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Colorado 6-year-old suspended for kissing classmate

Hunter Yelton, 6, was suspended from Lincoln School

Hunter Yelton, 6, was suspended from Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City, Colo., for kissing his crush, which school officials say they are treating as a sexual harassment issue. (Dec. 10, 2013) (Credit: KRDO)

Young love? More like tough love.

A Colorado 6-year-old is making headlines for kissing a girl in his class after the school's principal suspended him for it, and reportedly said that it could be considered sexual harassment.

The first-grader, Hunter Yelton, told local Colorado TV station KRDO that he kissed his crush on the hand during a reading activity, which prompted the punishment.


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The boy's mother, Jennifer Saunders, said that her son had been in trouble before in school for rough-housing, but that she saw nothing wrong with his recent behavior and was shocked by the school's reaction.

As am I.

I remember my kindergarten crush. We chased after each other on the playground and he even kissed me on the cheek. No one ever said a word about such behavior then, and they shouldn't start now.

"For most 6-year-old boys, absolutely. That would be a normal behavior," child psychologist Sandy Wurtele told the same TV station. "This part of development is just as important if not more than their academic subjects."

What do you think? Should Yelton have been suspended? Tell us in the comments below.

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