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High School Student Suspended For Hugging Teacher, Loses Scholarship, Won’t Graduate On Time

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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)

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14 Comments on "High School Student Suspended For Hugging Teacher, Loses Scholarship, Won’t Graduate On Time"

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  1. Topi says:

    That is so stupid. Being politicaly correct is truly getting out of hand.

  2. Allison Shaw says:

    No its NOT fair. What have we become when we punish people for expressing gratitude? That so-called teacher should retire if she cannot abide being hugged by one of her students. Mine hug me all the time and it makes my day.

  3. Alijawaad says:

    Spending some time on religious education may have prevented this. Not touching women that are not your daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, wife, aunt.

    • fflemingjr says:

      That is the stupidest thing that I have read. And I am religious

    • Nina says:

      That’s the problem now. The world we live in today ppl touch their own kin & and it’s not just a hug. Soooo no spending more time on religious education would not have prevented it. Think before you decide to voice an opinion that is ridiculous

      • Alijawaad says:

        with all due respect, if religion is teaching your family to touch each other in twisted ways then that is not what i meant by religious education. please read. And if you were religious then you would know what i meant.. but i will rephrase it for you. a husband can copulate with his wife and with nobody else. physical contact between parents and children is recommended so learn to hug your children. and grandparents, siblings, or uncles / aunties by blood i.e father’s brother or sister, mother’s brother or sister can have contact with eachother. school teacher is not your mother. religious education.

  4. Jacob says:

    I don’t know…the video does look a little weird. It does look like he turns his face in toward her neck just before she pushes him away. AND he walks away, having clearly offended the faculty member as we can see by her arms raising to push him away, and he doesn’t so much as GLANCE at her before walking away. I’m not saying he’s guilty for sure, but the video does look as though he knows he’s done something wrong and is trying not to acknowledge it.

  5. pazsion says:

    The law states that any teacher student contact is prohibited…this is federal law.

    If a teacher participates in the act, they are fired. No punishment is given for the student even if school policy says so. The teacher is to instruct the student not to make contact with teachers. Or in this school anyone. And assumes responsibility as an adult in this case. As the student is a minor under ga law. Violation of trust, misuse of authority. And even discrimination. A case should be filed aginst the school and the teacher individually.

  6. Peni says:

    Hugging someone against their will is never okay. And creepy. If he was warned before hand, very creepy.

  7. Tara says:

    What is this???This is absolutely ridiculous!!!! To cause this young man to lose his scholarship over a HUG…Really????

  8. fflemingjr says:

    Some people are so ignorant. You have murderers that get less time than drug dealers. Students that curse at teachers and get in school suspension. If there was a problem then you first notify the parent when it is first addressed. You need to put prayer back in the schools.

  9. katherine swain says:

    Racism alive and well when this world is falling apart. A child can’t hug someone????
    U have to be totally ignorant and or stupid

    • school employee says:

      I have to say having worked in a school setting for the past 12+ years this is rediculous. A hug..students do various things such as hitting, stealing, being severely insubordinate, fighting..I can go on and on and never suffer this type of discipline. If their is no warning about past behavior he should not suffer such a severe punishment. This is his livelihood. He should be able to accept his scholarship.

  10. SILVIA says:

    NO….THIS IS WRONG ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE BOARD….WTW….I CAN’T BLEVE A GROWN WOMAN WOULD RUIN A CHILDS FUTURE, KNOW HOW HARD A AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE HAS IT ALREADY, THAT SHE WOULD DO THIS…..I AM SHOCKED AND THAT ADULT NEEDS JESUS….SHE REALLY NEEDS TO PRAY AND GET HER ACT TOGETHER!!!!!…..YOUNG MAN, U STAY FOCUSED AND STAY ON YOUR KNEES, GOD HAS U!!!

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