School administrators in Canon City reduced Hunter Yelton’s punishment from sexual harassment to misconduct — hours after the mother of his supposed 'girlfriend' said he had bothered her daughter multiple times.
School administrators who suspended a 6-year-old boy for kissing a fellow student have reduced his offense from sexual harassment to misconduct.
Officials caved to criticism they had overreacted Wednesday — hours after the mother of the girl who was kissed spoke out, saying Hunter Yelton’s two-day suspension from Lincoln School of Science & Technology in Canon City, Colo. was appropriate.
“Not once but over and over ... not with her permission but sneaking up on her ... not without warning and consequences prior to suspension,” wrote Jade Masters-Ownbey on Facebook, who was identified as the girl’s mother by the Canon City Daily Record.
“(Why) do the other kids rush to tell? Because they've seen it over and over, they've seen him repeatedly get in trouble for it, they've seen the girl repeatedly tell him to stop, they know its wrong. I seriously hope people r not going to start bashing the school that is (doing) a great job protecting my child from what IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT!”
The controversy began earlier this week when Hunter’s mother cried foul over his suspension.
She said that Hunter had merely kissed a girl he innocently considered his “girlfriend.”
"It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her,” Hunter told KRDO.
In the most recent incident he kissed the girl on the hand — last month he was reprimanded for kissing her on the cheek, the network clarified.
Even Hunter himself conceded he had been punished for his amorous ways and suspended for roughhousing.
But Masters-Ownbey said that Hunter and his mother weren’t telling the whole story.
“There were 2 (boys) originally and they kept her from playing with other kids and fought with each other. After they got in trouble, one boy stopped but the other boy apparently didn't get it,” she wrote.
“I had to put restrictions on her about which she was allowed to be around at school. I've had to coach her about what to do when u dont want someone touching u but they won't stop. Her big brother has even felt like he needed to protect her at school.”
Nevertheless, the school agreed to recategorize Hunter’s punishment after the episode became international news.
"The parents of the student and the principal met this morning,” the school said in a statement given to KRDO. “One of the outcomes of the conference was to change the category of the disciplinary offense from ‘sexual harassment’ to ‘misconduct.’ The student has returned to school.”
Hunter told the news station he’s happy to be back at school, is trying to keep his hands to himself and is enjoying his new celebrity status.
“I have a lot of friends now! I used to have like one friend, now I have like five of them,” Hunter said.