"Two boys tore down the hall of Patton Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran -- what some kids later said was a common form of greeting. But bottom-slapping is against policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher's aide sent the gawky seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon interrogated them. ... The officer read the boys their Miranda rights and hauled them off in handcuffs to juvenile jail, where they spent the next five days."
Two seventh graders in jail for five days for butt slapping on slap-butt day.
And it gets worse.
The seventh-graders were not permitted contact with their parents for 24 hours, they were brought into court in shackles and jail garb, and they were strip-searched four times. And the Yamhill County District Attorney, Bradley Berry, brought felony sex charges against the two boys.
According to a 2008 ABC News story, "In schools across the country, kids as young as 3 and four 4 [are] now facing charges of sexual harassment that will stay with them permanently on their school records."
ABC gave the example of 7-year-old Randy Castro of Potomac View Elementary School in Maryland. He, too, slapped a girl's butt and the school called in the police and wrote him up as sexual harasser.
In 2007, in liberal Maryland alone, 166 elementary students were suspended for sexual harassment, including three preschoolers, 16 kindergartners and 22 first-graders.
In California where the left can pass any law it wants, the state passed a law last year that all textbooks in California -- from first grade on -- describe the contributions of gays, bisexuals and transgendered individuals to America and to California.
How exactly does one explain bisexuality to 6-year-olds? For the left this is not an issue.
At the Democratic National Convention in 2000, the Democratic Party featured five young people, about 5 to 10 years old, and had them recite lyrics describing how frightening their futures are likely to be. This alone was innocence killing. But of course one of the fears had to be sex-related: "When I grow up will kids still be wrongfully touched?"
And of course, the left has insisted on sex education from the earliest grades. In New York City, seventh graders are taught how to use condoms.
All these policies have been enacted in the name of tolerance, protecting girls and health. But the left always has a noble reason for its damaging policies -- even when they involve something that when taken away can never be returned: children's sexual innocence.
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”