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Hug earns Georgia high school student a year of suspension, delayed graduation

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Sometimes, you just need a hug. Other times, not so much as a Duluth High School senior recently learned, according to CBS Atlanta.

Surveillance camera footage captured Sam McNair as he wrapped his arms around one of his teachers and placed his head against her neck.

Innocent, right? Not from the teacher’s perspective. She says Sam touched his cheeks and lips on the back of her neck and cheek, and had previously warned him about giving teachers hugs. She filed a sexual harassment report and a hearing officer agreed that Sam had violated the school district’s sexual harassment policy.

Sam’s mom, April, says she was shocked about the suspension, saying her son’s hug was innocent.

“He’s a senior. He plays football and was getting ready for lacrosse and you’re stripping him of even getting a full scholarship for athletics for college.”

The district did not comment on Sam’s case.

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