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When Brookside Elementary School’s principal, Jerry Bostic, suspended 9-year-old Emanyea Lockett for calling his teacher “cute” he may have expected a lot of attention — we’re not sure if he expected this.
After accusing Emanyea of sexual harrassment and suspending him for 3 days, school officials investigated the matter and came to the conclusion that the principal over-reacted.
And that it’s time for him to end his career.
“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,” the district said in a statement.
“We regret this situation happened,” the district said. “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.”
According to the Gaston Gazette, Bostic was given a choice: Accept a demotion to assistant principal, or be fired.
Bostic decided on door number 3 — he retired.
“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 told WSOC 9 News.
The boy’s suspension will not count on his record and he will be allowed to make up all work without penalty.
“This is something that everyone needed to see, just to see what’s happening within our school systems,” Lockett’s mother, Chiquita, told WSOC 9 News.