(NEW YORK) — A substitute teacher in New Jersey has been suspended after being accused of telling a seven-year-old girl that she was “too sexy” to take gym.
Marco Inskip, a substitute physical education teacher at Charles L. Spragg Elementary School in Egg Harbor City, N.J., allegedly told a second-grade student Monday that she was “too sexy” to take gym, according to John Gilly, superintendent of the Egg Harbor City School District. The girl’s father, Henry Wilson, has since filed a harassment complaint with the Egg Harbor City police.
The girl told teachers in the cafeteria after the incident that Inskip had made an inappropriate comment. When describing the comment at first, she was too embarrassed to say the word “sexy,” Gilly said.
“She was upset when it happened,” Wilson said. “She took it as a regular bad word. She didn’t know if there was any context behind it. She was just upset that she was cursed out, so to speak, by a teacher.”
The second-grader was wearing school-appropriate clothing and has never had issues in school before, Wilson said.
When initially questioned, Inskip denied saying the student was “too sexy,” Gilly said. He said he simply called her “cute.” Inskip is now suspended from the district’s substitute teaching list, Gilly said.
“He was a substitute and we saw how upset the parent was, and the child,” Gilly said. “Even though he did admit that he said ‘cute,’ not ‘sexy,’ at this point it didn’t matter.”
“We decided to cut the losses, make the clean break and say you are finished with us at this point in our school district.”
Inskip first served as a substitute in the district on Oct. 31, Gilly said. He originally came from the Source for Teachers, a company the district uses when it needs more substitute teachers. After working for the district several times, he asked to be put on the district’s own list, Gilly said. Inskip became an approved substitute for the district on Dec. 14.
Inskip has only one other previous incident, Gilly said. In January, a parent complained that the substitute teacher had cursed during a physical education class. Inskip denied to administrators that he had used profanity. He could not be reached by ABC News for comment.
Even though he’s suspended from the Egg Harbor City School District, Inskip can still substitute in other districts, Gilly said. But the criminal charges are now up to the courts, he added.
The district will review Inskip’s case at the next Board of Education meeting in May.
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