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By, Kelly Wallace (CNN)

To Sam McNair, a 17-year-old high school senior in Duluth, Georgia, it was an innocent hug.

“You never know what someone’s going through,” McNair told CNN affiliate WGCL in Atlanta. “A hug might help.”

It didn’t in this case because after McNair hugged a teacher, he ended up with a year-long suspension from Duluth High School, putting his college plans in jeopardy.

“He’s a senior; he plays football. He was getting ready for lacrosse season, and you are stripping him of the opportunity to even get a full scholarship for athletics for college,” April McNair, Sam’s mother, told WGCL.

The elder McNair, who says she and her son call themselves huggers, said she was dumbfounded to learn of her son’s suspension after hugging a teacher.

Surveillance video captures the hug in question, showing Sam placing his arms around the teacher and giving her a hug. The teacher then pushes him away.

According to a discipline report obtained by WGCL, the teacher said Sam’s lips and cheeks touched her neck and that she had warned Sam about hugging in the past.

Asked if he kissed the teacher, Sam told the television reporter he did not. He said he has hugged teachers many times before, including this teacher, and has never been warned.

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3 comments

  • Amy

    When can we start expelling teachers and school board members?? With today’s rules I would’ve been expelled in first grade and locked up for having a hunting rifle in my trunk on school property.

    • veb

      I do not have this problem in my daughter's school. In fact when my grandmother died last year, the teacher and some of the students gave my daughter hugs. I thought it was wonderful and was very thankful for their support for her. But that is the difference between public have to be politically correct all the time schools and private where good sense is used over strict, unrealistic rules.

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