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Published:April 13th, 2012 11:11 EST

Outrage: Middle School Student Suspended For Hugging His Teacher

By Robert Paul Reyes

"WECT-TV reports that Ryan Blackmon, an eighth grade student at Bladenboro Middle School, was suspended when he hugged his teacher after she broke up a potential fight between himself and another student.


`I said, `Thank you,` after she got done,` Blackmon told the station. `I went to hug her, then she just snatched me up by the arm and drug me to the other teacher and said that I needed to be written up, and that something serious had happened.`"


I commend the teacher for intervening, and preventing a potential fight between Ryan Blackmon and another student. The teacher, who wasn`t named in the CBS article, obviously cares about her young charges.

It`s against school policy for a student to hug a teacher, but the teacher reacted as if Ryan had tried to French kiss her. In fact, she grabbed him so violently that she left a bruise on his arm. The teacher should have simply had a talk with the young boy, and explained why his action was inappropriate. That`s what teachers do: They teach!

Ryan`s parents are so outraged that they have filed a police report against the teacher and the school. I can understand why Ryan`s parents are so angry, they don`t expect their child to be hurt at school, by a teacher of all people.

In a perfect world there wouldn`t be anything wrong with a middle school student hugging his teacher after she intervened and stopped a potential fight. But this isn`t a perfect world, and is this age of so many teachers molesting students, a teacher must avoid all appearance of impropriety.

Suspension is a harsh punishment for Ryan, the teacher is the one who should be suspended for hurting Ryan. The teacher bruised her student, all that Ryan was trying to do was show some appreciation.

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