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8th-Grader Kisses Girl on a Dare, Charged With Assault

The 13-year-old middle school boy is being charged as a juvenile
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2015 9:27 AM CDT
8th-Grader Kisses Girl on a Dare, Charged With Assault
This undated image provided by the City of Albuquerque via Shannon Kennedy shows a school-aged juvenile handcuffed in Albuquerque, N,M. Whether its ticketing students in Texas or handcuffing them from New Mexico to Massachusetts, experts say the criminalization of bad behavior at school is the outgrowth...   (AP Photo/City of Albuquerque via Shannon Kennedy)

A 13-year-old boy at Pikesville Middle School in Maryland allegedly grabbed a 14-year-old girl's shirt near her stomach and kissed her last week—as part of a dare, reports WBFF, but it had less than lighthearted consequences. The 8th-grader was charged as a juvenile with second-degree assault before being released to his mother. Police say no one was injured. Mychael Dickerson, a spokesman for Baltimore County Public Schools, tells the Baltimore Sun that the boy is facing disciplinary action by the school as well, while WJF reports that the nature of this action remains unclear at this point.

Either way, the unwanted, "open-mouthed [kiss] ... with his tongue," as police describe it, is now apparently being handled by both the school and the criminal justice system—which Reason says is a greater crime than the stolen kiss: "Thirteen-year-olds do stupid stuff. They screw up. And when the consequences of their actions are as minor as this, it's better to reprimand them in a manner that does not involve the criminal justice system." (On a lighter note, see what unraveled after this woman recently kissed a stranger on a dare.)

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