It’s been all over the news — a 6-year-old Colorado boy was suspended from school and a label of “sexual harassment” was placed in his permanent records. His crime? Kissing a little girl on the hand.
A recent update has said that he can go back to school and the label will be removed, but scores of people across the nation are outraged that it was handled in this manner in the first place.
The boy had kissed the girl on the hand, and had at an earlier date been reprimanded (and suspended) for roughhousing and kissing her on the cheek. According to school policy, this earned him a suspension and he was labeled with sexual harassment, which went down in his permanent file.
I totally agree the child needed to be disciplined. Physical attention that is unwanted should not be looked past, no matter how old the kids are. According to the boy’s mother, both children had a mutual crush on one another, but the girl’s mother said that the boy had been attempting to kiss her repeatedly and the girl was not on board, which of course, is not okay. In either case, if he was creating a disturbance in the classroom, he should be disciplined, and if she had said to stop, and he didn’t, he needs to be taught boundaries.
However, labeling him with sexual harassment is ridiculous, and I’m really glad that the label was removed from his school record. That being said, I don’t agree that “boys will be boys” and the whole thing is no big deal. I have been around plenty of six-year-old boys and I know that some really need to be taught about personal space and what they can and can’t do in a classroom setting. I hope that both the classroom teacher and the boy’s parents work on using this incident as a lesson.