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?

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11 Responses to Really?

  1. DandyTiger says:

    This is so fucked up beyond belief.

  2. crawdad says:

    I had a crush on my Kindergarten teacher. She was young and pretty.

    After that they were all old and ugly.

    Teaching does that to them.

  3. HELENK says:

    My son would have been suspended most of his school life ,it that is what takes. He never missed a blond from the time he was walking.

    You know the education system has really gotten screwed up. We tell them that it is alright if they can not read or write or count, just be politically correct and you will be fine

  4. elliesmom says:

    While I totally agree that we have gone completely overboard with this stuff, there has got to be more to this story. One of my teaching colleagues looked and dressed like a high school student, and the guys tried to hit on her all of time. None of them ever got suspended. My guess is he called her a “TILF” or something equivalent. If nothing else, “a substitute teacher” doesn’t have very much clout in most schools.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    The parents should counter-sue for invasion of privacy as the comment was overheard, not told directly to the teacher.

    I’m betting there’s more to this story too.

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    for sure there’s more to this story 🙄

  7. yttik says:

    This is the result of too much government interference in our schools. We now have one size fits all policies and zero tolerance rules that don’t allow for any common sense. Rules that are dictated from the top down trickle down into complete nonsense.

    As usual, what is missing from these sexual harassment allegations is the power imbalance. That child does not have the power to hire and fire, to promote the teacher, to intimidate her. Sexual harassment requires an uneven power balance and somebody attempting to exploit it.

    • votermom says:

      Several years ago, there was a lot of local news about a kindergartener who was suspended from a neighboring school district because he had brought a pair of nailclippers to school. Apparently that violated the zero-tolerance rule for dangerous items. 🙄

      One of the many reasons I am so happy my kids are going to a great charter school run by sensible teachers and parents.

  8. soupcity says:

    If this is all that kid did, it’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard in a while. I’m pretty lucky, my kids have great teachers. Especially my youngest, who is high functioning autistic. A great group of dedicated teachers aides and therapists and all through our public school system. He’s come a long way.

    Read this today, teacher of the year candidate… 🙄

  9. Lola-at-Large says:

    School officials apologize for suspending boy:

    The principal of a Gaston County school where a 9-year-old boy was suspended for sexual harassment has submitted his resignation.

    School officials on Tuesday offered an apology to the boy and his mother after the boy was accused of calling a teacher “cute.” A statement from the system said it was determined that the fourth grader at Brookside Elementary School didn’t engage in sexual harassment.

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