Jennifer Saunders said her son, Hunter Yelton, a first grader in Canon City, was suspended from school for the entire day Monday because of an incident that took place in class last week, KRDO-TV, Colorado Springs, reported Tuesday.
"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 Yelton said.
Saunders said her son and the girl he kissed have a mutual affection for each other.
"She was fine with it, they are 'boyfriend and girlfriend'. The other children saw it and went to the music teacher. 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," Saunder said.
Officials with School District RE-1 said the boy's actions fit the district's definition of sexual harassment. They said school records remain within the district.
Yelton, who was previously suspended for rough housing and kissing the same girl on the cheek, was scheduled to return to school Tuesday morning.