10-year-old Florida student facing charges for allegedly hugging school counselor
According to reports, a Florida school counselor is filing charges against a 10-year-old kid she claims touched her while pretending to give her a hug.
The fourth-grader was suspended from Holly Hill School for 10 days and is facing a misdemeanor violence charge, according to a police report and a copy of his suspension letter that NBC News was able to get.
The boy allegedly approached the health counselor for an embrace on October 24 while she was in the boy’s classroom to meet with his teacher.
According to the letter shared to the outlet by the child’s attorney, she claims she “turned sideways to give a side embrace” when the youngster put one arm around her shoulder and “cupped her left breast in a rude fashion” with the other.
According to USA Today, the counselor had to “forcefully remove his hand.”
Due to the counselor’s use of Florida’s Marsy’s Law, which permits alleged crime victims to maintain their anonymity, we are withholding the counselor’s identify.
Following the incident, police were summoned to the school, and the boy received a scolding from administrators. He was detained for ten days.
The allegations, according to his family, are untrue, yet the school suspended him without conducting a thorough investigation.
The boy’s instructor was present in the room during the alleged incident, but she did not see the encounter, according to the police report and letter of suspension.
The boy’s grandmother and legal guardian, Lakesha Hollins, told USA Today that there were “no witnesses, [it was] just her word against his.” He is only ten.
According to Hollins, the awkward touch may have occurred when the counselor turned to look at another kid during the embrace.
She told USA Today: “My grandson stated she grabbed his hand and held it up throughout the hug and he didn’t really understand why she did it.” He claimed that she let go of his hand before he went back to his seat and started conversing with other pupils.
“We’re talking about a 10-year-old getting expelled from school for what might have been an accident,” the speaker said.