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Six-year-old Hunter Yelton, of Canon City, Colo., was suspended from school for kissing a girl on her hand and now has "sexual harassment" on his record, The Blaze reported Monday.

"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 said.

Yelton told KRDO he loves science and phys-ed. He also has a crush on a girl at school who likes him back.

"They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry," he said.

Yelton's mother, Jennifer Saunders, is furious with the school for labeling her son a sexual harasser at six years old.

“She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend’. The other children saw it and went to the music teacher,” Saunders said. “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? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a six year old.”

Yelton, The Blaze reported, has reportedly been in trouble at school before. KDRO said Hunter has 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," Saunders added.

According to the superintendent of School District RE-1, Yelton's actions fit the policy definition 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 going to stand up and fight for him because that’s not the case, that’s not what happened at all,” Saunders said.

Moreover, Sandy Wurtele, a child clinical psychologist at UCCS, says Yelton's behavior is normal for a six-year-old boy, and the school's actions may have long-term inplications.

“That really gives mixed messages, negative messages to the kids,” she said of the suspension. "This part of development is just as important if not more than their academic subjects."

She also told KRDO the term "sexual harassment" could have serious consequences on a young child.

"I don't think a six-year-old would understand what harassment is,” Wurtele said. "That has some longer term implications."

If anything, Wurtele said, it's an opportunity to talk and have a discussion with Yeltin, the girl involved and their classmates and parents.



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