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Old 02-08-2006, 08:04 AM   #1
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Six Year Old Suspended For Sexual Harassment

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Boy's suspension in harassment case outrages mother
Seeks new school for son, 6

BROCKTON -- A 6-year-old boy suspended last week after school officials said he sexually harassed a girl in his class does not understand what he did wrong and should be moved to another elementary school to avoid becoming stigmatized by the incident, his mother said yesterday.

The Brockton school district gave the boy a three-day suspension on Jan. 30 after conducting an internal investigation -- which they forwarded to the Plymouth district attorney's office. Prosecutors, however, have not brought any charges, in part because state juvenile criminal laws do not apply to those under age 7, said prosecutors.

The suspension outraged the boy's mother, Berthena Dorinvil, who said her son is far too young to know the meaning of sexual harassment.

''What is that supposed to mean? He's only 6 years old. I didn't raise my son like this," she said last night in an interview at her home.

Dorinvil said school administrators told her that her son's infraction was to place his hand inside the waistband of a girl's pants, touching the skin on her back.

Though her son's suspension has ended, Dorinvil has kept him out of school and has filed a request with Brockton schools to move him to another elementary school because she feels he would be treated differently at the school he attended, Joseph H. Downey Elementary.

She said the district has declined the transfer request but offered to move him to another class in the same school. She is appealing that decision and plans to keep the child home indefinitely.

Brockton school officials yesterday defended their decision.

''This was done right by the book," said Cynthia E. McNally, a district spokeswoman. ''This was thoroughly investigated."

School district administrators said Brockton schools have for years had among the state's most thorough and progressive policies on student sexual harassment.

''The safety and well-being of Brockton Public School students and staff is of the utmost importance to us and we take all allegations of sexual harassment very seriously," read a statement released yesterday by Brockton School Superintendent Basan Nembirkow. ''Principals are trained to handle these difficult situations and they are assisted, as needed, by the district's sexual harassment officer in handling each situation."

School officials would not comment on the specifics of the boy's case, citing his privacy rights. The boy was not identified because he is a minor. Downey principal Diane C. Gosselin could not be reached for comment.

Dorinvil is a stay-at-home mother who said she has raised her only child in the conservative moral tradition of Haitian evangelicalism.

She and her husband, Philippe, a school bus driver in Boston, do not let their son watch secular television and have signed up for cable so he can watch religious cartoons.

She said Gosselin called her on Jan. 30 to tell her ''my son was in trouble over a girl." At school, where she found her boy in tears, she said she was informed he had violated the school's sexual harassment policy and would be suspended.

The Brockton school district's student sexual harassment policy, drafted in January of 2004, prohibits ''uninvited physical contact such as touching, hugging, patting, or pinching."

School officials refused to disclose which provision of the policy the boy violated.

''It's a situation within the parameters [of sexual harassment], and we're dealing with it within the parameters," said McNally.

The school district forwarded the evidence to Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz's office.

A spokeswoman for Cruz, Bridget Norton Middleton, confirmed the office had reviewed the case, but she refused to comment on it. However, she noted that juvenile crimes apply to those age 7 to 17, with younger children exempt.

Dorinvil said her son has said he does not want to return to Downey because they are ''too mean." She said he is confused over the recent turn of events in his life -- and has questions she finds difficult to answer.

''He doesn't even know what that word 'sexual' is. I don't see how I'm going to explain it to him," she said. ''I can't. He's just too young for that."
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I realize that he may have violated the rules regarding sexual harassment, but where is the common sense in realizing that he's 6 years old? Tell him what he did was wrong, but don't suspend him. He's getting treated like a criminal.
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That is just crazy!!
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Maybe this is one reason schools are extra cautious about making sure they take swift, preventive measures. Obviously this case is more extreme than the Brockton case..


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High court backed an elementary school case
By Laura Crimaldi
Wednesday, February 8

While sexual harassment in a first-grade classroom may seem unusual at first glance, a Georgia fifth-grader made it a matter important enough to be decided on by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1999, the high court handed down a 5-to-4 decision ruling that schools are responsible for student-to-student sexual harassment if the school officials knew about the misconduct and did not take action.
The case centered around a civil rights lawsuit filed by the parents of LaShonda Davis, a Monroe County fifth-grader, who was touched, grabbed and verbally harassed by a boy referred to only as “G.F.” in court papers.
The boy was also accused of trying to touch Davis’s genital area and breasts, asking her for sex, and even going so far as to put a doorstop in his pants to simulate an erection.
The girl took her complaints to classroom teachers. Her parents also complained to teachers and asked for her seat to be moved. The school did not act.
The daily classroom harassment took a hefty toll on Davis, who saw her grades plummet and even penned a suicide note.
In a separate criminal action, G.F. pleaded guilty to sexual battery.
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What bothers me is that the school is seemingly taking the "cover your ass" approach rather than teaching the boy about appropriate behavior. Punishment is not going to make him learn.
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While contact not unusual, most kids don’t understand issue
By Laura Crimaldi
Wednesday, February 8, 2006

While it’s “preposterous” to expect first-graders to understand the definition of sexual harassment, experts said, even at the tender age of 6 children can engage in sexually inappropriate behavior.
“Yes, children are capable of this,” said sexual harassment and bullying expert Nan Stein, who is a senior research scientist at Wellesley College’s Center for Research on Women. “That’s not the point. What the point is if they are able to understand instructions from teachers about what’s appropriate and what’s inappropriate.”
During her nearly 30 years of research in sexual harassment, Stein said, she has come across stories from Louisiana to Maine of elementary students abusing classmates. In some cases they used brooms to sexually assault other children. In one instance a young girl was held down by other students on a playground and then mounted by another student in a sexual way.
In 1996, first-grader Johnathan Prevette made national headlines when officials at Southwestern Elementary in Lexington, N.C., yanked him from class for one day and barred him from going to an ice-cream party for students with perfect attendance after a teacher saw him smooch a female classmate.
At first, school officials accused Prevette of sexual harassment, but they later backed down from that claim.
Jetta Bernier, executive director of Massachusetts Citizens for Children, said elementary school teachers and administrators need more training to distinguish more innocent forms of sexual expression from more dangerous behaviors.
“Children are absolutely capable of expressing behaviors that are sexually inappropriate,” Bernier said. “But that does not mean they are sexual offenders. We don’t want to label them that. They may have been victims themselves.”
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It makes you wonder what sort of stuff these kids are seeing at home!
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This is ridiculous.

What about all those girls in kindergarten that would pull us aside and surprise the boys with kisses? I mean most boys back then ran away yelling "kooties". Half the girls in my class would be suspended.
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It makes you wonder what sort of stuff these kids are seeing at home!
they are probably seeinf "hey hon" hug & kiss - which is so fuscking obscene !

then on MTV...seeing some shaven oily skinned booty shakin which is allright cuz the girl has a tight ass and we all need to make a living .....and its only entertainment

then the parents come in and sit together on the loveseat adn turn on law and order
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Kids are a product of their own society - they tend to mimic what they see others doing whether in their own home, neighborhood or on tv.
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do your kids do that?
which society?
whose home?
what neighborhood?
which channel?

are they mimmicking or is it a form of expression?
i think expression is lost......
expression CAN be refined
but there isnt a feeling of obligation or altruism among adults
twords children
things have replaced creativity

im as guilty as my neighbor


all in all were all just bricks in the wall
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do your kids do that?
which society?
whose home?
what neighborhood?
which channel?

are they mimmicking or is it a form of expression?
i think expression is lost......
expression CAN be refined
but there isnt a feeling of obligation or altruism among adults
twords children
things have replaced creativity

im as guilty as my neighbor


all in all were all just bricks in the wall
ask yourself those questions - but then maybe you're a brick wall....

Haven't you heard the phrase "It takes a village to raise a kid"??? If the village is fucked up - then the kid may (operative word here) turn out to be fucked up...
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In some cases they used brooms to sexually assault other children. In one instance a young girl was held down by other students on a playground and then mounted by another student in a sexual way.
My kids see love and affection in their home, but there is a big difference when six year olds are capable of acting like this. That is what i meant when i asked what kids are seeing at home.
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I really don't see how this is a case of "product of society".

The kid is 6 and according to the article lived somewhat sheltered than most 6 year olds.
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I really don't see how this is a case of "product of society".

The kid is 6 and according to the article lived somewhat sheltered than most 6 year olds.
I'm not sure of that but the two stories from the posts that followed shows evidence of sexual harassmant among elementary school children....
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