Dating in elementary school

What is remarkable is that the exchanges are taking place between 10- and 11-year-old fifth graders, many arranging dates for a Saturday night movie, discussing plans for boy-girl parties or gossiping about who is pairing off with whom.

Remember in elementary school when we thought boys had cooties, kissing was gross and “talking” was just an innocent conversation between two people?

What’s here and right now is my daughter’s entrance into puberty at 10 years old and the countless girls in her age group who are already B-cup deep in the process.

What’s here and right now is the question of how much they know about dating, relationships and sex and how well-equipped they are by the adults in their life to navigate these realms.

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.

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They don't actually go out on dates or anything like that. He tells them my mom won't let me and so far he has gotten by with that, but now...She's also a former educator who taught fourth grade for several years."My first thought was, that was really harsh," Hurst said."As parents, we should be talking to our children about what those feelings mean, when it's apropriate to shows those in a public setting, when it's OK to have those feelings, and that those feelings aren't wrong."Birdville ISD apparently agreed."Children between the ages of five and thirteen have more appropriate and important areas on which to focus their energies and attention."But not all parents at the school, which includes kindergarten through fifth grade, agreed.Glenda Hutchinson has a grandchild enrolled at the elementary school.