Hunter Yelton, a 6-year-old boy, has been suspended from Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City, Colorado for kissing a girl at school, according to a USA Today report on Tuesday. Quite incredibly, the young boy’s kiss has been labeled as sexual harassment.
Jennifer Saunders, the boy’s mother, believes the school is over-reacting, and she was quite surprised to find that her boy is being forced out of school for several days. It turns out, however, that Hunter has a history for this kind of behavior as he was previously suspended for kissing the girl – as well as for other disciplinary problems in the past involving "rough-housing."
Hunter admits that he likes the girl and claims that she likes him back. In the latest incident, he said they were in their first grade reading groups when he leaned over and kissed the girl on the hand.
The boy’s mother said she sees nothing wrong with Hunter’s display of affection and said she was shocked that the school’s principal brought up the term “sexual harassment” regarding Hunter’s behavior.
Robin Gooldy, the school district’s superintendent, said that the boy was suspended due to the district’s policy against unwanted touching. He said that they usually try to get the student to stop such behaviors - but if the behaviors continue, they need to take action. Sometimes, he says, the action rises to the level of suspension from school.