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    boys. I ran an after-school program for an Episcopal school, and we'd have the occasional incident with very young boys--usullyt because they had trouble getting their pants up and snapped.  But we had one little rat I will call  Dick, who was already burdened with bottle cap lenses on hsi glasses and the personality of Bennie Hill--that sly grin. He'd flash any chance he got.   He knew it was wrong and he did it just to be nasty. We'd explained it to him that it wasn't polite to come out of the bathroom showing off your weenie (we used a child-appropriate term, natch).  We talked with mother. She was at a loss on what to do, because he was, simply put, a child who would not listen to anything, would not respond to a time-out, would not do what you asked nor be distracted by giving him something else to do. He'd do what he wanted or he'd fling a tantrum. They'd been to PET classes and a child psychologist, to no avail.  As a mater of fact, the one day he wasn't either whacking other kids, flashing them or having a tantrum, I KNEW there was something wrong. He was being quite and still and doing what he was asked.  SUre enough, he had a fever of 12, and it turned out to be strep.

    I always suspected Dick would grow up to be one of those grungy men in raincoats sneaking into porn theaters to jerk off. Now he'd just order the movies in brown paper wrappers. I also suspected he'd be a Peeping Tom and a flasher (he already had a good start on that, and he kenw what he was doing was not acceptable even iif he was too young to understand the sexual aspects). With luck, he'd stop ther and not  advance to rape. He was all-round behavioral problem but the flashing thing seemed to give him enormous glee, probably because I was the only one who handled it matter of factly rather than with distaste or horror.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 02:54:04 PM PST

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