A 6-year-old boy in Canon City, Colo., was suspended for kissing a little girl on the hand.
Hunter Yelton likes science and P.E., and he also likes the fact that his school crush likes him back, reported KRDO.
"It was during class yeah,” Hunter said. “We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That's what happened.”
His mother, Jennifer Saunders, says the two kids like each other, but the school doesn’t see it that way.
Hunter was suspended once before for roughhousing and for kissing the same girl on the cheek.
“I feel sorry,” Hunter said. “I’ve been trying to be good at school.”
After the hand-kissing incident, Hunter was sent to the office where sexual harassment went onto his permanent record. His mother said Hunter doesn’t even know what sex means.
"She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend,’” Saunders explained. “The other children saw it and went to the music teacher. 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 6-year-old.”
The School District RE-1 superintendent says Hunter’s record will remain within the district and that his actions fit the school policy for “sexual harassment.”
That policy includes but is not limited to: sex-oriented verbal “kidding,” abuse, or harassment; pressure for sexual activity, repeated remarks with sexual or demeaning implications to a person; and unwelcome touching, such as patting, pinching, or repeated brushing against another’s body.
"How can you do this? How can you say this about my child?” Saunders said. “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 admitted that Hunter has had behavior problems at school in the past.
“We've been working with him with the classroom disruption. He was grounded for a while. Big restrictions," she told KRDO.
“I just have a lot of energy,” Hunter told the station. “I mean 6-year-olds. They have a lot of energy."