After Embracing School Counselor: In the complaint that the counselor submitted to the authorities, she stated that while they were hugging, the child inappropriately sexually touched her. This accusation is not true, according to the child’s relatives.
A School Counselor May Press Battery Charges Against a 10-Year-Old Boy Whom He Adores
A Florida elementary school suspended a 10-year-old kid and filed a misdemeanor assault case against him after the youngster was accused of improperly touching a school counselor during a hug. The boy’s family strongly rejects the allegations.
According to the police report and a copy of his suspension letter supplied by attorneys for the boy’s family, the counselor at Holly Hill School in Volusia County said that she was visiting a classroom to discuss something on October 24 when the fourth-grader approached her for a hug.
According to the letter, the woman “turned sideways to give a side embrace” and the youngster “placed one arm over her shoulder and with the other hand [reached and] grasped her left breast.” According to the letter, the counselor took his hand away and he walked away.
Minors who are accused of crimes are seldom identified by NBC News. The counselor has requested anonymity under Florida’s Marsy’s Law, so NBC News will not reveal her identity either. On Wednesday, she did not answer her stated phone lines, so we couldn’t get a statement from her.
The police were called to the school because of battery, and according to the report, the youngster will be charged with a misdemeanor offense.
Legal representation for the boy’s family has said he is being wrongfully charged. Even though the boy denied the allegations, the school nonetheless punished him for 10 days, according to the parents. Tuesday, they said, he may go back to class. The school district in Volusia County, Florida, has remained silent on the matter.
It’s been unfair that my grandson was “accused of something and then punished before the facts,” the child’s grandpa remarked. To put it bluntly, “We will not tolerate this.” Due to concerns for the child’s safety, NBC News has not identified any family members.
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According to both the police report and the suspension letter, the fourth-grader was summoned over by the instructor to discuss the incident, but he “began to rant,” at which point the school administration was contacted to remove him from the classroom.
His family claims that the assistant principal informed his grandma of the incident and punishment via a phone call. Family members disagree with the counselor’s account of what happened. Attorney Rawsi Williams stated that the youngster claims the counselor first hugged him.
He only hugged her, that’s all. That was all it was to him. He returned to his workstation and continued his conversation with his other football players, she stated.
When he returned to class, his instructor accused him of groping a student. Even though [the kid] said he wasn’t guilty, he was nonetheless suspended. Even so, they reported him to the authorities. The counselor still wanted to press criminal assault charges against the youngster, who was just ten at the time.
Frank T. Allen, an attorney for the family, said the family feels race was a factor. The child’s father compared the situation to that of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black kid who was tortured and murdered by two white men in 1955 after a white lady accused him of making indecent approaches.
The youngster is African-American, whereas the therapist is white. According to Allen, this just serves to further perpetuate negative assumptions about black men’s behavior toward females of all races. “And for her to go and do that and excoriate this youngster with these bogus claims, this is going to have long-lasting effects on him and how he interacts with people.”
According to the child’s grandma, he is now afraid to go back to school because of what happened. The boy’s family is appealing the counselor’s suspension and seeking that no charges be brought against the adolescent in juvenile court.