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School drops sexual harassment claim against 6-year-old for kissing girl

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CANON CITY, CO -

Amid a tidal wave of negative publicity, a Colorado school system has let a 6-year-old boy return to school and said it won't classify his kissing a girl on the hand as sexual harassment.

The story of first-grader Hunter Yelton made national news and spurred outrage this week after word spread that his school near Colorado Springs suspended him for the kiss and accused him of sexually harassing the girl.

On Wednesday night, KRDO reported that Canon City Schools Superintendent Robin Gooldy met with Hunter's parents.

The superintendent then changed Hunter's disciplinary offense from "sexual harassment" to "misconduct."

The boy has also returned to school at the Lincoln School of Science & Technology.

Hunter had been suspended for kissing a girl on the cheek while they were in music class.

School officials in Canon City were accusing the boy of sexual harassment and they wanted it on his school record.

The boy's mother tells KRDO-TV her son was suspended once before for kissing the girl and had disciplinary problems, but the girl did not object to being kissed.

It may sound innocent enough... but at age 6, Hunter was looking at having  'sexual harassment' on his school record.

"It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group. And I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That's what happened," said the boy, Hunter Yelton.

Hunter was stuck at home on Monday instead of at school.

"They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry," he said.

Hunter's mother, Jennifer, said the kiss happened with mutual consent and the school took things too far.

"She (the girl) was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend'. The other children saw it and went to the music teacher," Jennifer Saunders said.

"That was the day I had the meeting with the principal, where she first said 'sexual harassment'. This is taking it to an extreme that doesn't need to be met with a six year old. Now my son is asking questions… what is sex mommy? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a six year old"

Both hunter and his mom, Jennifer, admit he's had some trouble at school in the past. Hunter has been suspended for rough-housing, and for kissing the same girl on the cheek.

"We've been working with him with the classroom disruption. He was grounded for awhile. Big restrictions," said Saunders.

A TV reporter asked Hunter, "Are you trying to be good at school?"
Hunter replies, "Yes…I have a lot of energy. I mean six year olds. They have a lot of energy."

A School District RE-1 official said before they changed their mind that the repeat offenses meet the school policy definition of sexual harassment and they hope the tough standards will force the boy to change his behavior.

"How can you do this? How can you say this about my child? Remove sexual harassment, remove it from his record," his mother said. "I need to stand up and fight for him, because that's not the case, that's not what happened at all."

-- CNN Pathfire contributed to this report.

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