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Florida school counselor alleges student groped and sued her

  • A Florida elementary school psychiatrist has reportedly filed a complaint against a student.
  • The school gave the student a 10-day suspension, according to USA Today.
  • Counsel claimed the 10-year-old groped her during a hug, USA Today reported – citing a police report.

A Florida elementary school mental health counselor has reportedly filed charges against a 10-year-old who she believes had been groped by police.

The counselor at the Holly Hill School in Volusia County, Florida made the claim in a police report filed with the Holly Hills Police Department, according to USA Today.

USA Today reported that the school has given the student a 10-day suspension and Monday will be their first day of school.

The student’s grandmother, Lakesha Hollins, who is their legal guardian, said the student had done nothing wrong, according to USA Today. She said she disagreed with the district’s decision to suspend the student or the counselor’s decision to press charges.

“We’re talking about a 10-year-old who was expelled from school because of what could have been an accident,” Hollins told USA Today.

The school sent Hollins a letter stating that the student allegedly approached the counselor for a hug when their class returned from lunch, USA Today reported.

“(The counselor) turned to give a side hug,” the report states, according to USA Today. “(The student) put his left arm around her shoulder and then with his right hand he reached and grabbed her left breast in which she had to grab his wrist and remove his hand.”

According to USA Today, the police report states that the student allegedly “disrespectfully cupped her left breast” and had to “forcibly remove his hand.”

Hollins told USA Today that the counselor looked away and possibly talked to someone else during the hug.

“My grandson said with the hug, she grabbed his hand and held his hand up, and he didn’t really know why she was doing it,” Hollins said according to USA Today. “He said she let go of his hand and then he walked back to his seat and then started talking to other students. They were talking about football.”

According to USA Today, the police report said the elementary school teacher in the class did not witness the hug.

“There are no witnesses, (just) her word against his,” Hollins told USA Today. “He’s only 10.”

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