Dating in elementary school

We all know there’s no handbook on parenting or caregiving.

We all know kids sometimes do things that they have no business doing; as a former teen mom, I can strongly attest to this.

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- A letter sent to parents at a Birdville ISD elementary school raised eyebrows for some after it threatened discipline for students who talk about dating or relationships at school.

The letter from Holiday Heights Elementary Principal Michael Wamsley, which was distributed to parents last week, said recently there had been "distractions resulting from the students allowing themselves to get caught up in romantic issues and the drama that follows."It goes on to list a number of interactions between students that would be considered "not acceptable and [would] result in a Friday detention." The interactions included in the letter: "[...]I know you share our belief that elementary school is no place for boyfriend-girlfriend relationships," Wamsley wrote.

He says his friends just hang out on the playground with their girlfriend and write them notes. He wants to try this, but my concern is that this will 1) distract him in school where he already is having major issues. 3) things will start with hanging out on the playground, then holding hands, then kissing and on we go.

Remember in elementary school when we thought boys had cooties, kissing was gross and “talking” was just an innocent conversation between two people?BISD Spokesperson Mark Thomas told News 8 by phone that there will not be any discipline of students for these behaviors, and that the first-year principal sent out the letter before receiving district approval."[Wamsley] is going to do a follow-up letter that the school will not be discipline a child for saying they are going steady or dating, because as you know, children at that age don't truly understand what those words mean," Thomas said.He added that children can be disciplined for public displays of affection, as is outlined in the school code of conduct.He told me that he really likes a few of the girls and his peers think he is weird because he won't "go out" with them. He said he didn't know because he is not allowed to do it.I told him to ask them, but of course that would be too embrassing.Which is just a term they use for being boyfriend and girlfriend.


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