A 12-year-old boy in Worcester, Massachusetts got suspended from school for hugging a teacher.
The seventh-grader was initially suspended from Forest Grove Middle School for 10 days and given a record of physical assault of a teacher for giving his gym teacher a hug last month, WBTS reported.
Julie Orozco, the boy’s foster mother, said he was playing with his friends in gym class when his teacher told him to sit out. The boy went up to and hugged his teacher, asked not to be excluded from the game. After sitting out for 5 minutes, the teacher allowed him to play.
“Then I went over just, like, and I gave her a hug and said, ‘Please, I don’t want to sit out,’ because I like the game. At the end of the day, I just hugged her, nothing really happened,” the boy said.
Orozco said there is nothing in the school handbook about hugs, and she thinks teachers should educate students on the boundaries in their classroom.
“I don’t expect the teacher to have to be OK with being touched or being hugged, but I do expect as an educator that she educate what the boundaries are in her classroom,” said Orozco.
The boy’s punishment reduced to a four-day suspension after several meetings.
The school district’s safety director said the district has no comment on the matter, according to WBTS.