Via Hot Air:
A Gastonia mother says her son was suspended for calling a teacher “cute.”
Chiquita Lockett said her 9-year-old son, Emanyea, spent the last two days at home.
Lockett said the principal of Brookside Elementary called her Wednesday to say the incident was a form of “sexual harassment.”
Emanyea told Eyewitness News a substitute teacher overheard him tell another student a teacher was cute.
Then he was suspended.
So this little kid was crushing on a teacher. Seems pretty normal. What did he do about it? He told his friend. For that he got suspended.
Unless there are some pieces missing here, I don’t get it. Since when is telling your friend you think a third person is cute sexual harassment? I could understand if he said something really inappropriate like “Ms Jones is cute cuz she has big t*ts” but that’s not what the story says.
What exactly was the allegedly wrongful thing here? Thinking a teacher was cute? Or expressing that opinion?
Would they have suspended him for saying the same thing about a girl student his own age? If so, they better outlaw junior high.
So now this kid is in trouble for having feelings and expressing them honestly. Is that the lesson we want to teach kids? Is this kid going to grow up thinking there is something wrong with him?