Mum Jessica Blyth is wondering what the world has come to after her daughter Amelia was punished at kindy for kissing a little boy.
"I think it's absolutely ridiculous. It's taking the fun and the harmlessness and the innocence out of children. It's not right," Jessica said.
The first she'd heard about the kissing indiscretion was when she collected Amelia from school and was approached by the teacher.More stories from Today Tonight
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"I asked her what happened and the teacher explained to me that Amelia smacked another child and went on the time out mat. And I said 'well that's fine, that's a fair punishment. It's good', and then the teacher informed me that Amelia was kissing another child on the mat, and went on the time out mat for that as well," Jessica said.
"I looked at her and I said 'really, that's a bit excessive don't you think? A talking you would have been sufficient'."
However school principal Karen Jones says Amelia wasn't being punished, but her behaviour was deemed inappropriate and against school guidelines.
"She was repeatedly kissing a child next to her and he didn't want the attention. He didn't know how to stop it. The teacher intervened and the outcome was the child who was doing the kissing was asked to spend a short amount of time on the time out mat," Jones explained.
So does the school allow students to kiss one another?
"It's not encouraged and it's not appropriate," Jones said.
However mum Jessica says that "as far as affection and kissing and hugging, there was nothing in our handbook to say it was out of life or punishable."
She has now kissed goodbye to the school, pulling her daughter out of class and enrolling her in a new school for next year.
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