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Six-year-old suspended for a kiss

8_siSix-year-old suspended for a kiss

Kissing in class may be frowned upon, but is it sexual harassment? That’s what one school is arguing after suspending a six-year-old boy for kissing a classmate on the hand.

First grader Hunter Yelton was not only suspended from school  after kissing a girl he liked – and who apparently liked him  back, according to the boy’s mother – but also accused of sexual  harassment by Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon  City, Colorado.

“It was during class yeah,” Hunter told local KRDO News.   “We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her  on the hand. That’s what happened.”

“They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something  wrong and I feel sorry,” he added.

Jennifer Saunders, the boy’s mother, couldn’t believe what the  school had done, especially since the children are reportedly   “boyfriend and girlfriend.”

“That was the day I had the meeting with the principal, where  she first said ‘sexual harassment,’” Saunders told KRDO.   “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.”

According to Saunders, Hunter had been suspended before for poor  behavior and for kissing the same girl on the cheek, but she said  the show of affection wasn’t unwelcome. She added that she would   “stand up and fight” for her son and argued the sexual harassment  charge should be removed from Hunter’s official record.

Saunders also noted that the family has been trying to discipline  Hunter and convince him to change his behavior at school.

However, the school district’s superintendent, Robin Gooldy, told  HLN TV that Hunter’s record won’t follow him should he attend  school in another district, and that any discipline will end when  he stops touching other students. He noted that the girl’s  parents have not complained about the incident.

“Our main interest in this is having the behavior stop  because the story is not just about the student that was  disciplined, it is also about the student receiving the unwanted  advances,” Gooldy said. “We have to think about both  students in the situation.”

School principal Tammy DeWolfe also added that suspensions are  not handed out for just one violation, and that misconduct is  tallied until it reaches a certain level.

Still, as the Associated Press reported, child psychologist Sandy  Wurtele said kissing is normal behavior for kids at Hunter’s age,  and that the school’s actions may negatively affect the child  going forward. She added it’s only natural for kids to be curious  about the differences between boys and girls.