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NC school: 9-year-old sexually harassed teacher

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GASTONIA, NC (AP) -- Administrators at a Gaston County elementary school say they suspended a 9-year-old boy because he
sexually harassed a teacher.

WSOC-TV reported that a letter shared by the boy's mother says he has a history of using inappropriate language about other students. The woman says it's the first time she'd heard that about her son.

The boy said he called a teacher "cute," but the school says he used the word "fine." Brookside Elementary School says the child's comment amounts to sexual harassment.

The school's letter said the boy had been warned for using racial slurs and other derogatory words to describe other students.

A school district spokeswoman would not comment, but says the district is investigating.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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