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In Gastonia, NC a school district forced a principal into retirement and issued an apology after 9-year-old Emanyea Lockett was suspended for calling his teacher “cute.”

After investigating the sexual harassment claim made by principal Jerry Bostic, the school district determined he overreacted.

“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.”