A nine-year-old boy who scrawled a love note and passed it to his crush, has been disciplined by the school principal and threatened with legal action for sexual harassment.
In the note, the fourth grader reportedly wrote “I like you” inside a heart, and pretty innocently added “I like your eyes because they sparkle like diamonds”.
The boy’s mother, of Tampa Bay, Florida – who has chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect her young son – told WPTV that the principal in the Hillsborough County Public School District informed her the school would file “sexual harassment charges” against the boy if he writes another note.
Apparently the headteacher stepped in when other pupils began to tease the boy about wanting to see the girl naked, because it “wasn’t appropriate that he was writing the note”.
Speaking to ABC News, the boy’s mother said:
What little kid doesn’t write love notes? My 9-year-old doesn’t even know what sexual harassment means.
Hillsborough School District defended their position. According to ABC News, one administrator said the boy had written more than one note and, as the notes were unwanted, it borders on sexual harassment.
Speaking to Yahoo News, Kristi Davisson, a Tampa attorney with children in the Hillsborough School District, added: “I’m disappointed that the authorities chose to take such a heavy handed approach, if, in fact, they did. I’d be surprised if any law enforcement officer or prosecutor’s office would take legal action”.