Hunter Yelton, 6, Suspended From School After Kissing Girl on Hand

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
December 10, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Hunter Yelton, six years old, has been suspended from  his school in Colorado after kissing a girl on her hand.

Officials at Hunter’s school in Canon City decided that the kiss was sexual harassment.

“It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened,” Hunter, a first grader, told broadcaster KRDO.

Hunter wasn’t at school on Monday because of the suspension. He expressed remorse over his actions.

“They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry,” he said.

But Hunter’s mother wasn’t happy with the decision.

“She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend,'” said Jennifer Saunders. 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.”

Hunter has been suspended in the past for rough-housing, Saunders said, but they have been working on his behavior. Hunter said he’s trying to be good at school. “I have a lot of energy. I mean six year olds. They have a lot of energy,” he said.

The superintendent at the school district said that Hunter’s actions fit the policy description of sexual harassment.

Saunders said she’s going to fight for the charge to be taken off her son’s record.

“How can you do this? How can you say this about my child? Remove sexual harassment, remove it from his record. I’m going to stand up and fight for him because that’s not the case, that’s not what happened at all,” said Saunders.


Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.