December 17th, 2013
03:17 PM ET

Teen suspended for a year after hugging teacher

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.


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  1. banasy©

    Other reports said he walked up behind her, and kissed her neck....and has been warned about this before. Hmmm.

    December 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    They showed a film of this incident on GMA this morning. He did indeed kiss her on the neck. If this has been a recurring offense, the suspension is very much warranted.

    December 17, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew Toth

    Sad, what is America turning into?


    December 18, 2013 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |