You usually imagine young children to be suspended from school for fighting, or perhaps verbally bullying another student. Neither was the case for one North Carolina schoolboy, who was suspended for sexual harassment after calling his teacher “cute”.
Nine-year-old Emanyea Lockett suffered a two-day suspension from Brookside Elementary School in Gastonia, North Carolina, after he told his friend that he thought his teacher was cute. Speaking to the local WSOC news, Emanyea said: “I was talking to my friend and I said Miss Taylor was cute. That’s all I said.” Yet it wasn’t even Miss Taylor who reported the incident. Having overheard Emanyea’s remark, a substitute teacher informed the principal, who then issued Emanyea a two-day suspension. Chiquita Lockett – Emanyea’s mother – wasn’t impressed. “It’s not like he went up to the woman and tried to grab her in a sexual way,” she told WSOC news. “Why would he be suspended for two days?” According to the Daily Mail, one local broadcast noted the irony that Emanyea was accused of sexual harassment, yet has no idea what the term actually means. A school representative said details of the suspension were not available.