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Gwinnett County student suspended for hugging must take classes online

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The family of a Gwinnett County student suspended for hugging a teacher said he will be allowed back in school, but he can only take classes online.

A senior at Duluth High School, Sam McNair was suspended after hugging a teacher last semester. He said it was an innocent gesture but school officials said it violated the district's sexual harassment policy.

"It's a step forward that they gave him an alternative for him to finish his education online," said his mother April McNair. "But you're still stripping him of graduating with his class, his full-blown team, going to prom, having the experience of a high school graduate."

The school district said it can not comment on cases involving students for privacy reasons.

"Mr. McNair had good intentions," said Kimani King, the family's attorney. "What he understands now is he can't just think about himself. He has to think about how his actions affect others."

King said the family is still deciding whether to take any legal action against the district.

"Is that (the suspension) going to be removed from his record?" asked April McNair. "How does it affect him long term?"

The family said their focus now is to ensure Sam McNair graduates. However, his mom said she will push the school district to offer students classes in what constitutes sexual harassment.

"Change needs to be done," said April McNair. "Change needs to come soon because Sam McNair is not the only student who may be going  through this."

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