being friendly with a boy you aren’t romantically/physically attracted to and him developing feelings for you isn’t your fault, nor does it mean you were “leading him on”. you are under no obligation to date him.
Thank you! I lost a friend because he thought us hanging out, taking about random crap and him offering the walk me to my dorm when it got late meant we were a couple. I had told him before that I had a crush on this other guy, but he felt that him walking me to my door (he lived on campus too by the way) meant I was into him. When I tried to explain I didn’t feel that way about him he kept demanding proof and saying I lead him on. What? Now, with my guy friends I keep thinking “no, I’ll walk in the dark alone so you won’t get any wrong ideas about us”. Since when is the accepting of a polite gesture constitute a relationship contract?