Chris James Posted March 23, 2012 Report Share Posted March 23, 2012 http://usnews.msnbc....-hugging-school Yes folks, hugging is outlawed at this school in New Jersey. I won't go into what I think of the state in general, but this hands off approach seems consistant with what their latest Governor has to say about LBGTQ issues. But moving on: Let's stop hugging. In fact, why don't they put students in a plastic bubble so that can't even touch one another? Just another rule that makes it easier for administrators and teachers to ignore the students. This touch and you die approach is deadly. What are humans if not affectionate? Why would we eliminate the one gesture that most kids feel is important in social interaction? Yes, hands below the waist, butt grasping and all the variations are not welcome. But how do we stop kids from sharing an emotional gesture with their friends. Is this where the bubbles would come in handy? Hugs prevent bullying, there I've said it. A hug is not a kiss or a punch, both of which schools might like to prevent. Kids won't hurt someone they hug, and if a student objects to being hugged they could wear a button that says: Don't hug me. Those are the ones I would rush off to the nearest counselor. Hugging is social behavior, not anti-social. If it turns into a grope then discipline needs to be applied, but then that is all part of the learning experience. When schools stop allowing students to interact in a responsible way then their mission has failed. I am all for corporal punishment in schools, but only when it is applied to the backside of idiots like this principal. Just hand me the paddle. Quote Link to comment
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