Many college freshmen are home this week for the first time since August.
They’ll retreat to what is comfortable – spending time with family, old friends, and for some, a high-school sweetheart.
To most, it is common knowledge that people who have reached the age of majority should not be romantically involved with minors.Dear Mom of High School Freshman, It is hard not to feel, in those weeks leading up to the first day of freshman year, that you and your child have finally hit the big leagues. High school is, in many ways, a break with everything that has gone before. High school takes four years because that is the minimum it takes for both kids and parents to transition from the final days of childhood to the first moments of adulthood. Suddenly your child, and let’s be honest he may look like a young adult but is still very much a child, is in a world where sex, drugs, alcohol, along with high academic demands, competitive sports, and college are all part of the vernacular. What about the freshmen and sophomore students—should they know about the possible consequences of their actions on others, and about their incapacity to consent?Should sex education be required, and if so, is that the best place to tell Florida high school students that they may not legally consent to having sexual relationships until the age of sixteen according to Florida Statute 794.05 and 800.04?