Colorado School Suspends Six-Year-Old Boy For Sexual Harassment After He Kisses Girl On Hand

WPTV-Boy-suspended-kissing-girl_20131210142430_640_480We have yet another example of school administrators opposing a child over innocent behavior. We have followed the zero tolerance lunacy that has taken hold of schools across the country on guns and drugs where kids are suspended for finger guns or aspirin. We have seen that same blind, senseless application of rules regarding contacts between students including suspending teenagers seen exchanging a kiss. Now a six-year-old boy has been suspended for kissing a girl on the hand as a sexual harasser. That’s right, officials in Canon City, Colorado have nailed a six-year-old sexual harasser under its zero tolerance rules. Hunter Yelton admits that he has a crush on a girl at school and, during a reading group, he leaned over and kissed her on the hand.” That is when he was nailed as a serial harasser by the administrators at Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City.

What is interesting is that the news reports indicate that the girl did not object to the kiss on the cheek. Of course, that is what all six-year-old sexual harassers say.

However, the school officials insist that sexual harassment is sexual harassment and this six-year-old’s sexual predatorial conduct will no longer be tolerated. Of course there is another possibility: that adults are taking their own issues and perceptions into schools and distorting innocent behavior. I have no problem with calling in the parents and raising the issue. However, a suspension for sexual harassment?

School officials insist that the boy has had disciplinary problems, but the use of a sexual harassment rule still seems bizarre and excessive. Yet, District superintendent Robin Gooldy stands by the suspension and insists that this is unwanted touching and that Hunter needed to be stopped.

imagesThe solution of these adults is to put sexual harassment on the record of a six-year-old boy. Once again, a kiss on the hand is less disturbing than the response of these supposed adults to a kiss on the hand. Even if you do not consider such a gestures as adolescent chivalry or innocent conduct, it is not sexual harassment by any reasonable definition of that word. From the interview below, I fail to see a budding serial harasser or porn star in the making. I see a kid who may need boundaries but that is the same problem that I see in the school administrators.

Here is the little harasser and the little harasser’s mother in a local interview:


46 thoughts on “Colorado School Suspends Six-Year-Old Boy For Sexual Harassment After He Kisses Girl On Hand

  1. Mother of girl involved in ‘kissing’ discipline speaks out:

    “Not once, but over and over…not with her permission but sneaking up on her…not without warning and consequences prior to suspension,” she stated.

    “After they got in trouble, one boy stopped but the other boy apparently didn’t get it,” she stated. “I had to put restrictions on her about which she was allowed to be around at school. I’ve had to coach her about what to do when you don’t want someone touching you, but they won’t stop.”

    Some reports represented them as boyfriend and girlfriend. Those reports now appear to be untrue.

  2. And now the girl’s mother is assigning sexual overtones to 6 year olds. I wonder if this mother has ever witnessed a bunch of girls chasing boys on the playground threatening to kiss them.

    No one is denying the misconduct and the need to confront and correct it … the boy’s mother isn’t denying his misconduct. The girl’s mother just opened up a whole can of worms for herself.

  3. UPDATE: School drops sexual harassment claim against 6-year-old who kissed girl

    “(CNN) — Amid a tidal wave of negative publicity, a Colorado school system has let a 6-year-old boy return to school and said it won’t classify his kissing a girl on the hand as sexual harassment.

    The story of first-grader Hunter Yelton made national news and spurred outrage this week after word spread that his school near Colorado Springs suspended him for the kiss and accused him of sexually harassing the girl.

    On Wednesday night, CNN affiliate KRDO reported that Canon City Schools Superintendent Robin Gooldy met with Hunter’s parents. The superintendent then changed Hunter’s disciplinary offense from ‘sexual harassment’ to ‘misconduct.’

    The boy has also returned to school at the Lincoln School of Science & Technology.”

    Filed under: How’s that crow taste?

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