Six-Year-Old Boy Suspended for Kissing Classmate on the Hand
His name was Billy. He sat next to me in first grade and drew hearts on my paper and proclaimed us friends forever. One day Billy snuck up and planted a kiss on my cheek. I was seven and he was six. Billy was my first cheek kiss.
Bill and I stay in touch to this day through Facebook and whenever he pops up in my news-feed, I laugh because I think of how daring he was to plant a wet one on my cheek and smile because he was my first friend when I moved to New York. If I remember correctly, our teacher didn’t have issue with Billy kissing me and I’m pretty sure that his parents thought that it was cute. I know mine did.
Not so much the case with a six-year-old Colorado boy who’s been suspended for sexual harassment. His crime? Kissing a little girl on the hand.
The little boy’s name is Hunter Yelton and he’s been disciplined before for class disruptions and kissing that same little girl on the cheek, but Hunter’s mom says the two are “boyfriend and girlfriend” and is demanding the term “sexual harassment” be taken off the little boy’s permanent file.
“This is taking it to an extreme that doesn’t need to be met with a six year old,” says Hunters’ mom, Jennifer Saunders. “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.”
When asked if he’s been trying to be good at school, Hunter simply replied, “Yes I have a lot of energy. I mean six year olds. They have a lot of energy.”
Do you think that the school is taking things to the extreme or do you think that they’re in the right to put a stop to this by slapping the kid with suspension?
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UPDATE: Hunter’s parents and the principal met and as a result of that meeting, the boy’s disciplinary offense was downgraded from “sexual harassment” to “misconduct.” Hunter has since returned to school.