You know it’s getting bad when a child cannot pass out hugs without fear of never going to college. 17-year old Sam McNair, a high school student from Dulth, Georgia, was suspended from school for an entire year after it was determined that the he hugged a teacher.
The incident apparently violated the school’s sexual harassment policy. As a result, McNair will not graduate on time and will be stripped of his full-ride athletic scholarship to college.
According to the school, the surveillance video indicated that McNair walked up behind the teacher, wrapped his arms around her, and then placed his head behind her neck. The teacher claimed that McNair touched the back of her neck with his lips and cheek, but the student is denying the story completely.
“Something so innocent can be perceived as something totally opposite,” said McNair.
McNair’s mother claims what her child did was absolutely innocent. She said that school failed to notify her of the circumstances before implementing such harsh measures of suspending her son and stripping away his opportunity of obtaining a full athletic scholarship. She believes that the school should not have been so quick to act on the punishment.
“He’s a senior. He plays football and was getting ready for lacrosse and you’re stripping him of even getting a full scholarship for athletics for college,” said April McNair.
McNair stated that he hugs most of his teachers and thinks being disciplined so harshly for showing someone else affection is erroneous.
“You never know what someone’s going through,” said McNair. “A hug might help.”
The school refused to comment on the incident, but claims that several factors are taken into consideration before determining how to discipline a student.
h/t: Opposing Views