Boy, 9, Suspended from School for Sexual Harassment After Calling Teacher ‘Cute’

A 9-year-old boy North Carolina boy was suspended for calling a teacher “cute,” reports.

The boy’s mother, Chiquita Lockett, said the principal of Brookside Elementary in Gastonia called her after the incident to say the comment was a form of “sexual harassment.”

“It’s not like he went up to the woman and tried to grab her or touch her in a sexual way,” Lockett said. “So why would he be suspended for two days?”

According to the station, a district spokeswoman said she could not go into detail, but said the boy was suspended for “inappropriate behavior” after making “inappropriate statements.”

The district’s Code of Conduct doesn’t list “inappropriate behavior,” but says “disruption of school” is punishable by five days of out-of-school suspension.

The news of the North Carolina boy’s suspension comes as a Massachusetts elementary school is investigating a first-grader for sexual harassment after the boy struck another boy his age in the groin.

The mother of the accused 7-year-old tells the Boston Globe that her son was fending off another child, who had choked him in an altercation on the school bus on Nov. 22.

“I think my kid was right to fight back,’’ said the mother, Tasha Lynch, 30. “He wasn’t doing anything except protecting himself.’’

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Barney Frank Classless to the End

Barney Frank’s retirement speech was as classless as his victory speech in 2010 over Republican Sean Bielat. Then he spent much of the time whining (after winning?) about “vituperation,” and “anonymous smears,” accusing Republicans of running campaigns that “were beneath the dignity of democracy.”

In a statement Tuesday to the Boston Globe, Frank had this to say:

“Markey and Lynch were protected, and the rest of us got what they didn’t want,” [Frank] said.

Frank asserted that Markey…and Lynch…were given good districts. Several others – including himself…got a bad deal, Frank said, even though those districts are still considered by many as safe Democratic seats.” I think Ed [Markey] had some influence with them, but it was spent mostly on his own district. “There was stuff that Eddie got that, if I could have shared some with Eddie, it would have been a better district.”

Frank’s 4th Congressional District still includes the liberal strongholds of Wellesley, Newton and Brookline that played a large role in his 2010 victory, so it’s not clear what he’s complaining about, but in any case, good riddance to a grown man who sounds like a spoiled ten year old, whining that the other kids got a bigger slice of cake.

Sean Bielat has not announced whether he will be running next year, but another candidate who appears to have strong conservative credentials, Dr. Elizabeth Childs (Childsforcongress), is already campaigning for Frank’s seat.