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Video: Hunter Yelton, six, suspended for sexual harassment after kissing classmate's hand

Categories: Education, News

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Photos, video below.
No denying that Canon City six-year-old Hunter Yelton is a charmer. But charm didn't get him out of trouble this week, and may have actually gotten him into it. That's because he was suspended after kissing a classmate on the hand -- an act the boy's school branded sexual harassment.

This term clearly offends Hunter's mom -- so much so that she went public with the story of his forbidden love. And when it comes to smooching this particular crush, he's a two-time offender.

The story comes to us courtesy of KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, which has done two stories on Hunter -- the first about the incident itself, the second featuring a psychologist who says the boy's behavior is perfectly natural for his age.

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Hunter's school, in a KRDO image.
The clip below combines these reports, which aren't embeddable -- but it's definitely worth checking out the original, if only to see the way Hunter announces, "I just have a lot of energy. And six year olds? They have a lot of energy!"

Said energy hasn't always been used in the preferred manner at Lincoln School of Science & Technology. Hunter's mom, Jennifer Saunders, acknowledges that he's had behavior issues in the past. Example? He previously gave the girl a kiss on the cheek.

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A KRDO screen cap of the write-up on Hunter.
His latest display of affection -- laying his lips on the girl's hand -- prompted the other children in the music class Hunter was attending to tell the teacher what happened. Before long, Jennifer was in the principal's office, where the term "sexual harassment" set her off.

"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 told the station.

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Jennifer Saunders using air quotes in her KRDO interview.
Oh yeah: Jennifer also says Hunter and his classmate are "boyfriend and girlfriend" -- she uses air quotes to illustrate the phrase. She insists that the girl likes Hunter, too, and didn't mind the kiss.

Jennifer maintains that she's working with Hunter on his behavior, and she stops short of arguing in favor of him being allowed to run around school macking on anyone and everyone. She just doesn't want her little boy to be branded a sexual harasser, even if the documents in question won't go any further than the RE-1 school district.

Hunter, for his part, seems to be enjoying the attention. Prepare yourselves, females of a certain age: This little boy is getting older every day.

Here's the aforementioned report combo pack.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa April 2011: "Eight-year-old pepper sprayed by cops: Officers made 'great' choice, says police spokesman."


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Angela Marie
Angela Marie

NO!! Children are full of love, he just expressed his feelings! The message they are sending is that its improper to express how you feel-this has gone too far!

JustMe
JustMe

Seriously , did someone just ask how this is a liberal vs. normal thinking minds thing ? Person asking must consider themselves liberal . The schools out there are run by liberals for one thing . If this boy had been an arab , or African American or gay it would have been considered an act of boyish young love but we know that white American hating  and self hating liberals are always looking to make a stand against normality and turn it into an issue   (  especially  where even a white 6 year old is involved)  , much like the phony  manufactured war on women . An example demonstrating the horrendous double standard is that quarterback at FSU who has been given a pass on raping a girl and everyone sighing relief that a travesty of justice hasn't been committed . If I were this  kid's parents I would be filing a lawsuit against the school board for the psychological trauma they caused to my son .

Randy Lindovski
Randy Lindovski

Right on Tabor Ann Menhennett. The media is so one sided nasty...I know FIRST HAND.

James Gold
James Gold

so..... you think this is a reasonable thing? I'm not quite sure how this is a liberals versus conservatives issue.

Josh Scoobert Doo Cozart
Josh Scoobert Doo Cozart

Even after both sides of the story, it just seems people are so afraid of their own shadow. Sad.

Zac Cheeko
Zac Cheeko

Way to ruin his childhood first love

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Not only is this ridiculous, it's a slap in the face of people who actually are sexually harassed, because now even fewer people will take it seriously. This school should worry about some REAL issues...seeing that children can read, taking pink slime out of "hamburger" that is fed to kids who eat school lunches, seeing that teachers don't have to spend their own money on school supplies for their classes. This is a freaking SHAME...and FOR SHAME that this has even become an issue.

Krys Kumer-Huggins
Krys Kumer-Huggins

A 5th grade boy threatened to slit my daughters throat at school and got a slap on the hand from mapleton!!!!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The only fools "sexualizing" this are the perverted parochial prudish adults.






Sherry Halverson
Sherry Halverson

So fucked up. What is wrong with this world. Shame on that school. Labeling him so young. For kissing her hand?

Tracey Nichols
Tracey Nichols

awwwww no! if he was lewd then yes, but A cute kiss on a hand n cheek? GOOD GRIEF! I m a kissy face i woulda nvr made it to 5th grade LOL

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Social Services not only would want that but also to profit from it anyway they can.

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Colorado is so confusing- Especially Thornton Colorado and Nepotism Adams County. You see in Thornton a not so little boy stuck his hands down my daughters pants and touched her privates ( clearly sexual harassment if not worse) but according to the Thornton Police and Mapleton Public Schools Superintendent that was not a crime at all. Instead they decided to charge me with Disorderly conduct for complaining ( later dropped) and now here we have a little boy who kissed a hand the sweetest gesture a little romeo could have offered to his crush. Maybe he should have just gave her a lap dance to avoid being charged...it works like that here.

Maat Human
Maat Human

women: we want gentlemen... kid kisses your hand... we want all men to be dead... that escalated quickly...

James Zielinski
James Zielinski

This is so stupid. This in a world where people are growing farther apart they're teaching kids to isolate themselves and be afraid of everybody else. I suppose he'll have to register as a sex offender from now on.

Laura Chrisler-Matheney
Laura Chrisler-Matheney

So ridiculous! So a little kid is treated like a criminal while my family lives across the the street from a convicted child rapist who is out of prison? Where are our priorities?

Jason Beck
Jason Beck

Treated like a criminal for an act that use to be considered an act of respect and admiration.

Cynthia Johnston
Cynthia Johnston

Poor kid. Stifle his affection early so it won't be available later.

Nina Phillips
Nina Phillips

No, not at all but then again, it just ain't no fun being a kid anymore!

denise.sykes.wilson
denise.sykes.wilson

At 6? Are you f**king joking??? This is nonsense!

Does the school system make charges on something like this. We have a bunch of idiots teaching our kids!

Idiots! Idiots! Idiots!!!!

Lisa Boulay
Lisa Boulay

Its better he kissed her hand than some other body part!

Bekki Marsh
Bekki Marsh

When will Americans learn that we should not treat affection and love in the same manner as we treat violence and hate! We tell our children to close their eyes when two people kiss in a movie, yet we say nothing when two people are killing each other! No wonder there are so many relationship problems!

Alondra Leon
Alondra Leon

But a teacher sexting a student is okay? What. The. Fuck?!

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

Wtf? Poor kid. Its nonsense, he is 6.

Marc Smith
Marc Smith

the cworld has gone nuts ! STOP IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tony Diaz
Tony Diaz

Don't hate the player. Hate the game! jk It's clearly an overreaction on the administration's part.

Brenda Clemente
Brenda Clemente

This sucks and so does the school systems that make charges on something like this. We have a bunch of idiots teaching our kids, God help the future of our country.

Melissa Rabe
Melissa Rabe

Dumbest choice the school could have made.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

More liberalism gone berserk. 

owen21
owen21

What does this have to do with "liberals"? It's big government, nanny state, abuse if it's anything having to do with politics whatsoever.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues .. because Repugs and Teabaggers want to save children kissing for themselves

fishingblues_mama
fishingblues_mama

@fishingblues Yes, sweetie...you're very very tough.

Spewing insults to anonymous strangers makes you tough.

Dodging the draft makes you a hero.

Declaring victory means you win.

If only all of those boys who actually went to Vietnam (instead of faking a temporary disability) had known that, they wouldn't have had to die.  If only they had been more like you..... 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@fishingblues_mama @fishingblues What a fucking dildo.  Do you actually read the shit you write?  

Let me see..............  You have now proven yourself to be:

dumber than fuck

a fucking liar

a fucking chicken shit

a fucking loud-mouthed loser

a fucking internet stalker

a fucking shit-stained disease


and yet you keep talking and proving it over and over.  Do you need me to hand you your ass again?

fishingblues_mama
fishingblues_mama

@fishingblues Oh, fishy, my brave little warrior (I mean, cowardly little draft dodger), you don't have to prove anything to these people. Besides, if you didn't have the guts to even face a *possible* fight 40 years ago, what makes you think these meanies will be afraid of you now? They'll probably figure you're like Ted Nugent, crapping his pants to avoid serving, yet playing the gun-toting warmonger later in life. That's silly. I know you're not Ted Nugent. He eventually *stopped* crapping his pants. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... exclaims the illiterate jackwipe who doesn't know the difference between believe and belief.


LOL!


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@fishingblues_mama @fishingblues 


Dang shit stain, you really have it going on... 1. You are, obvious to all, a pathological liar   2.  you are a slimy stalker  3. you are dumber than fuck - I can hand you your ass figuratively as well as literally.  If you would like to make it literal, just let me know.

In addition to being a fucking loser, I would wager you are also a "liberal".  You certainly come across as a parasite.     

fishingblues_mama
fishingblues_mama

@fishingblues * Sigh * How many times do I have to explain it to you, honey? The people on the internet are not physically in your presence. You're not handing anyone their ass, you're just typing like a crazy little old man.  If you'd actually fought for once instead of running away, and proclaiming yourself the winner, you might have learned that. 


Dodging the draft did not make you a Hero.


You're not beating people up by typing.


Katie Couric is not your girlfriend.


Dad was not your Real Father.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@fishingblues_mama @fishingblues

   ...says the lying 'shit-stain', stalker.


It is amazing, with such a fat ass, that you have trouble finding it and continually ask me to hand it to you.  

fishingblues_mama
fishingblues_mama

@fishingblues It's ok to vent, sweetie; it must be so hard; never touching a conscious woman that hasn't been paid; never being able to be within 1000 feet of a school, a playground, or a day care center; and having to deal with the shame of dodging the draft in Vietnam while thousand of boys far better than you served and sacrificed.  But you handle it so well, my brave little chickenhawk, shouting in impotent rage and hate, waging battles against those bad old anonymous people online. I'm so proud you've finally found an enemy that you're not wetting your pants and cowering from.  I am so very proud. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@fishingblues_mama @fishingblues   You really don't know how fucking stupid you are, do you?  A half way intelligent person would be ashamed.  A freaking first grader could come up with better shit than you put out.  Jazus, you are dumber than a steaming pile of shit.  No wonder they call you shit-stain.  

fishingblues_mama
fishingblues_mama

@fishingblues Are you sure you want to be so mean to him, sweetie? After all, he *could* be your father. But then, so could a lot of guys....

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@fishingblues_mama @DonkeyHotay   Hey shit-stain, if you believe you are enlisting the help of the "donk" in your insidious stalking, you will be gravely disappointed.  The donk plays no favorites. 

fishingblues_mama
fishingblues_mama

@DonkeyHotay Don't tease my baby! He only talks about jacking off so much because he can't reach his own wee-wee to do it himself, and he's out of nickels to pay me to do it. You have to set limits, after all.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... don't even pretend that you caught it before I pointed it out, poseur.


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @BackOffImStarving @fishingblues     Apparently, that went over jack-off's head.  

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