Young Shelby is in love with Alex. 12-year-old Shelby Sendelbach wrote that statement on her school gymnasium wall in blue marker like millions of girls before her. Difference is now the law labels that simple act as level 4 infraction.
Other level 4 infractions are terrorist threats, drug possession and assault. The only crimes more severe that a level 4 infraction are murder, gun possession, sexual assault and arson.
The young student suffered a bout of puppy love when she scribbled "I love Alex" on the school wall. She will be reassigned to an alternative school as part of her punishment. The Katy Independent School District says they are just doing their jobs. Shelby will be attending an alternative school for graffiti from Aug. 27 through Dec. 21.
Mom and Dad aren't happy that Shelby wrote on the wall but think the punishment is way over the top.
"We are shocked that the school district rules as they are written make no distinction between what Shelby is accused of and what a gang member does with a can of black spray paint," Stu Sendelbach said.