Six-year-old boy’s kiss labeled ‘sexual harassment,’ gets him suspended from school
Canon City, Colo. — Hunter Yelton says he likes science, gym — and one of the girls in his class. But his affection for the girl landed the 6-year-old in big trouble last week when he kissed her hand during reading group.
Yelton was suspended Monday from Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City, Colo., after the incident and had “sexual harassment” put on his school record, KRDO.comreported.
“It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened,” Yelton told the station.
He got sent to the office, the boy said, adding, ” I did something wrong and I feel sorry.”
Jennifer Saunders, Yelton’s mother, said her son had gotten in trouble before at school for rough-housing and for kissing the same girl, his girlfriend, on the cheek. He was grounded after those episodes and she’s been working with him on cutting out classroom disruptions.
The object of her son’s affections was fine with the latest kiss, Saunders said.
Saunders said she was shocked when the principal used the words “sexual harrassment” while they discussed the latest episode:
“This is taking it to an extreme that doesn’t need to be met with a 6-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 6-year-old.”
The sexual harassment label should be removed from his record, Saunders said.
Yelton was suspend for violating district policy against unwanted touching, Superintendent Robin Gooldy told the Associated Press.
“The focus needs to be on his behavior,” Gooldy said. “We usually try to get the student to stop, but if it continues, we need to take action and it sometimes rises to the level of suspension.”
The district had not heard from the girl’s parents. No legal action was anticipated.
Yelton was due back in school Tuesday but it was unclear whether he attended class.
What Yelton did is normal behavior for 6-year-old boys, Sandy Wurtele, a child clinical psychologist at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs told KRDO in a separate story. His suspension sends negative messages to children and the “sexual harassment” label could harm a child.
“I don’t think a six-year-old would understand what harassment is. That has some longer term implications,” Wurtele said.
Here’s another report on the incident from KEYE-TV:
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