A West Virginia
elementary school has its hands full thanks to a sexual
harassment allegation made by a fifth grader against a
special needs classmate who identifies as gay.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that
12-year-old Josh Allen says he was touched inappropriately
by a fellow student in the bathroom of Marmet
Elementary School. Allen told school officials his
classmate said he was gay, professed his love for Allen,
and grabbed his buttocks. Allen also says the boy has done
it a few times before, including one time that Allen
said was witnessed by a teacher, who allegedly did nothing.
School counselor Ditty Markham says the other
student probably didn't realize what he
was doing. She told the Daily Mail, "When
you're dealing with special needs kids, you might deal
with situations differently than with children who have the
ability to reason their choices."
But Allen's mother thinks differently, telling
the paper, "This boy is slow, but he knows what he's
doing. He knows that it's wrong. But they just let him
get away with it." Allen's family is considering a
lawsuit; school officials say an investigation is under way.
(Sirius OutQ News)