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Dangerous New Teen Trend: 'Scooping'

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At one middle school, sexual harassment is considered a joke.

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Exclusive cliques. Battling low self esteem. Raging hormones. Middle school can be rough. But now little girls have something else to worry about: Scooping.

What is scooping? It's when a boy sneaks up to an unsuspecting girl and grabs her breasts or reaches up her skirt to touch her privates. And that's exactly what happened to an 11-year-old girl at Castaic Middle School, in Castaic, California, who was leaning over her locker when a boy came up behind her and grabbed her breasts.

It took an entire two days for the school to inform the sixth grade girl's father Chris Dawson about the incident and when school officials wouldn't clarify the boy's punishment, Chris Dawson, went to television station KTLA with the story.

But perhaps the most concerning part to the story is the fact that when KTLA reported on the incident, they felt the need to personally weigh in on the matter, calling it a "Schoolboy Prank." Implying that the incident was anything other than straight up sexual harassment is outrageous (Besides, isn't good journalism supposed to be 'the facts and only the facts?').

The message is: Because the perp is a child, sexual violating a girl is less of a crime. Shouldn't we be more concerned that men are learning at a younger age that this is OK? And by calling it "Scooping" -- not assault -- we give young girls the impression that it's OK for boys to grab their private parts.

Tell us: Is this a case of 'boys will be boys' or is it a serious matter?


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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
Jillian March 25, 2010, 10:01 AM

That boy would still be writhing on the ground grabbing his own crotch if he did that to me.

Black Iris March 26, 2010, 4:53 AM

It’s sexual harassment and the school needs to take serious steps. Sexual harassment in middle school is not really new, though. Neither is daring other kids to do it.

Taylor March 26, 2010, 7:32 AM

This is sexual harrassment however you look at it. He may be young, but he is well old enough to understand what he is doing and that he is violating someone’s birth right privacy.

alexis March 29, 2010, 12:18 PM

Its a serious matter. This “boys will be boys” mentality is sexist and the boy should be punished sternly in school and (hopefully) at home. This is the only way to send a firm message to this generation of kids that invasive behavior is unacceptable.

Jordan June 11, 2010, 1:41 AM

This is not a “new” trend. This happened to me at than age, 10 years ago. Lucky for me, I was taller than the boy in question and had the mental capacity to stand up to him. I wasn’t violent but I told him that was not, and never would be, okay - not with me, nor any other girl. The school’s reaction was crappy, but girls today are scared to stand up for themselves because their parents baby them all the time.

duffer March 5, 2011, 9:03 AM

My daughter was sexually harrassed by a boy who claimed he saw her privates and told every boy in her grade. He announced it to a bus full of kids coming back from a field trip and made her feel terrible. I called up his mother and told her. As a mother of two daughters, she was mortified. I was assured that her punishment would be much worse than what any school would do. The disappointing thing was only one girl stood up for her. Girls need to support each other and not see one another as competition for boys’ attention.


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