- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A 6-year-old boy was suspended from school in Canon City, Colo., on Monday for sexual harassment after he kissed a female classmate on the hand.

Hunter Yelton’s mother, Jennifer Saunders, said her son and the girl are boyfriend and girlfriend — by first-grader terms, KRDO-TV reported.

“She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend,’ she told the station. “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.’”

“It was during class, yeah,” the boy said. “We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened. … They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry.”

Ms. Saunders said her son has had disciplinary issues in the past and was suspended before for kissing the same girl on the cheek.

“We’ve been working with him with the classroom disruption. He was grounded for a while. Big restrictions,” she told the station. “[The sexual harassment claim] 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?’ That should not ever be said, ‘sex.’ Not in a sentence with a 6 year old.”

The superintendent at School District RE-1 says Hunter’s actions fit the school policy description of sexual harassment, KRDO-TV reported.

“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,” Ms. Saunders said.

Hunter was supposed to return to school on Tuesday.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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