Oral Sex in 2nd Grade? Apparently So at a California Elementary School
Second-graders stripping naked and having oral sex in the middle of class?
"If the reports are true, there was a serious lapse of judgment or lack of supervision in the classroom," Troy Flint, a spokesman for California's Oakland Unified School District, tells the Associated Press.
Surprisingly, few people disagree.
Children learn basic school rules on the first day of class. No running in the hall. No pushing in the lunch line. No oral sex while the teacher is trying to read "Charlotte's Web."
Yet, a second grader at Markham Elementary School in Oakland told school officials she saw some of her classmates doing a lot more than sitting in a tree and K-I-S-S-I-N-G. The 7-year-old girl spoke of two incidents, ABC News reports, one that included some of her classmates stripping and another where two kids allegedly had oral sex.
The network reports school officials and police officers are investigating the charges.
School Principal Pam Booker sent a letter to parents and staff last week, informing them of "a disturbing event which, according to initial findings, took place at Markham Elementary recently."
Booker added that the teacher is on administrative leave and will not be returning to class while the investigation is under way.
Reports conflict on whether the teacher was in the room when the alleged incident took place. The grandmother of the girl who reported the incident tells ABC New she doesn't think the teacher was present, but school officials tell the network they're not so sure.
Regardless, parent Nikki Turner tells ABC News, "the teacher should have paid more attention to what's going on."
Allen Saunders, who has a nephew in the class, blames the parents for the children's alleged behavior.
"They learn that at home," he tells the network. "They don't teach that at school."
Pediatrician and child abuse expert Dr. Jim Crawford tells ABC News what people should be most concerned about is the children themselves.
"My concern would be maybe something happened to one or more of the kids involved and that they're responding in this type of behavior because of what happened to them," he tells ABC News.
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.