School explains boy’s suspension in letter to mother
GASTON COUNTY, N.C. —
A Gaston County family is getting lots of attention after a mother said her 9-year-old son was suspended for calling a teacher cute.
The boy's mother, Chiquita Lockett, received a certified letter from the school, explaining why her son is accused of sexual harassment.
In the letter, school officials say Emanyea Lockett said a teacher was fine in a suggestive tone. He said he told a friend she was cute.
Letter details 9-year-old's suspension for sexually harassing teacher
The district says the comment is considered a form of sexual harassment.
Eyewitness News watched Chiquita Lockett go over the letter with her son on Monday. It says that he admitted to calling his teacher cute last Wednesday.
School officials said in addition to the comment about the teacher, Emanyea had been warned about calling students bad words. They said all of the comments are inappropriate and violate the student code of conduct.
His mother said she was never told about the other comments. Eyewitness News asked Emanyea specifically about them.
“I didn’t use bad language about other students,” he said.
“All you said is your teacher is cute?” Eyewitness News asked.
“Yes,” he replied.
“What's in that letter, what they accuse him about -- if that's true, I should have been notified about it,” Chiquita Lockett said. “And if so, then I would have seen where a suspension would have taken place.”
Eyewitness News went to a school board meeting Monday, hoping to ask leaders more about the allegations and the claim of sexual harassment.
A spokeswoman with Gaston County Schools declined to comment, but said the district is conducting an investigation.