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Student hugs teacher: One year suspension for intimate hug? Lips on neck, cheek

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A student hugs a teacher and gets a one year suspension? That seems to be one surprising case this week, as a high school senior has allegedly been suspended for a full year from school for an intimate hug with his teacher, delaying his graduation date. The Daily Caller provides what’s known on this problematic embrace that included the student’s lips on his teacher’s cheek and neck this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

The student in question, Sam McNair, is said to have hugged his teacher in an intimate, “inappropriate” way that led to the Atlanta senior’s suspension earlier this Nov. The 17-year-old male apparently went into a closed-off room, tucked his arms around one of his teachers, and gave her what is described as a “very tight bear hug” where he placed his head into the crook of her neck.

It appears that the teacher decided to write her student for sexual misconduct for the intimate hug, citing that the high school senior purposely “kissed” (or let his lips brush for an uncomfortable amount of time) on her cheek and then her neck.

In fact, a surveillance video was able to catch the student hugging the teacher on a security camera. For his part, however, Sam McNair said that he had no real intention of ever kissing his teacher, and only showed his affection towards her. He adds that he did not go into the room with sexual intent, and has hugged other teachers that way in the past without consequence.

“Something so innocent can be perceived as something totally opposite,” he said on his suspension.

Adds the statement on the 17-year-old's punishment:

“A hearing officer at Duluth High School disagreed, finding McNair in violation of the sexual harassment policy adopted by the Gwinnett County Public Schools. McNair’s mother, April McNair, told a local news station that the result is outrageous and will likely put her son’s plans for college at risk.”

“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,” she told the station.

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