A 6-year-old boy was suspended from school for sexual harassment and now his mother is fighting to get the incident removed from his school record.
“It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened,” Hunter Yelton said.
For that kiss, the first-grader is home instead of at school.
“I did something wrong. They sent me to the office, fair and square. I feel sorry,” he said.
“She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend,’” said Hunter’s mother Jennifer Yelton.
“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 6-year-old. Now my son is asking questions; ‘what is sex mommy?’ It should not ever be said, sex, in a sentence with a 6-year-old,” Yelton said.
According to KRDO, both Hunter and his mom admit he has had some trouble at school in the past.
He was suspended before 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,” Yelton said.
When asked if he was trying to be good in school, Hunter replied, “Yeah, but I have a lot of energy. I mean 6-year-olds, they have a lot of energy!”
The superintendent at Hunter’s school says his record will remain within the district.
He also stressed that Hunter’s actions fit the school policy description for sexual harassment.
“How can you do this? How can you say this about my child? Remove sexual harassment, remove it from his record. I need to stand up and fight for him because that’s not the case. That’s not what happened at all,” Yelton said.
A child clinical psychologist says it is normal for 6-year-old boys to try and kiss girls.
She believes suspending him and calling the kiss a form of sexual harassment sends mixed messages to children.
Instead, she believes the school should use it as a learning opportunity.