LONGWOOD, Fla. – A 12-year-old girl was read her rights, put in the back of a cop car, booked into juvenile detention and had her mugshot taken because she pinched a boy’s butt at school, according to WKMG.
"I regret it because I didn't know it would lead to this," said Breana Evans, who pinched a peer two weeks ago during a game.
"I feel like it's just stupid, just a stupid charge that shouldn't have to happen," Evans told WKMG-TV.
She faces a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with the encounter.
If she completes the diversion program and community service, and passes a series of drug tests, the charge against her will be dismissed and her record will be wiped clean, according to the Seminole State Attorney.
But she and her father say the entire situation is unnecessary.
"Lord, Lord, Lordy, what has this world come to?" her father Ray Evans said. "Kids can't even be a kid."
Evans said she did not know the boy she pinched and it was all part of a game that students often play. She called it “just a joke.”
For his part, the boy who was pinched told the school resource deputy he did not want to press charges. Evans was suspended as a result, WKMG reports. But last week, the boy’s mother called deputies and said she wanted to prosecute the 12-year-old.
"That's what the deputy told me. He said, ‘I don't even want to do this.’ That's what the deputy said. ‘But I have to do what I have to do,’" Ray Evans told WKMG.
WKMG left a message with the boy’s mother seeking comment. That call has not been returned, according to the station.
Still, the girl’s father wants the boy’s mother to hear this: "I'm sorry. That's all I can say for you, lady, is you need some help, I think. Too overprotective."
Breana said, "I'm sorry for touching your kid."