A middle school principal in Connecticut recently outlawed hugs on campus. That's right. Hugs. High-fives, too. And if students violate the ban they may face expulsion. Heavy duty, huh? The principal instituted this hands-off approach after a violent incident in the school left a student hospitalized. The principal told parents that students' safety and learning has been seriously impacted by physical contact, so it's now off limits.
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This is not the first school in the country to implement such rules, and sociologist Dr. Julie Albright is concerned about the trend. She points out, "Since the 1980's, teachers have been warned not to touch or hug students as a result of fears surrounding accusations of sexual harassment. Now, this ban has broadened to encompass students themselves. Schools across the country - particularly middle schools - have one by one put bans on hugging, and not justRead More »from Hugs Banned in School. What's All The Hysteria About?