Why yes, that is sexual harassment

The “zero tolerance” policy has merit.

You drink and drive, you go to jail. Commit a crime, same thing. Bring a gun to school — suspension at best.

Yet, like any good idea, things can be taken to extreme. Case in point is Mr. Hunter Yelton. He is charged with sexual harassment. His crime? Kissing a member of the opposite sex on the hand. And the female in question had no problem with said kiss. Doesn’t matter. Mr. Yelton will forever be known as a sexual predator.

A little extreme, we would say, but there’s that whole “zero tolerance” policy.

Did we happen to mention Mr. Yelton is a 6-year-old first-grader at a school in Colorado, where the incident took place?

"It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That's what happened," Hunter told television station KRDO.

Hunter was suspended for two days. Turns out, he’s quite the gigolo and has gotten in trouble for rough-housing — also known as being a 6-year-old. And apparently he kissed the same girl on the cheek awhile back.

He really, really likes her. School officials were quoted as saying Hunter’s actions fall under the description of sexual harassment and that they hope the suspension will change his behavior.

We did mention Hunter is 6, didn’t we?

Hunter’s mom also spoke with the television station.

"She was fine with it. They are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend.’ The other children saw it and went to the music teacher," said Hunter's mom, Jennifer Saunders. "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 6-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 6-year-old."

We’d have to agree with the mom on this one. Zero tolerance has its place. But we favor allowing officials, whether in law enforcement or education, some leeway and discretion. We have all heard stories of some student who accidentally forgot and took a small pocket knife to school.

Have rules and follow them. But let’s not go overboard.



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