BY ANAILI MEDINA — High school: a place to meet people? High school students usually span from ages fourteen to eighteen.
Or get into relationships that last, end, or get you in jail?
In the Darwinian world of high-school dating, freshman girls and senior boys have the highest chances of successfully partnering up. And they have found that for the most part, they're accurate.
Now, however, social scientists have examined them exhaustively and empirically.
Should a senior in high school be wary of getting into relationships with freshmen or sophomore students?
Economists Peter Arcidiacono and Marjorie Mc Elroy of Duke and Andrew Beauchamp of Boston College examined an enormous trove of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, more commonly known as The poll asked a broad range of questions about health and behavior—and the data set has become the basis of dozens of famed medical, sociological, and economic studies.
(For instance, James Fowler of UC-San Diego recently used data from Add Health be a genetic foundation for an individual's political beliefs.) For their paper, Arcidiacono, Mc Elroy, and Beauchamp focused on the dating and sex lives of high schoolers—a subject much-analyzed by magazine editors and romantic-comedy screenwriters, but less familiar to social scientists.
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.
These may be some of the questions running through the mind of Kaitlyn Hunt as she continues to murk her way through the criminal justice system for engaging in a relationship with her fourteen year old, same sex girlfriend.