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A nine-year-old boy has been suspended for calling his teacher cute.
Emanyea Lockett was overheard by a substitute teacher telling another student he found one of their teachers cute. The school also states that he used the word “fine” in a suggestive manner. Lockett was then suspended from Brookside Elementary in Gastonia, North Carolina, for two days. The school said the incident was a form of sexual harassment.
A district spokewoman said that Lockett was suspended for inapporproiate behavior after making an inapporpriate statement. The district’s Code of Conduct does not list that inappropriate behavior is means for out-of-school suspension.
Since the incident, Principal Jerry Bostic has retired because the Gaston County School District told him he could either quit or be fired for the incident. Bostic had worked for 44 years in Gaston County Schools, with 35 years as an administrator. He had been at Brookside Elementary for over 15 years.