ROBYN Riley writes: My brother called me the other night, if not looking for answers, then at least despairing of the society we have become.

He wanted to know why our children were being denied the opportunity to grow up as carefree as we did. 

His concern was prompted by a report that a Victorian high school had cracked down on hugging. 

The school also wanted to stop kissing and even shaking hands in the schoolyard. 

Basically, putting a full stop on physical contact at any time, it seemed to him. 

Bottom line: it did not want pupils showing affection to each other. 

The acting principal said school was a place for learning, not loving. 

A week later another Victorian school had joined the restriction on hugging. 

The principal of a high school in Melbourne said his school was worried about inappropriate contact between the students. 

The schools had the right motive. They wanted to protect students from unwanted hugs, but I think this could have been done better than enforcing a blanket ban on hugging. 

Why not just teach kids to ask first before hugging? 

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Should students be allowed to hug each other at school?
ROBYN Riley writes: My brother called me the other night, if not looking for answers, then at least despairing of the society we have become.

He wanted to know why our children were being denied the opportunity to grow up as carefree as we did.

His concern was prompted by a report that a Victorian high school had cracked down on hugging.

The school also wanted to stop kissing and even shaking hands in the schoolyard.

Basically, putting a full stop on physical contact at any time, it seemed to him.

Bottom line: it did not want pupils showing affection to each other.

The acting principal said school was a place for learning, not loving.

A week later another Victorian school had joined the restriction on hugging.

The principal of a high school in Melbourne said his school was worried about inappropriate contact between the students.

The schools had the right motive. They wanted to protect students from unwanted hugs, but I think this could have been done better than enforcing a blanket ban on hugging.

Why not just teach kids to ask first before hugging?

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14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 1/1/07 - 7:59:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
Something seems altogether wrong with not being allowed to have any physical contact at all with anyone else. What next, suspension for brushing gently against another person in the hallway on the way to class because the school wants to protect people that don't want to accidentally be brushed up against?

I definately think teaching the kids to ask before hugging would be far easier and make more sense.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 1/1/07 - 8:14:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
come on. how damaging is an unwanted hug? and dont tell me that it promotes unwanted sex, cause thats a pretty big leap. stop being fascists. concentrate on solving the worlds problems rather than this crap.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 1/1/07 - 1:32:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its a hug. Come on. Whats wrong with a hug? It don't hurt anyone.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 1/1/07 - 6:43:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, a hug is just a friendly greeting.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 1/1/07 - 9:29:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
What? Why not?
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 1/2/07 - 12:29:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, hugging is a lot different than making out or something otherwise disgusting and distracting.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 1/2/07 - 12:31:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
Of course! Hugging need not be sexual or distracting at all. It would be awfully cold and impersonal if there were no hugs.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 1/2/07 - 10:45:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, what the hell is wrong with hugs?
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 1/2/07 - 11:37:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can't believe a school would ban hugging. I hardly consider a hug to be "inappropriate contact."
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 1/2/07 - 11:41:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Bogus.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 1/2/07 - 11:41:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/1/2007 7:59:20 AM onyxnitetalo wrote:
Something seems altogether wrong with not being allowed to have any physical contact at all with anyone else. What next, suspension for brushing gently against another person in the hallway on the way to class because the school wants to protect people that don't want to accidentally be brushed up against? I definately think teaching the kids to ask before hugging would be far easier and make more sense.

Agreed

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 3:40:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hugs are fine.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/25/07 - 7:41:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/2/2007 12:29:13 AM ClashRocker wrote:
Yes, hugging is a lot different than making out or something otherwise disgusting and distracting.

I know, exactly. Hugs are a friendly, platonic gesture. That's hardly what I'd consider PDAs.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/25/07 - 7:48:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course they should!
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/25/07 - 8:02:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
YES! Holy crap, I got hugged every day in High School, if not multiple times a day. It's a way of showing affection between friends, not some sort of sexual grope!
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 1/27/07 - 1:08:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I am always hugging my frineds at school, and about kissing in the halls, it is ok if it just like a little peck between 2 people dating but they should not be making out in the halls.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 1/31/07 - 11:25:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think a hug has no harm to it. HUg away people hug away!
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 2/20/07 - 7:50:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
i would think hugging is fine, unless it's forced and one of the people doesnt want to, but otherwise, huggings fine, just a nice way to say hello
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/26/07 - 12:22:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's a load of BS right there.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/26/07 - 2:12:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
I thinks hugs should be allowed. Nothing wrong with them.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/26/07 - 2:15:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
A local public school in the next town actually has the same rule, and it's meant to prevent sexual harrassment.
I think it's a bit overboard. Generally-speaking, the average hug is a friendly, non-sexual gesture that isn't at all threatening to students. It's not as though allowing them to freely hug each other will cause wide-scale chaos.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/26/07 - 4:53:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
'School is a place for learning, not loving'?

What about learning social skills and giving children the ability to interact in a real-life way with other people? Otherwise you're just creating a generation of emotionally repressed automotons.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/26/07 - 7:24:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
A hug is a hug. Nothing more nothing less. If a person feels like hugging another person then they should.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/26/07 - 7:28:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2/26/2007 12:22:20 PM animefreak88 wrote:
That's a load of BS right there.

Agreed. There's some weird stuff happening in the schools.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 3/24/07 - 5:13:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
Schools already have rules against inappropriate and unwanted contact. If children are going to disobey those rules, do you think they are going to pay any more attention to a rule against hugging?

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