Teacher is in trouble for taking a grieving student to get hot cocoa

- An act of compassion by a teacher on Long Island is now in trouble.

The offense -- taking a downtrodden student to get hot chocolate.

It was meant to be a kind gesture.

High school teacher Janice Graf was trying to comfort one of her students, who was depressed over losing two of her friends in one week.

"She needed somebody to talk to. She was very distraught. I felt that she was in crisis,” Graf said.

Graf took senior Maddy Zaminski off-campus for some hot chocolate and conversation.

"My whole life, I've always been taught to trust my teachers and go to them when you need help...and that's what I did,” Zaminski said.

They got back to the school, and now Graf has been removed for violating school policy.

Teachers are not allowed to take students off-campus during school hours.

Graf has been assigned to administrative duty and is heartbroken about not being with her students just a few months before her planned retirement.

"I just want to be back with my kids. I want to be back in the classroom,” Graf said.

She's got the open support of students and parents, but the board of education isn't having it.

"I'm fine with it. She got my daughter back to school and she took care of my daughter,” Joanne Zaminski, Zaminski’s mother, said.

"She's been put out to pasture by the board of education and we're here today to ask them, humbly but kindly, to please let her back in,” Zaminski’s lawyer, Vess Mitev, said.

The school board president is not commenting on the situation because of privacy laws, but says in a statement that the board acts in the best interest of both students and staff.

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