This story is up on CNN headlined "An Innocent Hug or Sexual Harassment?
The event in question was caught on video. CNN link here:
The boy and his family say they are huggers, and it was an innocent hug. He said he had hugged this teacher before.
The teacher said “that she had warned Sam about hugging in the past.” I assume she means hugging her, but it could have been about hugging others. She also said he put his lips to her neck.
I think I’m going to side with the teacher here. I don’t see any indication that something lead to a ‘hugging situation’ here. Usually you see some kind of behavior leading to a hug- a greeting, a smile, etc. But, he approaches her from the side here- not a normal hugging approach.
Also, he does seem to turn his head a bit that could have been him pressing his lips to her neck.
So, he could have been using his hug to intimidate her or force unwanted contact with her in a supposedly public and socially acceptable way. I think that’s what he was indeed doing here, knowing that mostly women will just put up with that kind of behavior and not call attention to it.
She clearly pushed him away. Probably because he had indeed done this to her before.
If the teacher’s side of this story is correct, then this kid is creepy and needs to be called out for this kind of behavior.