Bladenboro Middle School Student Suspended For Hugging Teacher

7:31 AM, Apr 13, 2012   |    comments
Bladenboro Middle School. Courtesy WECT.
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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Spring break isn't the only reason why a Bladen County student is away from school for a few days.

A Bladenboro Middle School student has been suspended for hugging a teacher.

Eighth grader Ryan Blackmon said his spring break started early after a teacher stepped in to break up what he calls typical middle school horseplay between him and another student.

"I said thank you after she got done," said Blackmon. "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." 

Blackmon said the teacher assigned to lunch duty wrote in a statement that he "hugged her with a tight grip."

According to documents, the act is in violation of a level two school board policies.

David Blackmon, Ryan's father, says it is upsetting that a hug is something that will get you suspended.

He said the suspension is causing his son to fall behind in school as well. 

The school has not commented on this issue because of spring break.

Other students say hugging a teacher is not something out of the ordinary at Bladenboro Middle School, but they also said that they have not been written up for doing it.

Blackmon said after he hugged the teacher she grabbed him by the arm and pulled him to an office.

"I don't understand how she could feel threatened if I was showing my gratitude, but she could have told me politely to tell me to move away," said Ryan.

He said her grip was tight enough that it left a mark, and that's why the Blackmons have filed a police report against the school and teacher.

No criminal charges have been filed against Ryan Blackmon.

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