So crazy! A 6-year-old boy was suspended from school and cited with ‘sexual harassment’ on his record after he kissed his female classmate once on the cheek, and then on her hand on another occasion. The school says he was warned about his behavior before, but his mom was outraged by the punishment.
Hunter Yelton was suspended from Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City, Colo. on Dec. 4 after he kissed a fellow 6-year-old classmate on the hand and cheek at school. Hunter’s mother, Jennifer Saunders, was appalled that the school would use adult ideas to explain her son’s actions, but the little girl’s mother, Jade Masters-Ownbey, says the school did a great job by protecting her daughter from Hunter’s ongoing harassment, because she has been teaching how to deal with uncomfortable attention. What do YOU think?
Boy Suspended From School After Kissing Girl’s Hand, Called ‘Sexual Harassment’
Hunter’s mom isn’t as shocked by the boy’s suspension as she is by the term “sexual harassment” that has been attached to his case. “This is taking it to an extreme that doesn’t need to be met with a six-year-old,” Hunter’s mom, Jennifer said according to CBS, saying that the experience has really affected Hunter. “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.”
School officials say they warned Hunter repeatedly for his actions, and that they stand behind their suspension decision because he had been warned about his behavior before, and would “never suspend a student for one minor little violation,” reported the Canon City Daily Record. Hunter kissed the girl on two recorded occasions, once on the cheek and once on the hand.
Aside from being confused about why he’s in trouble, Hunter thinks it’s fair that he was disciplined for his behavior. “I did something wrong. They took me to the office fair and square,” he said during an interview with KRDO.
Girl’s Mother Glad School Took Action
The little girl’s mother, Jade, is happy the school took action on Hunter, because she says originally two boys were interfering with her daughter’s schoolwork. After teachers’ intervention, one student stopped, but she says Hunter did not.
“After they got in trouble, one boy stopped but the other boy apparently didn’t get it,” she said in a statement to the Canon City Daily Record. “I had to put restrictions on her about which she was allowed to be around at school. I’ve had to coach her about what to do when you don’t want someone touching you, but they won’t stop.”
We can see both moms’ side of the story, but something about the label “sexual harassment” seems a little extreme.
UPDATE: After meeting with Hunter’s parents on Dec. 11, the school dropped the “sexual harassment” offense in favor of the more appropriate “misconduct,” according to The Daily Mail.
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Do you think it was ridiculous for Hunter to be suspended?
— Kristine Hope Kowalski