UPDATE: School district drops ‘sexual harassment’ against 6-year-old, facing ‘misconduct’
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CNN) – A 6-year-old boy who was suspended from school for sexual harassment is now back in class after a wave of publicity came crashing down on the school district.
Hunter Yelton said, “It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened.”
For that kiss, the first-grader was sent home.
He said, “I did something wrong. They sent me to the office, fair and square. I feel sorry.”
Jennifer Yelton, Hunter’s mother, said, “She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend.’ 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.”
Hunter’s mother tried to convince the school’s superintendent to erase the ‘sexual harassment’ classification off of her son’s school record.
However, he refused, stressing that Hunter’s actions fit the school policy description for sexual harassment.
Jennifer said, “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.”
After the story caused outrage among national audiences, that superintendent has since changed his mind.
On Wednesday, KRDO reported that Canon City Schools Superintendent Robin Gooldy met with Hunter’s parents and changed his disciplinary offense from ‘sexual harassment’ to ‘misconduct.’
Both Hunter and his mom admit he has had some trouble at school in the past.
He has been suspended for rough-housing and for kissing the same girl on the cheek.
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!”
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.