Have you heard about the six year old who was suspended from school for kissing a classmate on the hand? No, well it happened. At the Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City, Colorado six year old Hunter Yelton was suspended from his school for kissing a classmate on the hand.
What was the alleged crime that little Hunter supposedly committed?
You guessed it, sexual harassment.
Really, Colorado? Is this where we’ve come? Are we really at the place in our overly politically correct society that we feel the need to label a child as a sexual harasser because he kisses a classmate on the hand?
The mother of six year old Hunter says that she has spoken to the little girl’s parents and they have no problem with Hunter’s behavior. The girl was not reporting that “she felt” harassed or abused and neither were her parents.
The school’s decision does however bring into question the judgment of the school’s leadership. Hunter’s mother and child psychologist that a local news affiliate spoke with bring up very valid points, in that, is this the way we should be introducing children to these ideas – namely sex and harassment? Perhaps the better response from the school would be to use the event as one where they could reinforce in students that school is not an appropriate place for affectionate conduct. But even that seems like a stretch… children are continuously exploring and a kiss on the hand is likely not something we should be getting worked up over.
C’mon Colorado, grow up.
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