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Woman says autistic boy punished for hugging classmate

September 25, 2019 GMT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The guardian of an autistic kindergartener in Tennessee says the 5-year-old boy was for punished for hugging a classmate.

Chattanooga resident Summery Putnam told WTVC-TV a teacher accused the boy of sexual activities after he hugged one child and kissed another on the cheek. Putnam says the teacher told her Nathan was overstepping boundaries and she says a report was filed with the state Department of Child Services.

Hamilton County Department of Education spokesman Tim Hensley released a statement that says school personnel are required to report concerns regarding children.

Putnam says Nathan doesn’t understand normal social cues and boundaries. She says he has now switched classrooms and teachers and is enrolled in special education services.

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Information from: WTVC-TV, http://www.newschannel9.com/