When I was in 5th grade, I was in a very big elementary school. There were five 4th grade classes. Or maybe that's normal size? I don't know. Anyway, my next door neighbors were twins and were on the same grade level as me, but they were in a different class. We lived on the same duplex rentals. We played everyday.
One of the twins started dating a boy from my class, who was part of our group of friends. Now, remember, we were only 10-11 years old. Back then, we called it "going around."
Anyway, one day, the boy brought a note to us that my neighbor had sent him. It said,
"Dear (boy's name),
I love sex! Let's have sex! Sex! Sex! Sex!
We were in shock. Of course, the boys were all, "what are you going to answer her?" But, us girls, we just stood there with our jaws wide open. The boy could not stop giggling, as he was a bit embarrassed by his girlfriends letter.
Now, she was my neighbor, and I am 100% sure that she knew nothing about sex, but she was outspoken like that at times. We did sneak under her sister's bed, so we could be there when she started making out with her boyfriend, though. But other than that, she knew nothing about sex. It was just talk. Of course, word got around. Rumors were spread. Teachers got involved. Her parents and his parents were brought in.
I must mention, this was a small Texas town, where 16 year old pregnant girls are still sent to a night class so they won't set a bad example for the other "decent" girls.
I couldn't help feeling sorry for the twin. I knew she was just being her old crazy self. Sadly, parents and teachers took it to the extreme. There was a meeting, and all agreed that she would be suspended from school for a week.
The twin got a belt beating from her daddy.
It made me think, what if it was my daughter who got caught writing such letter? How would I react? While I knew the twin was just talk, her parents and teachers didn't. Yes, I should have spoken, but I didn't! At 10, a bunch of concerned parents and teachers seemed very scary.
How would you react? Have you ever witness a similar situation?