9-year-old suspended for calling teacher ‘cute’

By David Edwards
Monday, December 5, 2011 15:13 EDT
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Emanyea Lockett suspended for calling teacher 'cute'
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A North Carolina fourth grader says he didn’t even know what sexual harassment meant until he was suspended for telling another student that his teacher was “cute.”

Chiquita Lockett told WSOC that the principal of Brookside Elementary in Gastonia called to explain that her son, Emanyea, had been suspended for “sexual harassment.”

“I was talking to my friend and I said Mrs. Terry was cute,” the boy recalled. “And that’s all I said.”

Chiquita Lockett said the principal did not dispute Emanyea’s version of events.

A spokeswoman for the district told WSOC’s Alan Cavanna that the 9-year-old was suspended for “inappropriate behavior” because he made “inappropriate statements,” but she refused to give further details.

Gaston County School’s Student Code of Conduct (PDF) says that “disruption of school” is punishable by up to five days of out-of-school suspension. The code of conduct does not specifically mention “inappropriate behavior.”

Watch this video from WSOC, broadcast Dec. 2, 2011.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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