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