LONGWOOD, Fla. — A 12-year-old girl from Florida was arrested and facing misdemeanor battery charges after pinching a boy’s butt in school, CBS affiliate WKMG reported.
The incident was reported at Milwee Middle School in Longwood two weeks ago. The incident allegedly happened in-between classes.
The girl told WKMG pinching someone’s butt and laughing at their reaction is a game that a lot of kids play at the school. She said she thought it was a joke.
“I regret it because I didn’t know it would lead to this,” she told WKMG. “I feel like it’s just stupid just a stupid charge that shouldn’t have to happen.”
After the initial incident, the boy told the school resource deputy he didn’t want to press charges, according to the report. The girl was suspended. She said she didn’t know the boy who she pinched.
But last week, the boy’s mother got involved. WKMG reports she called deputies and said that she wanted to prosecute the girl for battery.
“Lord lord lordy what has this world come to — kids can’t even be a kid and that’s basically what it is — she’s 12 years old she was acting like a 12 year old child,” said the girl’s father.
The girl’s father said he thinks it’s an overreaction from the mother of the boy who wanted to press charges.
“I’m sorry my kid touched your kid but I’m sorry — because you need some help I think, too overprotective — let your kid be your kid he might get some friends and that’s all I have to say,” the father said.
WKMG contacted the boy’s mother, but has not heard back.
The girl was booked into juvenile detention.
The Seminole County state attorney told WKMG if the girl completes the diversion program and does the community service, the classes and passes all the drug tests, the charge will be dismissed and her record would be clean.