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    Re: 9 year old boy suspended for sexual harassment saying a teacher was "cute"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Depends. Do you work at the Huffington Post, and/or are you otherwise in contact with her through her employer? And if so, are you saying it after being asked to stop and/or in a way that a reasonable woman would construe as creating a hostile work environment?
    There we go. The rules for handling sexual harassment are very specific, and this case, they were not handled properly. Sexual Harassment laws are intended to protect people from out of control or intimidating situations. I don't see how a nine year-old boy could intimidate his adult teacher sexually in any way.
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    Re: 9 year old boy suspended for sexual harassment saying a teacher was "cute"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    What problems does it create? Just don't be an ass in the workplace and you won't get in trouble. It's really as simple as that.
    What you're describing is courtesy and professionalism; the lack of neither should be considered a crime. People who act disruptively at a workplace do so at risk of having that employment terminated. Employers who don't react sternly to that kind of behavior in the workplace risk losing good employees who won't work and customers who won't shop in that kind of environment.

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    Re: 9 year old boy suspended for sexual harassment saying a teacher was "cute"

    One more reason to make sure my children never set foot in one of the accursed public school. Assuming the government survives until I have children.

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    Re: 9 year old boy suspended for sexual harassment saying a teacher was "cute"

    I somehow doubt that he got in trouble because he called a teacher "cute." Usually, when 6:00 news stories like this sound too outrageous to be true, it's because they are.
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    Re: 9 year old boy suspended for sexual harassment saying a teacher was "cute"

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackstone View Post
    What you're describing is courtesy and professionalism; the lack of neither should be considered a crime.
    Sexual harassment isn't a crime, it's a tort.

    People who act disruptively at a workplace do so at risk of having that employment terminated.
    Glad we agree.

    Employers who don't react sternly to that kind of behavior in the workplace risk losing good employees who won't work and customers who won't shop in that kind of environment.

    That may be how the world works in Galt's Gulch, but here in the real world, transitioning from one job to another is not a decision that most people can make as flippantly as buying a different brand of soda because they didn't like the taste of one. The reason laws against sexual harassment exist is because many people are not in the position to casually decide "That's not the best work environment for me, tomorrow I'll quit and find a new job!" Why should the *victim* of sexual harassment have to leave their job? If someone is creating a problem, THEY should be the one to leave their job (or be forced to leave). And if they aren't, then the victim can and should be able to sue the employer for allowing a hostile work environment.
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    Re: 9 year old boy suspended for sexual harassment saying a teacher was "cute"

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    One more reason to make sure my children never set foot in one of the accursed public school.
    There are lots of phenomenal public schools. To suggest otherwise in naive at best. I'm not suggesting there's anything wrong with private schools mind you.

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    Re: 9 year old boy suspended for sexual harassment saying a teacher was "cute"

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    I somehow doubt that he got in trouble because he called a teacher "cute." Usually, when 6:00 news stories like this sound too outrageous to be true, it's because they are.
    this happened at a school where i live, Gastonia NC....todays newpaper said that the child told the teacher to her face that she was "fine", in very suggestive tone.....another teacher overheard him tell another student that he thought the teacher was cute....he had also made unappropriate comments to other students in the past and the mother said that she was not told by school officials of her sons beviour....thats it.....kids do a lot worse things at school that dont warrant suspension...ridiculous

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    Re: 9 year old boy suspended for sexual harassment saying a teacher was "cute"

    Quote Originally Posted by fishinRod View Post
    this happened at a school where i live, Gastonia NC....todays newpaper said that the child told the teacher to her face that she was "fine", in very suggestive tone.....another teacher overheard him tell another student that he thought the teacher was cute....he had also made unappropriate comments to other students in the past and the mother said that she was not told by school officials of her sons beviour....thats it.....kids do a lot worse things at school that dont warrant suspension...ridiculous
    Does your newspaper have any quotes from school officials regarding what the kid allegedly did?
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    Re: 9 year old boy suspended for sexual harassment saying a teacher was "cute"

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    I somehow doubt that he got in trouble because he called a teacher "cute." Usually, when 6:00 news stories like this sound too outrageous to be true, it's because they are.
    I agree. I have already once had an expericence of patiently trying to explain a medical condition and treatment to a reporter and then see it totally turned around in the newspaper story.

    Of course the boy is going to tell his mom he just said she was "cute" and omit that he was making a physical gesture at the time. Kind of like Hermie Cain saying he just put his hand on her head to see how tall she was.

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    Re: 9 year old boy suspended for sexual harassment saying a teacher was "cute"

    I have seen first hand how ridiculous the "zero-tolerance" has gotten. It's gone so far over the top that common sense is thrown out the window. If I didn't have kids in elem school, I too would think there's more to the story.

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