A 17-year-old High School Senior Suspended for Hugging Teacher

A 17-year-old high school senior in Duluth, Georgia, has been suspended for hugging teacher.

The accused boy by name is Sam McNair, he said it was an innocent hug. MaNair told CNN in Atlanta that you never know what some one is going through of which a hug might help the setuation.

Now McNair is suspended, he ended up with a year-long suspension from Duluth High School, putting his college plans in jeopardy.

Sam McNair’s mother also told CNN affilate WGCL that He’s son is a senior, he plays football. He was getting reading lacrossse season, and they are stripping him of the opportunity to even get a full scholarship for athletics for college.

The elder McNair, who says she and her son call themselves huggers, said she was dumbfounded to learn of her son’s suspension after hugging a teacher.

According to a discipline report obtained by WGCL, the teacher said Sam’s lips and cheeks touched her neck and that she had warned Sam about hugging in the past.

A 17-year-old High School Senior Suspended for Hugging Teacher

Asked if he kissed the teacher, Sam told the television reporter he did not. He said he has hugged teachers many times before, including this teacher, and has never been warned.

In a statement, Sloan Roach, a spokesperson for the Gwinnett County Public Schools, told CNN, “Hearing officers consider witness testimony, a review of the known facts, and a student’s past disciplinary history — including long-term suspensions that result in alternative school placement — when determining consequences.”

“If a parent has concerns about the outcome of a panel, he or she is entitled to appeal the decision to the Gwinnett County Board of Education,” Roach added.

A 17-year-old High School Senior Suspended for Hugging Teacher

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