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    sexual comments/behavior
    By New 5th grade teacher

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    I had this very situation come up in my class just last week. The boy in question has had a problem all year long with use of inapproriate language, but until now it had been mostly mild cursing (damn, hell, bitch, etc.) mumbled under his breath. Each time I was made aware of it, he would lose recess, get detention, have a call home, etc.

    Last week the situation escalated, however, when ALL of the 9 girls in my class and even some of my boys wrote up incident reports (my class policy to prevent rampant tattling) stating that this boy had been making lewd suggestions to the girls, using very crude and vulgar language and even drawing pictures suggesting actions he would like to engage in with them. With the incident reports in hand, I called him to my desk to ask him to explain why he thought this behavior was acceptable. He stated that he was only "joking". I very firmly informed him that no one thought it was funny and, in fact, that it amounted to sexual harrassment, for which the school has a zero tolerance policy. With that I wrote him up on an Office Discipline form and sent him to the Asst. Principal who then suspended him for 2 days.

    It saddens me greatly to think that 10 and 11 year old children have lost their innocence to the basest elements of pop culture. I don't consider myself to be a prude by any stretch of the imagination, however, when crudeness and vugarity in polite society are the standard rather than the exception, I shudder to think of how much lower we can sink. There is no longer a sense of shame or shock when coarse language and behavior is demonstrated. All I can say is, "YUCK!!!!"

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