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Girl, 12, charged for “playing game,” pinching fellow students’ butt

Posted at 7:48 AM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 07:48:31-04

LONGWOOD, FL -- A twelve-year-old Florida student was put in handcuffs, placed in the back of a patrol car, and booked into a juvenile detention center.

The crime she was accused of: pinching a fellow-student's butt.

Breana Evans, a student at Milwee Middle School in Longwood, said it happened in early March, between classes. She said the pinching is part of a game students play in school, and that she did not know the boy who she pinched. She said she thought it was a joke.

Breana Evans

Breana Evans

The student declined to press charges when he spoke about the incident with a school resource officer. Evans was then suspended.

A week later, though, the boy's mother found out about it. She then called authorities and said she wanted to press charges.

"I regret it because I didn't know it would lead to this," Evans said. "I feel like it's just stupid, just a stupid charge that shouldn't have to happen."

Evans father, Ray Evans, said he thinks the boy's mother is overreacting.

Breana and Ray Evans

Breana and Ray Evans

"I'm sorry my kid touched your kid, but I'm sorry -- because you need some help I think," he said. "Too overprotective. Let your kid be, your kid might get some friends and that's all I have to say."

The boy's mother did not speak out on the matter.

Evans was charged with misdemeanor battery. The Seminole State Attorney said if Breana Evans completes a program and community service, the charge will be dismissed and her record will be clean.