Ohio: Going off the Deep End in Lorain

I’m as opposed to rape and sexual assualt as the next person. I’m especially protective of children when they become the victims of such heinous acts. In Lorain, Ohio, they are taking things too far. To begin, they wish to establish the city as a predator-free zone. That’s fine until one looks at the details:

The ordinance would prohibit sexual predators, the most dangerous class of registered sex offenders, from living within 2,500 feet of any school, library, day care, park or public pool in Lorain. Some on council also favor adding school bus stops to the list.
Effectively, the ordinance would prohibit sexual predators from living in much of the city. […]
Now Provenza’s office must research if the ordinance can include all categories of sex offenders; if it can also include school bus stops; and the maximum distance possible to restrict sex offenders.

No matter how one feels about such ordinances, tracking devices or notification programs across the country, we also need to look at how people in Lorain define sexual offenses. In one case, a principal recently lost his job over this silly issue:

Robert Holloway, 49, of Parma, quit his job as principal of St. Anthony of Padua school in Lorain last month, said the Rev. Joe West, pastor of St. Anthony parish. Holloway already had been suspended when he chose to quit.
Holloway told police that he kissed the feet of three 14-year-old boys after promising to do so 50 times if educators lost a recent teacher-student volleyball game.
West wrote St. Anthony parents last week to say that he accepted Holloway’s resignation.
According to a Lorain police report, Holloway paid each student $15 as promised besides kissing their feet – one boys’ in the school library and the other two in the gym, the report stated.
The boys said they did not believe the prank was done in a sexual way and Lorain police said no criminal charges would be filed.

It gets worse. They seem so uptight they’d even arrest Charlie Brown for his crush on that little red-haired girl. Here’s today’s news from Lorain:

School documents provided by Barth and the boy’s father, Frank Johnson, did not give specifics on the incident but showed that the second-grader was removed from school on Tuesday for ”sexual harassment during gym.” It also states the student ”admits to writing notes saying ‘I love you’ and giving them to a student.”
”It’s an embarrassment to me and it’s an embarrassment to him because he doesn’t understand what’s going on,” Barth said.
Lorain schools spokesman Dean Schnurr confirmed yesterday that a student was sent home on an ”emergency removal” for inappropriate actions. Schnurr insisted that his removal was a minor, precautionary action.
”It’s not a disciplinary action,” Schnurr said yesterday, adding the allegation will not be placed in the student’s permanent record. ”We don’t want to put something in the permanent record of a youngster who may not understand what they did wrong.
”He admitted to what he was being accused of,” Schnurr said, unable to give specifics but said they were ”inappropriate” in nature.
However, the student’s mother said the school assumed her son touched the girl because he had written her a love letter a few weeks ago.
”Apparently, they had to treat it as sexual harassment,” Barth said, adding the girl has been friends with her son for a long time. ”And then he was given a day off of school because of passing notes that say ‘I love you.”’

To quote Gwen Stefani, “The shit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.”