In what constitutes yet another shining example of an utter lack of common sense in the hallways of America’s public schools, a 6-year-old Cañon City, Colorado, boy’s expressions of puppy love to a willing recipient have earned him a “sexual harassment” stamp on his school permanent record.
Hunter Yelton, a first grader who counts science class and gym as his favorite subjects, reportedly gave his schoolyard sweetheart a peck on the cheek and later kissed her hand during a class. The girl, who Hunter assured reporters “likes him back,” didn’t kiss and tell. But when other children, likely with a chorus of jeers, “awws,” “ewws” and the requisite “sittin’ in a tree,” notified a teacher, things took a turn for the worse for the young Romeo.
“It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened,” said Hunter.
The teacher quickly sent Hunter—who has previously been charged with “classroom disruption” by educators—to the principal’s office.
Explaining his previous run-ins with school authorities, Hunter told a reporter, “I have a lot of energy. I mean six year olds. They have a lot of energy.”
And the youngster took the most recent disciplinary action in stride.
“They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry,” he said.
But Jennifer Saunders, the boy’s mother, is a little more irked by the school’s reaction.
“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 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 six year old,” she told KRDO.
Unfortunately, school officials disagree and say the youngsters actions fall under the category of sexual harassment—even if the child doesn’t know what sex is. School representatives told reporters they hope Hunter’s suspension changes his behavior.