UPDATE: Gaston County School Reverses Suspension Of 9 Year-Old Student

The school board in Gaston County is apologizing for suspending a fourth grade student for sexual harassment.

Nine-year-old Emanyea Lockett was suspended for two days last week after he said his teacher was cute. The school system called it sexual harassment, but on Tuesday reversed its ruling after the district determined there was no sexual harassment. The principal has also resigned.

A letter of apology is being sent to the student and his parents. Chiquita Lockett, Emanyea's mother, says, "This is something that everyone needs to see, just to see what's happening within our school systems." She also says she is encouraged by the district's response.

Officials say the suspension will not count against Emanyea, and he will be given help to make up the work he missed.

Previous story:
Administrators at a Gaston County elementary school say they suspended a 9-year-old boy because he sexually harassed a teacher.

WSOC-TV reported that a letter shared by the boy's mother says he has a history of using inappropriate language about other students. The woman says it's the first time she'd heard that about her son.

The boy said he called a teacher "cute," but the school says he used the word "fine." Brookside Elementary School says the child's comment amounts to sexual harassment.

The school's letter said the boy had been warned for using racial slurs and other derogatory words to describe other students.

A school district spokeswoman would not comment, but says the district is investigating.


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  • by carol Location: greenville on Jan 8, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    i can not believe that a school would suspend a child, age 9 of this!!! he is just a kid!! he did nothing wrong!! sometimes the school system takes things so over board!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    As we continue to try and improve, or raise the educational standards in this country, politicians seem to work against on all levels. Schools hands are tied because of the fact that their performance is linked to suspensions. Why is it that a student who is disruptive is not removed, so that other students can learn? Why is it easier to buy a firearm in this state than to suspend a student from school? The system doesn't make any sense. Why is a teacher held accountable for students that don't attend school or don't do the things they tell them to do in order to be successful? If a student is failing a course all year why should the teacher be held accountable when that student fails the state test?
  • by Web Location: Eastern NC on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    Focus on the words alone do not tell the story. Context, body language, facial expressions - we all know how that could be inappropriate. If we continue to allow lower level of behaviors to occur in public schools, less time is spent on instruction. Those who really value education and understand what it takes to make it happen will pressure for private schools and vouchers. Students can go to a school that allows such behaviors to run rampant. Imagine the learning that takes place there! (sarcasm!!) And schools could choose, also. They could set criteria and only serve those families who choose their set of standards! Imagine which schools would be most effective. Unfortunately public schools is probably the best deal this child and many other children will ever be offered. Disrupting that system only hastens the day when children exhibiting these kinds of behaviors will have even less opportunity, and all of us will be subject to the whims of privatization.
  • by To Sudie Location: Real World on Dec 10, 2011 at 03:32 AM
    Private schools will solve the problem? I cannot believe the ignorance of some of these posts.For some reason there seems to be a"class war"of comments.Private schools will not change a thing.Sorry,wait till you have been walked out of a private school because you have PO some rich kids daddy ! LOL. Being of a race, a certain monetary class or religious group doesn't change a thing in our society today.Being employees of a private organization will lend you less protection under the law. Kids of "upper class "folks can be just as belligerent or unruly"as those of any other group of people.I would love to see your reaction when you're walked out of a classroom of a private school without reason because some client doesn't like the way you spoke to his 17 yr old bully.Push for private schools.I hope you live to teach in one!
  • by Laquanda on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    I hope they get paid!!!! Get back what was taken from us!!!
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      by Angie on Dec 13, 2011 at 01:42 PM in reply to Laquanda
      Paid for what?? What was taken from us?
  • by Petey Pirate on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    Don't hate the player, Hate the game!
  • by ill Location: will on Dec 8, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    you and your brother use to be the same way when yall was in school so just cut out this bogus complaint
  • by ill Location: will on Dec 8, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    i bet the teacher is "FINE" if a nine year old thinks you are fine.. say thank you and keep it moving unless u like it. we all understand he wasnt your type so you pull this to prove it
  • by laura Location: greenville on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    I love how people will poke fun of someone's name, but then name their children Summerlynn, Alexis, Shelby, Tristen, Colby, Brie...no matter the race, each has their own bank of trashy, cliche, trendy names that they inflict on their kids. Very few people appreciate the value in the classics- names that are timeless, polished and dignified. I would eat my own arm before I'd name my kids are a car, a fruit, a season, or a type of cheese. Don't point fingers when the only Lexus, Mercedes, or Porsche at your house is sitting at your dinner table.
    • reply
      by William Michael Gregory Worthington II. on Dec 8, 2011 at 09:55 AM in reply to laura
      Well aren't you just a pretentious name snob.
      • reply
        by anon on Dec 10, 2011 at 03:48 AM in reply to William Michael Gregory Worthington II.
        you tell 'em bro !
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 03:48 PM in reply to laura
      I love how people take anything a black person do good or bad and turn it into something bad. Really people need to start reading all the things white people do and maybe then they would make sense.
    • reply
      by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 9, 2011 at 02:10 PM in reply to laura
      You may be surprised that even old-fashioned names were quite unique and chosen from foods, plants, even the stars and clouds. Here is the origin of your name, Laura: "the bay, or laurel plant". Quite lovely in origin, don't you think? Don't be so harsh about the choosing of names, as it is a timeless tradition and parents usually mean well in their choices.
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      by RC on Dec 10, 2011 at 03:46 AM in reply to laura
      I do understand you reasoning about the naming of kids,but name shame has gone on a LONG TIME.No one ever knew my grandma's name or my mother-in-law's name till they passed.A lot of people don't like the name they have,even surnames such as Blackman,Whitehead,Gay,Littleton,Short,Manly etc.Older people got cursed with names like Ira,Oley,Ollie,Berney,Barney,Ivan,Olive,Lenora,Wanita,Sara Jo,Rany,.Growin up kids with uno names like "Jill" or Jackie" caught the devil from other kids.We even have commneter here ..a name like SUDIE !
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:05 AM
    Chiquita and Emanyea. I really love those names. Think I'll have one more and name it Chiquita Emanyea Alwaysright.
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