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6-year-old suspended over kiss: Sexual harassment a kid's peck on the cheek?

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A 6-year-old suspended over a kiss has people raising their eyebrows everywhere, as a Colorado boy was removed from school after the school principal believed his peck on the cheek to a female classmate was a form of sexual harassment. The kissing incident took place in Canon City, Colorado, and left young Hunter Yelton confused as for the reason of his suspension, ECanadaNow reports this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

The 6-year-old suspended was taken out of school after his school principal said that kissing a female student on the cheek was an action that could be deemed as sexual harassment. Hunter Yelton told his teacher that he was just showing some cute affection for a girl in his class, who he often calls his “girlfriend” by offering her a peck on the cheek. A reporter spoke with little Hunter on the sexual harassment charge, and, bemused, all he said was:

“It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her.” And then he also confessed, “They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry.”

However, the young boy’s mother, Jennifer, apparently does not feel sorry about having the 6-year-old suspended, and feels the punishment he received was way over the line, given the nature of what happened. She also feels that slapping any words around like sexual harassment over a kiss on the cheek could hurt her son’s reputation and feelings. The mother added that although Hunter is only six and played boyfriend and girlfriend with this female classmate, he’s now asking what “sex” even means due to the suspension debacle.

Of course, Hunter Yelton is used to staying out of school for a bit, as he has been on the receiving end of serious school punishment in the past for rough-housing with another boy and kissing the same girl on the cheek before. He added that although he tries to be good, he has “a lot of energy” and just “likes” the unidentified girl.

This time, it’s hopeful that Hunter has learned an important lesson — though perhaps not about sexual harassment quite yet — and the 6-year-old suspended will save the kissing for when he’s older.



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