cradle-to-grave prison system for africans: black boy, 9, suspended for calling teacher cute

A 9-year-old boy North Carolina boy was suspended for calling a teacher “cute,” reports.

The boy’s mother, Chiquita Lockett, said the principal of Brookside  Elementary in Gastonia called her after the incident to say the comment was a  form of “sexual harassment.”

“It’s not like he went up to the woman and tried to grab her or touch her in  a sexual way,” Lockett said. “So why would he be suspended for two days?”

According to the station, a district spokeswoman said she could not go into  detail, but said the boy was suspended for “inappropriate behavior” after making  “inappropriate statements.”

The district’s Code of Conduct doesn’t list “inappropriate behavior,” but  says “disruption of school” is punishable by five days of out-of-school  suspension.

The news of the North Carolina boy’s suspension comes as a Massachusetts  elementary school is investigating a first-grader for sexual harassment after  the boy struck another boy his age in the groin.

The mother of the accused 7-year-old tells the Boston Globe that her son was  fending off another child, who had choked him in an altercation on the school  bus on Nov. 22.

“I think my kid was right to fight back,’’ said the mother, Tasha Lynch, 30. “He wasn’t doing anything except protecting himself.’’

Lynch says her son has been afraid to return to Tynan Elementary School in  South Boston since the fight, according to the paper.

Matthew Wilder, spokesman for the Boston public schools, declined to comment  on the incident or why it has been classified as a possible case of sexual  harassment. He said officials do not discuss confidential student  information.

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