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Two teachers suspended for homophobic bullying of 14-year-old boy

Two teachers suspended for homophobic bullying of 14-year-old boy

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A school suspended two teachers after they mocked a 14-year-old boy by implying he is gay.

The child’s mother, Jean Mott, claims the teachers, from Shiloh Middle School in Snellville, Georgia, made inappropriate comments about the student’s sexuality in front of his entire class.

Speaking to WSB-TV, Mott says her son came home in tears in December 2018 because his teachers made comments that made him appear to be gay. His classmates have teased him ever since.

One teacher implied another child was the boy’s ‘boyfriend’ and made fun of him after he was absent from school for a few days.

Homophobic bullying from the teachers

Mott told the news channel: ‘The teacher said to my son, “Your boyfriend was cheating on you while you were away. Oh, you two make a really good couple”‘.

She also says one of the teachers accused her son of chasing boys around the school. This was after another classmate pushed him.

Mott continued: ‘Help me understand why, as an adult, you would do this to a child? Why would you bully my child, or any child?

‘I cannot allow these teachers to go out and do this to anybody else’s child. They initiated the bullying. As a result, my son has been bullied by his peers and it’s something he’ll never live down.’

The teachers apologized to the mother in a meeting. The school suspended them for two days.

School officials released a statement: ‘Both investigations found that the teachers comments were inappropriate. As a result, disciplinary action was taken against both teachers.’

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission are investigating. They will decide whether the teacher’s keep their education certificates.

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