Two 12-year-old students from Florida faced a police investigation for a sex crime after being caught kissing at an elementary school in Fort Myers.
Police were called to Orange River Elementary School in Fort Myers after an assistant principal was told the pair had exchanged a playground kiss.
But after officers responded to the emergency call they declined to take any action saying no offence had been committed.
Now the two students parents have accused the school of over-reacting and taking political correctness to a new level.
According to local reports two girls who had a crush on a boy were talking about which of them liked him the most.
One of the girls approached the boy and briefly kissed him.
A teacher on duty noticed the kiss and reported it to the assistant principal Margaret Ann Haring.
Assistant principal said it was a “possible sex crime” and called social workers at the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).
DCF told her to report the matter to the Lee County Sheriff’s office who responded by sending deputies to the school.
After talking with teachers no action was taken as no crime had been committed.
Assistant principal Margaret Ann Haring told police officers there is an ongoing involvement with DCF.
Police spokesman Sgt Stephanie Eller:
“They went ahead and took a report and documented this because we don’t know at this point whether or not there is bigger picture that somebody needs to be looking at.”
“We had been called because one of the teachers observed what they thought was inappropriate behaviour.”
Sgt Stephanie Eller added that the kiss was not a sex crime.
“‘This incident is more of a simple assault, though by definition there would have to be a victim,” she said.
It is not reported that the boy objected to being kissed.
The two children involved in the kissing were spoken to by the school principal Holly Bell.
Holly Bell said: “Two girls were guessing who was each other’s boyfriend.”
Parents at the school believe the principal overreacted by calling police.
“How I behaved when I was 12 and most of the kids that I knew, yes its exploratory,” said parent John McDaniel.
“A kiss between 12-year-olds, I would say is relatively harmless.”
Others writing in the local newspaper were outrage by the police getting involved.
One parent wrote: “Whatever happened to common senses.”
While another commented: “Principal Margaret Ann Haring needs to be fired immediately.
“It is pretty obvious she is out of touch and clueless. Two little kids kissing is a Sex Act? What an idiot.”