From the pages of today’s Washington Post, a case of sex offender insanity gone wild:
In his seven years, Randy Castro has been an aspiring soccer player, an accomplished Lego architect and a Royal Ranger at his Pentecostal church. He also, according to his elementary school record, sexually harassed a first-grade classmate.
During recess at his Woodbridge school one day in November, when he was 6, he said, he smacked the classmate’s bottom. The girl told the teacher. The teacher took Randy to the principal, who told him such behavior was inappropriate. School officials wrote an incident report calling it “Sexual Touching Against Student, Offensive,” which will remain on his student record permanently.
Then, as Randy sat in the principal’s office, they called the police.
“I thought they were going to take me to prison,” Randy said recently. “I was scared.”
Randy’s crime ? Well, you decide:
Randy sat on the lower bunk in his bedroom recently and explained what happened Nov. 26 on the playground at Potomac View Elementary School. Katherine DeLeon, a classmate who regularly came over to play, was kneeling on a bench, talking to friends. He said he saw another boy race over to the girl, whack her on the bottom and run away, giggling and pretending he hadn’t done it. He did it twice more, Randy said.
Randy said he thought it looked like fun, so he joined in, hitting her and running away twice. “Every time he hit her, she laughed,” Randy said. “When I hit her, she told the teacher.”
Katherine’s mother, Margarita DeLeon, who was contacted by school officials shortly after the incident, said that her daughter didn’t like being hit but that she quickly forgot about it. “We didn’t pay attention to it, because we know it’s just children playing around,” she said. “He didn’t mean anything by it. I’m upset with the school.”
Sounds pretty harmless to me, maybe something that warranted a talk with the kid and the parents, but certainly no need to get the police involved and scare the kid to death and report something that will follow him for the next 12 years.