High Schooler Suspended for Sexual Harassment After Hugging Teacher

Denies allegations that he also kissed teacher

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A senior at Georgia’s Duluth High School has been suspended for a year after hugging one of his teachers.

A school hearing officer said 17-year-old Sam McNair violated Gwinnett County Public Schools’ rules on sexual harassment, CBS Atlanta reports.

Surveillance video shows McNair entering a room, coming up behind the teacher, wrapping his arms around her and tucking his head onto her shoulder. The teacher claimed McNair’s lips touched her, but McNair denies any such contact and the allegations of sexual harassment.

Something so innocent can be perceived as something totally opposite,” he told CBS Atlanta. 

The teacher also says she had warned McNair that hugs are inappropriate, but he disputes that and says he often hugs his teachers and hadn’t been disciplined for it in the past. McNair faces a yearlong suspension and will not graduate on time.

[CBS Atlanta]

17 comments
Tegerian
Tegerian

Looking at the photos it looks innocent enough, and even if it was the case it would be assault (unwanted harmful or offensive contact that causes apprehension of such contact in the victim) and not Sexual Harassment since in the legal sense harassment has certain specific criteria to meet that are based around the victim holding a position of authority over them.


"Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment,”


“Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individuals,”


“Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.”


The last could possibly be used, but honestly, the law was intended to focus on employers and supervisors harassing their employees, not a teenager that she has power over.

JanetteButler
JanetteButler

doesn't mention if this is a first time offense. if it was, I would like there might be another way to approach this. someone mentioned there is a pic of it and the teacher hugs back? without more details, it appears someone overreacted; surprise, surprise.

BillD
BillD

It wasn't so much the hug as it was him grinding his erection into her ass and 'accidentally' caressing her breasts as he put her arms around her.


Plus his vocalization of, "Mmmm. That's m' girl. That's the way you like it. Who's your Daddy?"

JayDan
JayDan

A hug is one thing, but when you wrap your body around someone, and then rub your lips on the back of their neck, that's creepy.

dkstanly69
dkstanly69

This should have been treated the same as any other sexual harassment in the workplace. She should have told the student and then the administrators. And here's a second thought, crazy as it may be,...anyone who has seen the picture can also see that she reciprocated the hug. As in, she totally hugged him back. So is she in trouble for that? Maybe her actions led him to believe she was ok with it? At any rate it seems the school itself should have intervened but did not and that maybe the school itself should be the one in trouble for not preventing future harassment by this student. At least thats the way the law is supposed to work in the 'real world' you know, where the school is supposed to be teaching the kid to live in....

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

overkill on the part of the school but the kid should realize that just because he likes hugging people doesn't mean he's allowed to violate someone's personal space without their permission for his own personal enjoyment

bluewords
bluewords

There are those among us who will not be happy until all spontaneous behavior and social affection and probably even eye contact and smiles are permanently outlawed and the death penalty is meted out to those who actually show emotion.  Stories like this make me sad to my core.  We seem to have lost our footing...

lauri8331lauri
lauri8331lauri

If we are looking for another reason for someone that MAY have a problem, at that young age,  to come into the school and do something terrible..this may be one of them.  If this has happened before, and the teacher has complained before, and she was uncomfortable with it before,  than something should've  be done before. .  Suspending a  child for a year, that really equates to expelling a senior in high school... for a hug...there is a serious problem with the teacher and the administration.  There are far better ways to handle it and at an earlier stage.  Teachers need to be protected...but so should the students. I don't think I could handle being a teacher right now, so God Bless them....but for the teacher to allow this kind of punishment to one of her students, that MAY have innocently hugged her..UnniN...you're right...that is not the kind of teacher I would want for my child.  The parents, the administration, the teacher and the student could've taken care of this a long time ago..for everyone's welfare and protection.

Now, the student will lose one year of his life or finish up at a private school, no one will like or hire the teacher again, the administration will look like a bunch of  maniacs and the parents will sue....for a hug...

UnniN
UnniN

These are not teachers who love the art of teaching. They are merely people doing just another job for the salary … schoolchildren and their welfare are not uppermost in their minds. Something is deeply flawed in this Society when a bunch of teachers and administrators can gang up against a pupil and take a year off his life for expressing his affection for his teacher.  No counselling, no discussion, nothing - just straight punishment for "criminal activity"? What a shame!

sac12389
sac12389

somehow i have a feeling this wasn't the student's first offense. also "coming up behind the teacher, wrapping his arms around her and tucking his head onto her shoulder." is more than a "hug". it is clearly inappropriate.

rhwinger
rhwinger

Please stop treating our kids like criminals

Dave0626
Dave0626

'Surveillance video shows McNair entering a room, coming up behind the teacher'....coming behind the teacher?? Hello, this is something a student should not be doing to his teacher. Now if the teacher and student agree to a simple hug, got no problem with that. As to a one year suspension? I think a serious discussion with this kid as to what is appropriate and what is not, would be better. I think he may have some problems.


executive4
executive4

This has gotten out of control. PLEASE LORD, COULD YOU COME NOW?

Hanah
Hanah

You mean there wasn't any other way of handling this situation with principals, parents than to ruin this young person's life ... because THIS will be on his record.  I'm a teacher and I think it absurd.

Laura2256
Laura2256

While I agree with you it seems that way. In this case it mentions she has warned him before that hugs are inappropriate. So he was put on notice she did not want that touching. So many stories and people willing to believe that female teachers may have inappropriate relations with their students you have to wonder she wasn't trying to protect herself from being accused. He hugs her, she allows it, someone sees and reports it. It could have gotten ugly for her. But bottom line he was told she didn't want to be hugged.

chuckdm
chuckdm

@lauri8331lauri  Agree with what you said here.


If this has happened before, why wasn't he transferred to another teacher before this escalated?  If it hasn't happened before, who in their right mind things this is a proportionate response to a first time, extremely minor infraction like this?


Does the school even realize what this will do to the kid?  Every job he applies for his entire life, he'll either have to lie, or show that he was in school 1 year longer than he should be, and employers are going to take one look at that and immediately assume he was held back for academic reasons and throw him out.  He'll never get a decent job the rest of his life.


The consequences of having an education-based hiring system in this country is that you have to be EXTREMELY careful as to every aspect of a person's education, because your responsibility to your students does NOT end on graduation day.  Combine that with a situation like this and the ramifications of a simple gesture can royally screw a good person for their entire lives.  If we aren't going to decouple education from hiring (which we really, REALLY should - world history and calculus are NOT relevant to 99% of all jobs) then school boards are going to have to do a better job on situations like this, period.

falonia
falonia

@executive4 Pray tell, what would the Lord do?  Make all us sinners disappear?