A North Carolina fourth-grader was suspended from school for two days, apparently after a substitute teacher overheard him calling her "cute." According to the child's mother, Chiquita Lockett, the principal called to explain that young Emanyea's comment constituted "sexual harassment." A letter from the school district repeated the charge, but disputed Emanyea's account — sort of — saying the 9-year-old suggestively used the word "fine," not "cute." Still, "it's not like he went up to the woman and tried to grab her or touch her in a sexual way," says Lockett.
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