DEAR ABBY: I'm a senior (girl) in high school and have been dating a sophomore even though he's less than a year younger than I am.
(I'm very young for my grade.) We have a lot in common and I think we both love each other a lot.
It’ll give you the chance to meet interesting people – and you’ll definitely go on some memorable dates.
Dating beyond your “type” can also lead to new friendships and introduce you to different groups on campus. Freshmen, however, are usually a bit more reluctant to leave traditional dating behind.
When it comes to the definition of dating on college campuses, hooking up is typically much more common.
Casual relationships without commitment are what most guys and girls are looking for.
However, does a senior in high school feel like an adult?
Should a senior in high school be wary of getting into relationships with freshmen or sophomore students?
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?
According to those statutes, the fact that a person under the age of sixteen consents to having sexual relations with a person of at least eighteen years of age is not a defense that will be considered when determining the eighteen year old’s guilt.