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article imageU.S. school drops sexual harassment charges against 6-year-old

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 13, 2013 in Crime
The Colorado school system has decided to drop its charges of sexual harassment against Hunter Yelton. The boy was suspended from school and charged with sexual harassment for kissing a girl in his class on the hand. He's all of 6.
Hunter is now simply being disciplined with a misconduct and, already having been forced to miss several days at school, he's being permitted to return to class. His mother, Jennifer Saunders, is not happy with the entire affair.
"This is taking it to an extreme that doesn't need to be met with a 6-year-old," Saunders told the local Canon City radio station KRDO. "Now my son's asking questions, 'What is sex, mommy?'"
Saunders said her son is capable of being rambunctious and that on another occasion he did kiss this particular little girl on the cheek. He was never, however, mean to her and she said her son simply has an innocent schoolboy crush on the girl.
But wait — there are two sides to this story.
Jade Masters-Ownbey, the mother of the little girl receiving the attention from Hunter and a teacher in the school system, claims he's kissed her repeatedly and is happy the school moved to protect her daughter "from sexual harassment." She said the boy would even sneak up on her daughter to kiss her.
There was an outpouring of public criticism to the sexual harassment charge and while the school district has dropped them, they stand by their efforts to stop the behavior.
"Our main interest in this is having the behavior stop because the story is not just about the student that was disciplined," Canon City School Superintendent Robin Gooldy said. "It is also about the student receiving the unwanted advances."
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