Girl's mother praises boy's kissing suspension; Boy's sexual harassment infraction downgraded

CANON CITY, Colo. - The mother of a girl involved in the case of a 6-year-old Colorado boy who was suspended for giving a classmate unwanted kisses says the school did the right thing.

The girl's mother, Jade Masters-Ownbey, told the Canon City Daily Record on Wednesday that the school district did a "great job" protecting her daughter from repeated harassment from the boy.

First-grader Hunter Yelton was given a two-day suspension, with a sexual harassment infraction on his discipline record. The boy's mother said the discipline was appropriate but having the "sexual harassment" mark permanently on his school record was too harsh.

But Masters-Ownbey said the kissing was "not once, but over and over ... not with her permission but sneaking up on her." 

Officials at Lincoln School of Science & Technology insist that Hunter was repeatedly warned and that the punishment was warranted. They said he had kissed the girl before on the cheek and this time he had kissed her on the hand.

No criminal charges have been brought against the first-grader.

However, Hunter's parents and the principal met Wednesday morning and as a result of that meeting, the boy's disciplinary offense was downgraded from "sexual harassment" to "misconduct."

Hunter has since returned to school.