Schools of the World: Stop accusing little kids of sexual harassment.

Here's another story of an over-zealous and less then brilliant school administration accusing a six-year-old of sexual harassment. The Brockton Massachusetts first-grader was suspended from school for three days for sexual harassment after he put two fingers inside a classmate's waistband. The boy told his mother he only touched the girl's shirt after the girl touched him.

Brockton school officials have not commented beyond a statement from Superintendent Basan Nembirkow that said sexual harassment charges are always investigated and officials are trained to deal with them. The Brockton School Committee defines sexual harassment among students, in part, as "uninvited physical contact such as touching, hugging, patting or pinching."Apparently, the "officials" need more training. Here is a big fat bulletin for Superintendent Nembirkow: Six-year-old boys are not sexually interested in anything. If a student is acting innapropriately by "touching, hugging, patting or pinching" then discipline the child. But please stop slapping little kids with stigma-charged labels like sex harasser.By the way, if you would like to email the members of the Brockton School Committee to let them know your thoughts on this or any other topic, you may do so here.

Hat tip to Strategic HR Lawyer for finding the story.