Six Year Old Labeled Sexual Harasser For Kissing Classmate
A Colorado television station is reporting that a six year old boy has been suspended from school for kissing a female classmate on the cheek:
A six year old boy is suspended from school in Canon City for kissing a classmate on the cheek
His mother says it’s a crush and the tOrwo children like each other. But the school is calling it something else; sexual harassment.
First grader, Hunter Yelton, told us he loves science and phys-ed. Also…that he has a crush on a girl at school, who likes him back.
It may sound innocent enough…but at six years old Hunter now has ‘sexual harassment’ on his school record.
“It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened,” said Hunter Yelton.
Six year old Hunter was at home on Monday instead of at school.
“They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry,” he said.
“She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend’. The other children saw it and went to the music teacher. That was the day I had the meeting with the principal, where she first said ‘sexual harassment’. This is taking it to an extreme that doesn’t need to be met with a six year old. Now my son is asking questions… what is sex mommy? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a six year old,” said Hunters’ mom, Jennifer Saunders.
Both hunter and his mom, Jennifer, admit he’s had some trouble at school in the past. Hunter has been suspended for rough-housing, and for kissing the same girl on the cheek.
“We’ve been working with him with the classroom disruption. He was grounded for awhile. Big restrictions,” said Saunders.
Report Bonnie Silkman asks Hunter, “Are you trying to be good at school? Hunter replies, “Yes…I have a lot of energy. I mean six year olds. They have a lot of energy.”
The superintendent at School District RE-1, says any school record remains within the district. And Hunters’ actions fit the school policy description of ‘sexual harassment’
As you can see, it’s unclear if the suspension relates to the recent incident of kissing the girl on the hand, the previous incident of kissing her on the cheek, or a combination of both. Additionally, as is usually the case with stories like this it’s worthwhile to take initial reports with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, while I understand and agree with the idea that order needs to be maintained in the classroom even at the First Grade level. Nonetheless, labeling this “sexual harassment” and suspending the boy strikes me as more than just a little bit extreme under the circumstances. Or am I missing something here?
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