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Two 12-year-olds faced a police investigation for a sex crime after being caught kissing at
called to a Florida elementary school after an assistant principal was told the
pair had exchanged a playground kiss.
officers responded to the emergency call they declined the take any action
saying no offence had been committed.
Overreaction: Police are called in to Orange River Elementary School after two 12-year-olds are caught kissing
have accused the school of over-reacting and taking political correctness
to a new level.
incident took place at Orange River Elementary School in Fort Myers, Florida.
to local reports two girls who had a crush on a boy were talking about which of
them liked him the most.
One of the
girls approached the boy and briefly kissed him.
on duty noticed the kiss and reported it to the assistant principal Margaret
She said it
was a 'possible sex crime' and called social workers at the Florida
Department of Children and Families.
her to report the matter to the Lee County Sheriff's office who responded by
sending deputies to the school.
talking with teachers no action was taken as no crime had been committed.
deputies there is an ongoing involvement with DCF.
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,' said police spokesman Sgt Stephanie Eller.
Police investigation: Sgt Stephanie Eller of Lee
County Sheriff's office said deputies were sent to the school but the
kiss was not a sex crime
had been called because one of the teachers observed what they thought was
added that the kiss was not a sex crime.
incident is more of a simple assault, though by definition there would have to
be a victim,' she said.
It is not
reported that the boy objected to being kissed.
children involved in the kissing were spoken to by the school principal Holly
said: 'Two girls were guessing who was each other's boyfriend.'
the school believe the principal overreacted by calling police.
behaved when I was 12 and most of the kids that I knew, yes its
exploratory,' said parent John McDaniel.
kiss between 12-year-olds, I would say is relatively harmless.'
writing in the local newspaper were outrage by the police getting involved.
wrote: 'Whatever happened to common senses' while another
commented: 'Principal Margaret Ann Haring needs to be fired immediately.
'It is pretty obvious she is out of touch and clueless. Two little kids kissing
is a Sex Act? What an idiot.'