School drops sexual harassment claim against boy, 6, who kissed girl on hand

(QMI Agency Files)

(QMI Agency Files)

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, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

Public outcry prompted a Colorado school to drop its accusation of sexual harassment against a six-year-old boy who kissed a girl on the hand.

Hunter Yelton, a Grade 1 student, told KRDO radio the kiss happened during reading group.

"I leaned over and kissed her on the hand," he said.

Yelton was suspended from his school near Colorado Springs and accused of sexual harassment.

Yelton's mom, Jennifer Saunders, told the station her son is now asking her: "What is sex, mommy?"

A school board official told KRDO Yelton's actions fit the description of sexual harassment, which includes unwanted touching.

But on Wednesday, Robin Gooldy met with Yelton's parents and changed the offence to "misconduct," CNN reports.

However, the girl's mother, Jade Masters-Ownbey, told The Canon City Daily Record newspaper that her daughter has "repeatedly" told Yelton to stop and the school acted appropriately in "protecting my child from what is sexual harassment."


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