The suspension of a 6-year-old boy for kissing a girl at school is raising questions about whether the peck should be considered sexual harassment. The boy’s mother said officials at Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City, a southern Colorado city of 16,000, are over-reacting. Jennifer Saunders said her son was suspended once before for kissing the girl and had other disciplinary problems, and she was surprised to find out that he would be forced out of school again for several days. First grader Hunter Yelton told KRDO-TV ( that he has a crush on a girl at school and she likes him back. “It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group, and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened,” he said. Saunders said she saw nothing wrong with her son’s display of affection. She said she punished him for other problems in school, including rough-housing. She was shocked when the school’s principal brought up the term “sexual harassment” during a meeting. “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 said. “For most 6-year-old boys, absolutely. That would be a normal behavior,” said Sandy Wurtele, a child clinical psychologist who specializes in child sexual development and the prevention of

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childhood sexual abuse.

As a 6 year old boy I got caught playing doctor with the neighbor girl, but then we were young sexual deviants. Good times.

  1. Gassy Noell says:

    If this had happened between 2 boys, girls, transgenders, etc, it would have been tolerated, maybe even encouraged.

  2. NewFormatSux says:

    The problem is that he kissed her on the hand. This is not appropriate behaviour for administrators who wish to encourage promiscuity.

  3. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    I thought by definition that sexual harassment was “unwanted” attention? Now, the girl kiddie being a kiddie cannot form the mental requirements of consent…so I guess of unwanted either…but then the boy kiddie can’t either.

    Looks more like random motion to me.

    So like silly hoomans to find a pattern and intentionality behind random motion.

    Know what I mean?

  4. Dallas says:

    That budding molester needs to be stopped immediately before he kills

  5. NewFormatSux says:

    That Jennifer Saunders looks like the real problem the school should be worrying about.

  6. Uncle Patso says:

    Seems to me it should be obvious that the term sexual harassment should not apply until the secondary sexual characteristics begin to appear, such as pubic/underarm hair, etc.

    I remember having crushes in grade school — I shudder to think what damage being suspended for a kiss and being accused of sexual harassment would have done to my development at that time.

  7. t0llyb0ng says:

    The “authorities” should know better than to project their sexualities onto six-year-olds who as yet lack the knowledge of conjugal relations.  The kiss on the hand was quite romantic & charmingly devoid of an agenda.  Why put a filthy adult label on it?  Little kids don’t need to know that stuff yet.

    No hyphen in overreacting.

    • A-Hole says:

      What else did you expect in a State over run by liberals?

      Hell! That kid is already in a town that mostly employs prison workers. So if you live there then you gotta ensure those gubment jobs by making a criminal out of someone.

      … Not that our public education isn’t already doing a good job contributing to the prison population (which creates those oh so wonderful gubment jobs).

  8. sargasso_c says:

    On a sex predator database at age 6.

    • A-Hole says:

      Try age ZERO! Or didn’t you think you molested your own MOTHER as you were born? (The reasoning here makes just about as much sense.)

  9. orchidcup says:

    Holy crap. I could have been busted for sexual harassment in the second grade. Good thing nobody was looking.

  10. AdmFubar says:

    and Toronto politics are still menaced by likes of Rob Ford… what has north amerika come to??

  11. Greg Allen says:

    >> Jennifer Saunders said her son was suspended once before for kissing the girl and had other disciplinary problems,

    I suspect that this is the real issue. Not a single kiss. Likely, the kid is out-of-control, perhaps harassing other students.

    In any regard, I’ve had to deal with issues issues, twice this year, with this same age.

    My approach is to first ask if the other student wanted to be kissed.

    If yes, I would treat is as an appropriate time-and-place issue. i.e. “Nothing wrong with kissing but school is not the right place for it.”

    If the kisses are not wanted — I treat is as an aggression issue. i.e. “You shouldn’t kiss people who don’t want to be kissed.”

    In Kindergarten, it’s mostly an aggression issue which is not a small thing, if it persists. In my cases, this year, it was a isolated incident and no big deal. Let it pass.

    But if the child in his article is being aggressive towards other students and won’t stop, it certainly deserves action.

    I am not a huge fan of suspension. Far better is school-based intervention while the child’s education continues. But that requires funding and the conservatives are hell-bent on de-funding schools.

  12. Hey, raccoon eyes. Get some sleep.

  13. Glenn E. says:

    Apparently this boy wasn’t “Too rich to punish”. Like a Texas teen who caused a deadly car accident. Killing several. But the judge basically let him off with probation, because if his family’s money. This defense lawyer may have coined the phrase “affluenza” as a reason for why the teen just didn’t care. Can’t imprison a rich kid for that? What classist bullsh*t is that, these judges are buying?

    But some middle class (or lower) 6 year old, pecks a girl in school. Nobody dies! And he a amoral monster, sexual harasser. Yeah, right.

  14. interglacial says:

    What is a 6 year old kid doing at a ‘School of Science and Technology’ anyway? Surely a kid that young would be better off somewhere that teaches reading, writing and basic arithmetic first.


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