‘Love note’ lands 4th grade student in trouble for possible sexual harassment

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TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida mother is speaking out after school administrators threatened to file sexual harassment charges against her 9-year-old son.

The mother, who asked not to be identified, told WFTS that her son got in trouble for passing a love note to his crush.

"He's nine," the mother said. "What little kid doesn't write love notes?"

Soon after her son passed the note, the mother said other students started teasing her son about wanting to see the little girl naked.

"That's when the principal proceeded to tell me that it wasn't appropriate that he was writing the note and that if he writes another note, they are going to file sexual harassment charges on my 9-year-old,” the mother said.

The Hillsborough School District said that the boy wrote more than one note and that the notes were unwanted, so that borders on harassment.

Licensed psychologist Dr. Valerie McClain said she doesn't think this is sexual harassment, but noted that parents should talk to their children about what is appropriate for school.

"What needs to happen is education needs to be provided about how to relate to this young girl or how to stay away from talking to her, if that's the goal," McClain said.

In the meantime, the school district is discouraging children from passing notes because it can cause classroom disruptions.

"My 9-year-old doesn't even know what sexual harassment means," the mother said.

The mother said she still doesn't think her son did anything wrong.