A 6-year-old Colorado boy has been suspended from school for planting a kiss on a classmate. A first-grade student in Cañon City, is accused of sexual harassment because he bent over and kissed the hand of a fellow student.
“They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong, and I feel sorry,” the boy told the local TV station.
The youngster seems to be the only one in the situation who is reacting in a reasonable manner. The school principal labeled the act as sexual harassment and called the boy’s parents in for a conference. The mother sees the behavior as puppy love.
School officials say Hunter’s actions fit the district’s policy description of sexual harassment. They’re hoping the one-day suspension will change his behavior. The superintendent at School District RE-1, says any school record remains within the district. The school district also says the boy’s parents may believe that kissing the girl at school is overall acceptable- but that’s where the school disagrees.
School administrators adopt poorly written or poorly considered policies, then when implemented in a nonsensical fashion, act as if their hands are tied. A peck on the hand hardly warrants a one-day suspension or “sex offender” status.
The boy’s mother says her son has a crush on the girl and that she likes him back, describing the two as “boyfriend and girlfriend.” And the mother complained to local media sources that, “Now my son is asking questions. ‘What is sex, mommy?’ That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a 6-year-old”.
This mother needs to wake up – on one hand she talks about her son’s crush and on the other, acts as if the boy is oblivious to sex. Encouraging romantic relationships at age six is silly and potentially unhealthy. Assuming that a six year old is unaware about sexual behavior is just plain silly.