Monday, December 11, 2006

Boy, 4, suspended for what administrators say he did while hugging aide

Since I have a 4 year old, I found this story quite interesting.
What do you think?

A letter from La Vega school district administrators to the student's parents said that the boy was involved in "inappropriate physical behavior interpreted as sexual contact and/or sexual harassment" after he hugged the woman and he "rubbed his face in the chest of (the) female employee" on Nov. 10.

DaMarcus Blackwell, the father of the boy who attends La Vega Primary School, said he filed a complaint with the district. He said that his son doesn't understand why he was punished.

"When I got that letter, my world flipped," Blackwell said in a story in Sunday's editions of the Waco Tribune-Herald.

La Vega school district officials said student privacy laws prevented them from commenting.

After Blackwell filed a complaint, a subsequent letter from the district said the offense had been changed to "inappropriate physical contact" and removed references of sexual contact or sexual harassment from the boy's file.

Administrators said the district's student handbook contains no specific guidelines referring to contact between teachers and students but does state that inappropriate physical contact will result in a discipline referral.

The La Vega school district, which has five schools, covers about 30 miles around Waco.

(This story came from the Associated Press)

4 comments, add yours here:

Skittles said...

I understand the need for rules, but this seems a bit outrageous to me. Especially with a 4 year old!

Crunchy Carpets said...

If she doesn't 'get' a four year old..she should NOT be teaching them.

sheesh.

Poor kid!

Lord, Adam mooshes my 'nip nips' and just because, according to him, they are very cuddling and squishy!

Thanks son.

maggie said...

OMG. They are punishing a 4 year old for that. I agree poor kid. Schools and teachers, no wait, the whole world has gone cockeyed.

Tisha said...

I think that you're right Maggie!
Seems like we jump the gun way too much with children. I can understand that some kids have done awful things, but for the most part children, ESPECIALLY 4 year olds do not know about "sexual harassment".
The sad part is that this will stay in his records. : (