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The mother of the little girl kissed by a six-year-old classmate, who received a report of sexual harassment in his file, is now speaking out about her daughter's feelings on the situation. She applauded the school for taking action against the young boy and fully supports the report of sexual harassment being put in his record.
Hunter Yelton, 6, was suspended and given a report of sexual harassment after reportedly kissing the girl on the hand. His mother was not pleased with the situation and spoke out, calling for the school to rescind the report of sexual harassment, stating that there was no way Hunter could have known what he was doing was wrong.
Jade Masters-Ownbey, the mother of the girl at the center of the incident, spoke out on Facebook about her daughter's side of the story and explained that this had not happened once or twice but "over and over… not with her permission but sneaking up on her… not without warning and consequences prior to suspension," she told the Daily Record.
She added that Hunter and another boy had "kept her (daughter) 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. I had to put restrictions on her about who she was allowed to be around at school. I've had to coach her about what to do when you don't want someone touching you, but they won't stop."
Hunter admitted that he did something wrong, and his mother, Jennifer Saunders, admitted that they had had problems with Hunter's actions before. He was placed on in-school suspension once and then given a two-day suspension for this most recent incident.
"Our job as a school is to basically maintain a safe learning environment for all children in the school, and that's certainly what we're trying to do here," Principal Tammy DeWolfe said. "Our goal is to ultimately get that inappropriate behavior to stop."
There will be no charges filed against Hunter or his family, and the sexual harassment report will only remain on his record as long as he is in the Canon City School District. After that, it will disappear.