180-Day Suspension For This? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

180-Day Suspension For This?

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - Seventh grader Je'Terra Bowie has been suspended for the past month from Wilkinson Middle School in Detroit for allegedly accidentally touching her teacher as she reached back to stretch, WDIV reports.

"I didn't know she stopped behind me," Bowie told the station. "She stopped, and I stretched back. I turned back and said, 'Sorry. I didn't mean to.'"

After the teacher demanded Bowie leave the classroom, other students wrote letters asserting the incident was an accident.

"It just made me livid," Bowie's mother, Jessica Hunter told WDIV. "How can you suspend a 7th-grade student for 180 days? It's a 7th-grade student."

Although the family is appealing the suspension, the teacher maintains the poke to her inner thigh was not an accident, WNEM reports.

This isn't the only time parents have recently disagreed with school suspensions. Earlier this month, 14-year-old Nick Martinez was given one-day in-school suspension for hugging his female best friend between classes.

"Honestly, I didn't know because I didn't think hugging was a bad thing," he told WKMG. "I didn't know you could get suspended for it."

Like Hunter, Martinez' mom said she planned to challenge school officials on the policy.

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