1st Grader Suspended For A Kiss
When little boys kiss little girls in elementary school, the usual response is “ewww”. But one 1st grade Canon City, Colorado school boy has been given a 2-day suspension from Lincoln School of Science & Technology because of behavior that was originally labeled as sexual harassment.
After meeting with the principal, the parents of the 6-year old boy were able to get the label of sexual harassment changed on his school record to misconduct. While the boy’s parents still feel the punishment is too harsh, the school district is standing by their decision to suspend the student for two days. The mother of the boy says that he simply kissed the little girl one time in November on the cheek, and another time in December on the hand.
The boy was originally punished with an in-school suspension for the first offense, but was recently given a two day suspension for the second offense of sexual harassment, before it was changed to a misconduct on his school record.
Jade Masters-Ownbey, the mother of the little girl, is confident that the school district has done a great job from protecting her daughter against “sexual harassment”. She talked about it on her Facebook page saying
Not once but over and over…not with her permission but sneaking up on her…not without warning and consequences prior to suspension. There were originally two boys, but after getting into trouble one boy stopped but the other apparently didn’t get it. I had to put restrictions on her about who she was allowed to be with at school. Her big brother even felt he had to protect her at school.
Superintendent Dr. Robin Gooldy commented that the district’s sexual harassment policy says, “unwelcome touching, such as patting, pinching or repeated brushing against another’s body” fits the little boy’s behaviors. Principal Tammy DeWolfe has said that anytime something such as this is reported, the school does look into it and will work with the family to get the inappropriate behaviors to stop. Criminal charges will not be filed on the boy and the police will not be involved. However, the discipline issues will stay on the boy’s school record as long as he is in the Canon City School District.
Source: Daily Record and Associated Press