UK: Children as Young as Four Expelled for ‘Bad Touching’

According to data gathered from the Sun’s Freedom of Information Requests, schools all over England and Wales expelled over 15,000 students for sexual offenses over the last five years. Over 1,100 of those were students in primary school and some schools in Dorset, Yorkshire and Wiltshire had all removed kids as young as four.

In East Sussex, two five-year-old boys were sent home after separate incidents of sex assaults on other pupils.

A five-year-old GIRL in Birmingham was also barred over sexual misbehavior.

And in Westminster, London, a Year 2 boy — aged six or seven — was expelled for a sex attack on a child.

Sun sent out Freedom of Information requests to 174 schools in England and Wales, and 148 sent in responses showing that 14,754 kids were expelled for various sex-related misconduct between September 2006 and July 2011. During the same period, the number of kids kicked out of primary schools was 1,123. Of all counties, Kent had the highest number of expulsions and suspension with 705.

Birmingham was second with 582, followed by Essex with 451.

Offences in Co Durham included indecent exposure and possessing sexual material. And Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, revealed a boy of ten was suspended for inappropriately touching four pupils.

Also in Wales, a 13-year-old boy in Denbighshire was suspended for pulling down another boy’s trousers.

In Westminster a boy in Year 9 was expelled for a sex assault on a female member of staff and a girl kicked out of the same school for a sex attack on another pupil.

When appraised of these numbers, Miranda Suit of the child protection agency SaferMedia said these misbehaviors should be blamed on the widespread availability of Internet porn and other depictions of sex in the media. She explained that children who are exposed to visual depictions of sex at an early age tend to internalize those kinds of behaviors and then act them out in the school environment. Campaign for Real Education’s Nick Seaton chimed in to hold sex-ed responsible, saying that it was being taught to students in Britain at too early an age.

Diedre Sanders, the Sun’s “Agony Aunt,” lays the responsibility squarely on the students’ home atmosphere. She said she often heard accounts of kids gaining access to their parents’ porn stash and having easy access to pornography on the Internet from computers that are not being adequately supervised by adults.