, police say, and disciplinary actions related to suspension or expulsion will be handled by the school system.
Why is this news? Because it’s ridiculous. A 14 year old boy charged with second-degree assault for kissing a girl? For realzies? He didn’t hit her, he didn’t rape her, he didn’t call break the biggest cardinal rule of all and call her fat. He kissed her. Should the boy have been talked to or suspended by the school? Maybe. Should the boy be lectured and punished by his parents, and sat down by his father and told, “Hey, kissing girls on a dare, at school, when she doesn’t want to be kissed, is inappropriate behavior”? Probably. But an assault charge with the police involved? Overkill. Big time. But how nice for the police that their days are so slow, they charge a 14 year old boy for kissing a girl on a dare. Must be a tame place, Pikesville.
And based on the internet reaction to this, plenty of people can agree. We’re talking eighth graders here. Yet some SJW feminists will cry “Rape culture” and demand this young boy’s head. This is school yard stuff, here, people. This isn’t a jail-worthy offense.
We’ll watch this story to see how the public reacts as the news filters through, but that we’re all scratching our heads over this overreaction? Might be a good thing.