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Georgia teen suspended for hugging his teacher

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Sam McNair, 17. Courtesy: CBS Atlanta Sam McNair, 17. Courtesy: CBS Atlanta
School surveillance shows McNair hugging his teacher in November. Courtesy: CBS Atlanta School surveillance shows McNair hugging his teacher in November. Courtesy: CBS Atlanta
ATLANTA -

A high school senior in Duluth, Georgia has been suspended for an entire year after hugging a teacher last month.

CBA Atlanta reported Duluth High School believes 17-year-old Sam McNair violated the county's public school rules on sexual harassment.

The November incident was captured on surveillance and shows McNair enter a room, place his arms around the back and front of a teacher, and tuck his head behind her neck.

The teacher alleged in an incident report that McNair's cheeks and lips touched the back of her neck and cheek.

She also stated that she warned McNair about giving teachers hugs and that they were inappropriate.

The student denies that he sexually harassed or kissed her, adding that he has never been disciplined for hugging a teacher in the past.

McNair's mother, April McNair, was shocked when the school district informed her that her son was suspended for a hug.

She feels the district should have notified her if his hugging was a problem before taking measures that could ultimately jeopardize his college plans.

"He's a senior. He plays football and was getting ready for lacrosse, and you're stripping him of even getting a full scholarship for athletics for college," April told a news outlet.

The suspension disallows McNair from graduating on time.

*CBS Atlanta contributed to this report.

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