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. I have something Superintendent Gooldy and the school admins can kiss.

    It’s not a hand but it does have a cheek.

    Little kids often go through a “kissy phase”. You know why? Because humans do that. Seriously, are you all just that bad at your jobs that you don’t realize that?

  2. On another thread, Anonymously Yours asked . . .

    “1, December 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Does blowing a kiss amount to assault if the person to receives it does so unwillingly or unwittingly…..Or it misses the intended target and hits someone else…. A sexual assault…..”

    AY, I guess this answers your rhetorical question for the jurisdiction of Carson City, Colorado.

  3. As a psychologist, I have to wonder….in all seriousness….just what kind of sexual hangups the school administrators have. A lot of what Freud theorized about sexual repression has been largely discounted these days, but on some of it, he must have been right. I would love to give those school administrators a battery of psychological tests.

    Including a test for common sense.

  4. If you want to find for institutionalized injustice in the world you only need to look as far as many schools like this in America.

    When people are subjected to different sets of due process, that is one group has rights and the other doesn’t. This is what happens. Especially when the state has compulsary authority to require the child to be in school then takes away his or her rights. Yet the school administrators claim that they provide review processes to the student to contest inane charges such as this, it is really a sham especially in light of where the principal makes many statements where the student is automatically guilty from the start.

    There is absolutely no cause whatever to support a sexual harassment charge against a six year old. For one there is no culpability for someone of this age because there is no concept of sexuallity in someone that old. They are legally incapable of committing criminal or civil liabilities for themselves. And for this child even if he was somehow cuplable the girl had not objected so where in the ordinary sense did this constitute sexual harassment?

    But, the mindset of these kind of school officials is such that they believe they are beyond repproach even if the supreme court rules against them, adding they were sleighted by the system because they know what is best and how dare they be questioned. Public scorn is often the only way to correct these people, since the system is so overwhelmingly against the rights of the students.

  5. In the 1950’s as a female 4 year old asperger, I disliked being “atttacked “by a kissing bandit, a four year old male with romance on his mind. I cried and struggled to make him get out of my personal space (the lingo is irritating , I know, but sometimes it’s very relevant ). It would not have been in anyone’s interest to severely chastise the boy with a visit from the local police with a view to giving him a sexual predator record , The child was quite good natured and charming . Very young kids can learn what’s socially permissible from their classmated reactions and from a talking to by his parents. .
    Repetitive adult predators, however, should realize they’ll be accused of sexual and/or social harrassment once they’re told they’re invading a person’s privacy and intruding on personal choices .

    P.S. I learned to like the kissing bandit behavior when I was older, though!

  6. Nal….. I think you’re right…. I had read this with amusement….. What gets into these educators heads…. This is crazy and they should be sued for misfeasance…..

    Thanks Gene…. I’m amazed at the stupid that exist….. Seems common sense…. Well…. It’s lacking,…

  7. Oh my! I, too, was a “kisser” in first grade! I even gave all the other children Valentine’s cards and professed my “love.” I apologize to the little boys I cornered and then kissed!!!

  8. Absolutely ridiculous! I really have to wonder how safe it is to put these people in charge of a school full of children. The potential harm to the small boy (by the act of kissing a hand, being labeled as something aberrant) was probably far worse than the potential harm to the little girl.

  9. My sister’s son was suspended at the same age for “sexual fondling”.. And was further required to attend sexual therapy! He was on the playground and needed to use the restroom and began to push on his “privates” in an aid not to wet his pants. The school said he was fondling himself and suspended him for three days. Then my sister received a court order for her son to attend sexual counseling! This story and the above reinforces one of the many reasons I am proud to have made the choice to homeschool.

  10. Now had the boy in question kissed another boy, those same school officials would have been celebrating sexual diversity! Political correctness is a plague on humanity.

  11. When my son was in the second grade, he and another boy, a boy with an older brother to learn from, took their pants down to sit on a swing so that the girls that were watching would not sit in it, cuz it was now grossed out. They were taken to the principals office, I met with the principal and my son and we explained that this could be seen to be offensive in a way other than ‘gross’. There was no way that we could explain the sexual issues. There were and are none. This is not sexual. A second grader is not sexual.

    However, I am glad that the principal had the good sense to limit the reaction to a lecture and simply make sure that my son understood that it was not allowed.

    This event of kissing the girl’s hand and the logging of the six year old with a sexual offense is so far from stupid that it should result in a judicial inquiry and the loss of the job of the school official(s) that made the determination. This zero tolerance idea is only permissible when common sense is included. Talk to the boy and explain about personal space.

    If I were the father of this kid, I would be hard pressed not to be waiting for the offending official for a meeting of an old fashioned kind. Who could condone this happening to their child. This is beyond a curiosity. It is outrageous and a threat to the child. This will be tagged to his record regardless of what happens from now on.

    The US is, sometimes, an extremely stupid country.

  12. The person who initially made the decision to discipline the child under the school district’s sexual harassment policy was the principal, Tammy DeWolfe. Her justification was that this was the second kissing incident, the first having taken place in November (kiss on the cheek) and now this second kiss in December on the hand … both incidents involved the same two children. She could have disciplined the 6 year old under the school district’s misconduct policy but chose the sexual harassment policy route instead.

    Superintendent Dr. Robin Gooldy supported DeWolfe’s decision but added that sexual harassment allegations are rare and when they do come up, it’s with older students.

    The child’s mother, Jennifer Saunders, is quoted as saying, “The discipline is appropriate, for stepping out of personal boundaries. However, having sexual harassment on his record is completely inappropriate. He is 6 years old, and that is absolutely ridiculous for him to have ‘sexual harassment’ on his record, even it is (only on the district’s) record.” Her 6 year old son is now asking questions about what “sex” is, etc.

    Given the fact that this 6 year old child could have been disciplined under the school district’s misconduct policy but that the principal chose instead to use the sexual harassment policy and was backed up in that choice by the superintendent, is, in my opinion, justification enough to follow OS’s suggestion that these school administrators be given a battery of psychological tests. An adult’s decision to interpret a display of affection by a 6 year old as sexual in nature needs to be investigated vigorously. Such an investigation is not only appropriate but necessary.

  13. If anyone is on the blog from Cannon city, Please go to your next school board meeting and demand an explanation. Likewise when this happens in your community. Do not let our schools get away with this crap.

  14. The older brothers and sisters in that school district need to go to the next school board meeting. They need to eat a lot of pork and beans four hours before they go and hold in their gas. Then at the meeting they need to let go. This is a reason why parents home school their children. Johnny does not need to come marching home with a suspension slip on his sleeve. The article does have one mishap. He kissed her hand in one sentence and her cheek in another. As long is was not the cheek of her butt we are ok with it.

    A principal of a school is the opposite of a pal. That pal spulling of the word is out of order. The Superintendent and Principal need to go run a prison. Oh, they already do. I was corrected by one of the dogs in the dogpac. My apologies.

  15. I recall reading that if an adult tries to attribute sexual motivations to a young child, it could be a sign that the adult is a pedophile. I haven’t been able to find the article, so maybe one of the psychologists here could comment.

  16. Simms,
    It is called projection. That is when one’s own suppressed feelings and urges are projected onto another. I am not sure there is any foundation in the scientific literature for a blanket assessment of the adult as pedophile, but I do think there is a reasonable possibility of sexual hangups of one kind or another.

    The alternative explanation may be that a rigid, concrete-minded authoritarian personality will take the rules literally and enforce them in the most literal fashion imaginable. Unfortunately, we have all too many like that working in positions of authority over other people.

  17. Otteray Scribe,

    Thanks for the explanation. It seems like some of these school officials have been transported from a 1692 Puritan community.

  18. On a side issue, did this principal really have no clue how her decision could go viral on the internet? Did she know and just not care? Her overall judgement seems to be seriously impaired.

  19. The kid’s name is “Hunter”?! I’m surprised those morons didn’t try to nail him for some sort of gun violence as well.

  20. Well the ole adage is still true….. When a man has a girlfriend… He is complete….. When he makes her his wife he is finished…. When the wife finds out about the girlfriend…. He is completely finished…..

  21. He will be tried as an adult and receive the appropriate punishment. I addition, he will register as a sex offender for the rest of his adult life. Is there a problem?

  22. Here’s a further report from the Associated Press on the Canon City suspension of the 6 year old.

    In this article a child psychologist, Sandy Wurtele, is quoted as saying that kissing is normal behavior for children of that age and how surprised she is that the school suspended him. “That really gives mixed messages, negative messages to the kids,” she said. “This part of development is just as important if not more than their academic subjects.”

    Hmmm … perhaps the boy’s mother should contact a lawyer. 👿

  23. Hmmm … perhaps the boy’s mother should contact a lawyer. -Blouise



    Rutherford Institute Sues Maryland School Over Wrongful Suspension of Lacrosse Players for Possession of Deadly Weapons (Penknife, Lighter)

    December 11, 2013

    BALTIMORE, Md. — Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of two former high school lacrosse players who were suspended for possessing “deadly weapons,” namely a penknife and a butane lighter, which were found in their lacrosse bags. Although it was understood that the tools were used by the boys to maintain their lacrosse equipment, the police were called and one player was actually handcuffed, fingerprinted and charged with possession of a deadly weapon. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for Maryland, Institute attorneys allege that the Board of Education of Talbot County and several school officials violated Graham Dennis and Casey Edsall’s constitutional right to due process by suspending them from Easton High School on the basis that the tools constituted “dangerous weapons,” as well as their Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

    “By majoring in minors, as it were, treating all students as suspects and harshly punishing kids for innocent mistakes, the schools are setting themselves and their students up for failure—not only by focusing on the wrong individuals and allowing true threats to go undetected but also by treating young people as if they have no rights, thereby laying the groundwork for future generations that are altogether ignorant of their rights as citizens and unprepared to defend them,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, which examines the impact of school zero tolerance policies in shaping young people’s ideas about personal freedom. “Thus far, the courts have done little to improve conditions for young people who are the unfortunate casualties in the schools’ so-called quest for ‘student safety.’ It is our hope that this case will be the tipping point to reverse that trend.” continues…

    “…The Rutherford Institute’s complaint in Dennis and Edsall v. Board of Educ. of Talbot County”

  24. The school was perturbed that the boy behaved in a gentlemanly way. They would have preferred the students having oral sex, or same-sex relations, or even student-faculty relations. But NEVER tradtional boy-girl courting behavior. No, no, NO!

  25. These administrators should be fired .
    As a teacher and administrator I am ashamed tbat the profession has such dim Wit’s in it.

  26. We have a new puppy in the dogpac. He is a Labrador. The dogpac has decided that his name is: SockMonkeyDog. They cannot read the blog here (actually hear it grunted out in dogalogue) because the Dogalogue Machine is still broken. I explained the Sock Monkey story to them and they jumped on the name for newguy.

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

    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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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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