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Colorado six-year-old suspended for 'sexual harassment' over kiss

Hunter Yelton Hunter Yelton
Hunter's mom Jennifer Saunders Hunter's mom Jennifer Saunders

A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his 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," explained six-year-old Hunter Yelton.

For that, he spent the day at home instead of at school.

"I did something wrong. They sent me to the office, fair and square. 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?' It should not ever be said, sex, in a sentence with a six-year-old," said Hunter's mom Jennifer Saunders.

Both Hunter and his mom, Jennifer, admit he's had some trouble at school in the past. He's 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 his mom.

"Are you trying to be good at school?" he was asked.

"Yeah, but I have a lot of energy!" he said.

The superintendent at Hunter's school district says the boy's record will remain within the district and that Hunter's actions fit the school policy description of "sexual harassment."

"How can you do this? How can you say this about my child? Remove sexual harassment, remove it from his record. I'm need to stand up and fight for him, because that's not the case, that's not what happened at all," said Saunders.

A child clinical psychologist says it's normal for six-year-old boys to try to kiss girls. She believes suspending him, and calling the kiss sexual harassment, sends mixed messages to kids.

The girl's mother, Jade Masters-Ownbey, told the Canon City Daily Record on Wednesday that the school district did a "great job" protecting her daughter from repeated harassment from the boy.
She says the kissing was "not once, but over and over." School officials insist the boy was repeatedly warned and that the punishment was warranted.
No criminal charges have been brought against the boy.

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