GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — I don’t know if any of you have been following this story out of my state, but a 9-year-old student at Brookside Elementary called a teacher “fine” and the ensuing knee-jerking it caused has been unbelievable.
First the school suspended Emanyea for sexual harassment. They said they have had issues with the boy calling students bad names before, a claim Emanyea denied to reporters, and that he made the statement about the teacher in a suggestive manner. Emanyea was suspended for three days and served a one-day, in-school suspension and two days out of school.
Understandably, his mother wasn’t happy about the school’s decision to suspend her son for sexual harassment, so she went to the local news. It wasn’t long before sites like CNN and Huffington Post picked up the story and it quickly went viral. Not long after that, all the negative attention had the school district getting involved and then release a statement yesterday that apologized to the family.
“”After a thorough investigation by school officials involving the suspension of a fourth grade student at one of our elementary schools, it has been determined there was no sexual harassment.
We regret this situation happened. The superintendent has attempted to contact the family to offer an apology to the parents and student. The school system is also sending an official letter of apology to the parents and student,” the statement says in part.
But they weren’t quite finished. The principal who suspended Emanyea has now been forced to retire. Principal Jerry Bostic told the Gaston Gazette the Gaston County School District gave him one hour to decide whether he would retire or be fired.
“He (Gaston County Schools Superintendent Reeves McGlohon) told me he had made the decision he was going to terminate me or drop me into an assistant principal position,” Bostic said. “I admit I made some errors in what I did, but to fire me or to demote me with 44 years in it, it just doesn’t make sense. To me he was a very heartless man, and he did it because of politics. One mistake in 44 years, and I’m not given the benefit of the doubt. I really don’t believe I was treated fairly,” Bostic said.
I haven’t seen this much ridiculous knee-jerking since Elaine Benes danced at her office party. If the kid was overheard telling another student that a teacher was fine, then him being suspended for sexual harassment is idiotic, for sure. But isn’t it just as idiotic to rectify the situation by firing the principal to save face?
Bostic has been with the school system for 44 years, 35 of those as an administrator, and the 15 he has spent at Brookside Elementary has been with a 98 to 99 percent approval rating from parents. The student’s record has been expunged and everyone on the school’s side has since apologized. Isn’t that enough? Now, on top of that, Emanyea’s mother is talking about filing a lawsuit. The entire debacle is disgusting.
So what do you think about all this? I once had my kid suspended from school for discharging a firearm on school grounds. The firearm in question was a champagne popper you can buy in Party City… you know, the things that shoot off a puff of confetti. They said that because it contained gunpowder, it was considered a weapon.
I talked with the principal and the school-superintendent, getting my kid’s possible two week suspension down to a three day in-school suspension, but at no point did I want anyone fired. Their hands are tied, forced to operate under this new, politically correct school environment that removes any form of human interaction when dealing with students, leaving it to a goddamn chart that lists the vague offenses on one side, and the matching punishment on the other.Tags: Brookside Elementary, criume, Emanyea, Jerry Bostic, North Carolina, school, Sexual harassment