DULUTH, Ga. – A high school senior in Georgia has been suspended for a year and will not graduate on time because he hugged a teacher.
Sam McNair says what was meant to brighten a teacher’s day is now putting his college plans in jeopardy.
McNair and his mother, April, describe themselves as being huggers.
When McNair hugged a teacher last month, he could have never imagined it would result in a year-long suspension for sexual harassment.
Surveillance video shows McNair placing his arms around the teacher to hug her then she turns and pushes him away.
McNair’s lips and cheeks touched her neck and he says he never kissed his teacher.
“I have 5 months left in my senior year. I don’t see why they’d take that away from me,” McNair said.
McNair’s mother says the school should have notified her if there was an issue with his hugging before suspending him and derailing his college plans.