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A Kiss on a Dare Leads to an Arrest

A 13-year-old boy in Maryland was arrested for kissing a girl. It sounds like a trumped-up charge, but the kiss was unwanted. The boy was charged as a juvenile for second-degree assault. He says that he did it on a dare, but does that make it OK?

The kiss happened at Pikesville Middle School between a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl. He grabbed her shirt, pulled him to her and put his tongue in her mouth.

"I don't know if an unwanted kiss is a second-degree assault of a person," one woman interviewed by local news said.

However, Maryland's assault and battery law states that "if you touch someone else in an unwanted manner that could be perceived as unwanted, offensive or potentially harmful (whether or not it causes injury)," it's second-degree assault.

Others say that boys will be boys, and they pull stupid pranks all the time. It could be fair to say that many of us have had unwanted kisses in our lives.

But does that mean that people should be arrested for it? Aren't there more serious crimes police should be worrying about?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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