Our nation is in the midst of a public school make-over. We need leaders. So, why not improve our education with a better curriculum; with a national curriculum requiring students to read, and write and be creative and think critically and be able to come up with solutions to our all-absorbing structural crisis from as early an age as possible?
The school officials of Cannon City, Colorado, profess have found the way to do just that.
On December 9, 2013, first grader, Hunter Yelton, 6 years old, was suspended from school for kissing another first grader. He is a boy and she is a girl. The two children like each other. He first kissed her on the cheek. She encouraged it. Then he kissed her on her hand.
It happened during music class. The music stopped. Some other children and their teacher found the display of affection offensive and had the school officials call it “sexual harassment.” On Hunter’s school record.
TPV has no way of knowing whether the cold weather of Colorado has something do to with this officiousness. Or perhaps the fact that lonely kids are more prone to start mass shooting, and that type of behavior Colorado has learned to accept after the Columbine High School massacre.
When TPV attempted to raise this issue with the school superintendent, we were told that the kiss was a repeat offense, and the district stands by the school policy definition of sexual harassment:
“There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s Colorado,” the superintendent quickly corrected herself— “that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” She then stopped, thought for a moment and continued. “In Colorado we have replaced ‘fool’ with ‘kiss,’ so the sexual harassment policy for lower school students is: Kiss you once, shame on you. Kiss you again sexual harassment on me.
TPV’s national reporter blinked, and replied:
For more on Hunter’s saga go to http://tinyurl.com/lyhxh7l . For the Colorado school policy, see below:
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