An 8th grade student was suspended from a North Carolina school after attempting to hug his teacher. She broke up a fight and the boy, Ryan Blackmon, tried to give her a hug after he said thank you. The teacher grabbed his arm and yanked him away. She left a mark on his arm and told another teacher that he needed to be written up because something "serious" had just happened. The school's rules did include that hugging teachers was prohibited.