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article imageOp-Ed: Six-year-old suspended, accused of sexual harassment

By Karen Graham     Dec 10, 2013 in Lifestyle
It seems that the "Zero Tolerance" policy in American schools have reached the point of sheer madness, now that a six-year-old Colorado Kindergarten student has been accused and found guilty of "sexual harassment" by his school principal.
Hunter Yelton of CaƱon City, Colorado, is six-years-old. The slightly-built youngster with a cute-as-a-button face and infectious grin is not a child you would think to label as a "sexual predator," but apparently his elementary school's "Zero Tolerance" policy says he must be.
So what did this little "deviant" do? In music class, he playfully "pecked a classmate on the cheek and hand." A few of his classmates saw what happened and ran and told the teacher. By the way, those children must have already been schooled on sexual harassment and other "nasty sex stuff."
Hunter's mom doesn't understand the big deal, because the two children are playmates and have a "crush" on each other. Jennifer Saunders told local news station, KRDO, "She was fine with it. The other children saw it and went to the music teacher. That was the day I had the meeting with the principal, where she first said 'sexual harassment'."
As with most 6-year-olds, he doesn't know what "sex" means, let alone "sexual harassment." But if the school district superintendent has any say in the matter, he will soon be learning a few new vocabulary words. The superintendent said, "Hunter's behavior meets the school's criteria for "sexual harassment," and the harsh penalty is necessary so he can mend his ways."
Saunders admits that Hunter has had a few "class disruption" problems, and was once suspended for rough-housing and kissing the same little girl on the cheek. But she insists that labeling her son with "sexual harassment" is going too far.
"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," she said.
Hunter's story has drawn the American public's attention as well as international attention. The absurdity of putting something like "sexual harassment" on a child's school records is not only incredibly ludicrous, but it can affect the child psychologically. Unless that phrase is removed from this little boy's records, it will be a huge red flag, labeling him unjustly for the rest of his school days.
The big problem here is educators have become so fearful of their jobs, as well as being afraid of doing something that's not considered "politically correct," that they are creating an atmosphere of fear. Most parents teach their children to be kind and friendly, and most come from loving homes where hugs and kisses are normal and welcome signs of affection. But how do we expect parents to tell their little ones they must only show affection at home? Try explaining "That" to a five or six-year-uld.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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