A high school student in Georgia was going to receive a full athletic scholarship for college. But now he will not even graduate on time since he was suspended last week. What did he do? Last month, 17-year-old Sam McNair of Duluth High School hugged his teacher.
McNair was found guilty of violating the school’s sexual harassment rules. The hug was captured on video by a surveillance camera. The teacher reported him, claiming that his lips and cheek “touched” the back of her neck. McNair, however, flatly denies that anything other than a normal hug was given, saying that “Something so innocent can be perceived as something totally opposite.”
The video makes it clear that the teacher did not appreciate the hug, as she appears to push the student away. Local KCTV reported, that the teacher claims she warned him that hugs were inappropriate but McNail says that was not true, and he had never hugged her before. If he had a problem with hugging people against their will, his mother says, why wasn’t she notified? “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,” April McNair explained.
“I have five months left in my senior year. I don’t see why they would take that away from me,” the 17-year-old McNair added.
A spokesperson for Gwinnett County Public Schools, Sloan Roach, declined comment. Watch the video below and let us know if you think this was a fair decision or not?
(Article by James Achisa; image via KCTV)