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article imageKiss by 12-year-olds on school playground reported to sheriff

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Nov 22, 2011 in World
Fort Myers, FL. - Two 12-year-old girls had a crush on the same boy in their class. There was a discussion between the girls who liked the boy best. One of the girls walked over to the boy and gave him a kiss.
The incident took place on the playground at Orange River Elementary School. A teacher on duty saw the kiss and reported it to assistant principal Margaret Ann Haring.
Haring called social workers at the Florida Department of Children and Families and reported a "possible sex crime." She was told to call the Lee County Sheriff's office to report it.
Deputies were sent to the school and after they talked to teachers they said no crime was committed. reports Sgt Stephanie Eller, a police spokesperson said, "They went ahead and took a report and documented this because we don't know at this point whether or not there is bigger picture that somebody needs to be looking at. We had been called because one of the teachers observed what they thought was inappropriate behaviour."
She added, "This incident is more of a simple assault, though by definition there would have to be a victim."
Parents are saying the school overreacted. reports, one parent wrote a local paper and said, “Whatever happened to common sense?"
Another parent wrote, “A kiss between 12-year-olds, I would say, is relatively harmless.”
In a statement issued Tuesday by the school district it is said the authorities were "not called because one student kissed another on the cheek." reports, "According to the statement, there was a "physical altercation" between two female students that prompted an investigation by authorities. During the investigation, a "separate, non-school related situation" was uncovered that required police and officials with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) be contacted."
The report adds, "Our school leaders are experienced enough to know that one elementary school student kissing another on the cheek is not grounds to call police. This school's administration did exactly what they were supposed to do and what every parent would expect -- and demand -- they do as school leaders."
Sgt. Eller told Fox News Radio, "They called us and said they caught two children kissing on the playground. The reality is it was probably something innocent between two kids on the playground." reports
Referring to the kiss Eller said, "At this point, it doesn't look like we have anyone who was an unwilling participant in this."
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