As I wrote, the boys mother, Chiquita Lockett, says the the principal of Brookside Elementary called her last week to say that a substitute teacher overheard her son, Emanyea, tell another student a teacher was cute. The principal, Jerry Bostic, allegedly called this a form of “sexual harassment” and suspended the boy.
Lockett was outraged, I was outraged — I just couldn’t understand how an innocent comment made between two third-graders constituted sexual harassment. Apparently, neither could the school district …
As WSOCTV reports, Principal Jerry Bostic says he was forced to retire yesterday.
Apparently the story went viral with reports showing up on Fox News and CNN. Blogs and papers across the country blasted Bostic’s decision. Tuesday, in a complete about-face from their original statement, (under obvious pressure from the public) the district apologized to the family and said there was no sexual harassment. You can read the full statement here. Wednesday, Jerry Bostic told the Gaston Gazette the Gaston County School District gave him one hour to decide whether to quit or be fired.
“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 Eyewitness News.
Well, I don’t think he treated Emanyea fairly and, in fact, probably traumatized the poor kid. My thought? If Bostic’s instinct was to suspend the kid and tell the mom he sexually harassed a teacher then I don’t think he’s fit to be a principal.
Lockett said she will likely pursue legal action. Ha! That’s what I said here!
Bostic was in his 44th year with Gaston County Schools and his 35th year as an administrator. He had been at Brookside Elementary for the last 15 years Do you agree with the school district’s decision to force him to retire or do you think their decision was too harsh? Why?
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