In Bladenboro, North Carolina, Ryan Blackmon, an eighth grade student at Bladenboro Middle School, was suspended when he tried to hug his teacher after she broke up a potential fight between himself and another student.
Blackmon told WECT-TV: “I said, ‘Thank you,’ after she got done. 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 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."
According to school documents obtained by WECT-TV, it is against the rules for a student to hug a teacher.
Blackmon’s parents have filed a police report against the teacher and the school after a mark was left on the boy’s arm from where the teacher grabbed him.