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I laughed my ass off when I read this on neowin
Middle school bans hugs

Centennial students not keen about new rule on 'PDAs'

By Brittany Anas, Camera Staff Writer
April 29, 2005

Administrators at a north Boulder school on Thursday banned hugs in the hallways, which has some middle school sweethearts complaining that blooming spring love has been nipped in the bud.

"I mean, how are you supposed to say'bye to your girlfriend?" asked Centennial Middle School eighth-grader Noah Hahn.

During an intermission at a school musical Thursday night, Noah, 13, and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Scooby Phillips, mockingly gave each other a high-five, demonstrating what they said administrators at their school told students to replace hugs with. Noah and Scooby, who have been going out for about a month, said they will probably continue to hug.

Centennial Assistant Principal Becky Escamilla said that some concerned sixth-grade teachers asked the administration to spell out policies surrounding "PDAs" — jargon for public displays of affection.

"There was some sixth-grade romance going on," she said.

Escamilla said the school is not anti-hug.

"We just want our kids to be appropriate at school and focus on academics," she said.

No students were punished on Thursday for hugging at school, Escamilla said. It is unclear what the punishments for public displays of affection will be.

Ellen Miller-Brown, the Boulder Valley School District's middle-level director, said most schools have rules about showing affection.

"At academic institutions, principals do their very best to keep students focused on school," she said.

Students at Centennial aren't embracing the new hug rules, though.

Sixth-grader Amma Maya, 12, said teachers on Thursday told her and her classmates that hugs between girls need to be limited to a couple of seconds, and they can only put their arms around one another's shoulders.

"It's so evil!" said Amma, with so much emotion that her silver hoop earrings started swinging with her hand expressions. "It's so mean."

Amma estimates that she gives and takes a total of about 20 hugs during a typical school day.

Students said they were told they can't hug in ways that they are contacting one another in places that bathing suits are supposed to cover. Students said they started a "hugs not drugs" petition, asking teachers to give them back their hugging and hand-holding privileges.

"I think hugs should be OK," said eighth-grader Hayley Thomas. "It's not like kids are making out. It's ridiculous."

Parent Diane McCarthy, who's on the board of the school's parent-teacher organization, said her seventh-grade daughter told her that "no one can hug anymore."

Her daughter is one of the students urging the school to return their right to hug — almost a necessity for middle school girls.

"They get to school, they hug," McCarthy said. "They leave school, they hug. You would think they hadn't seen each other for a year."

Camera Staff Writer Amy Bounds contributed to this report.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Brittany Anas at (303) 473-1132 or [email protected].
To even considering hugging to be a form of sexual gesture is just obserd. I'm almost out of my high school in 15 days, but still.....no one can express themselves anymore
 

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Hmmm... well in my old high school kissing and most corporal ways of showing affection were prohibited... however hugging and holding hands were ok :p
 

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For christ sake, its just a hug! It doesnt necessary mean sexual or romantic, it might just be a link of friendship. Hell, even friends of same gender may hug in some countries (not in finland though, we tend to build a wall 10" thick around us and so have i) to congratulate other or something. Pffft... :mad:
 

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MaZa said:
For christ sake, its just a hug! It doesnt necessary mean sexual or romantic, it might just be a link of friendship. Hell, even friends of same gender may hug in some countries (not in finland though, we tend to build a wall 10" thick around us and so have i) to congratulate other or something. Pffft... :mad:
Wtf is wrong with our country, I hug my firends all the time, in compleatly non romantic or sexual ways. Even one of my best firends hugs me who also is a guy, but... hes also a little weird...
 

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"They get to school, they hug," McCarthy said. "They leave school, they hug. You would think they hadn't seen each other for a year."
She got a point.

But high-five as a sign of affection?...That's something new I need to teach to my girl..
 

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*sigh*

It seems that hugging might get them the same punishment as brawling at school :rolleyes:

The whole world is screaming for peace and a school is banning hugging :???:
 

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My schools didn't outlaw hugs specifically, but all "public displays of affection" (including holding hands) were forbidden.
What is the punishment in showing that kind of affection?

Im also wondering, does law allow to forbid things like this under the possibility of getting punished?
 

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As I recall (it's been about 16 years now), it was detention the first time or two, and could escalate to A.B.I.S./I.S.S. (Adjusting Behavior In School/In School Suspension) on continued offenses.

The schools can setup whatever rules they wish. Students/parents could fight the rule and try to get it changed, but the law allows the school to decide.
 

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:lol: These psychologists/pedagogues are getting worse every passing year.

That's what they get for ignoring the findings of biology, and not accepting the fact that humans are just another animal species. They isolate themselves in their fantasies about socially determined behavior, or how self-esteem affects you. And they're sadly wrong .

Robert Trivers got it right a long time ago. These social scientists are far from even admitting that there might be a problem.
 

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Cypherswipe said:
As I recall (it's been about 16 years now), it was detention the first time or two, and could escalate to A.B.I.S./I.S.S. (Adjusting Behavior In School/In School Suspension) on continued offenses.
LOL.....I guess I'm not use to the strictness of some schools...actually makes me a little bit fortunate. Hell, I hear moaning a croaning in the bathrooms all the time :p
The schools can setup whatever rules they wish. Students/parents could fight the rule and try to get it changed, but the law allows the school to decide.
not really. Private schools you can make up all redictulas rules. Public schools is different though. If you make a rule that requires people to spend money (uniforms for example), it either has to be funded by the school, or it can only be voluntary
 

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If you make a rule that requires people to spend money (uniforms for example), it either has to be funded by the school, or it can only be voluntary
I wasn't aware of that.
I know there are some limitations to the rules they can set, but not many. (...and none that would apply to this thread.)

FYI I went to nothing but public schools (no way in hell I'd put up with private schools and their idiotic rules and uniforms and whatnot).
 

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I wasn't aware of that.
I know there are some limitations to the rules they can set, but not many. (...and none that would apply to this thread.)
It's mostly to protect low income families. There are sports and activities that require you to pay, but in no way are these activities considered 'mandatory'
 

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Well I'm pretty sure if they'd force us to obey that rule at our school I will be glad to give some nice tight hugs, just to see what they're gonna do about it. Let me stay at school till 5pm?
Don't think so :rolleyes:
Ban me from school?
I'll make sure they have to ban 100 ppl from school hehe
I'm sure this will cause some commotion in newspapers as well :evil:

Of course this wouldn't happen, I guess it's another 'only in america' story? :p
 

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in my school there was a religios teacher (well i'm from israel.. you can only guess how cosurvative she is..) and she made a ****ing scene when a two friends of mine huged. it's so stupid. and if there was such a rule no one would give a **** about it IMO.
 

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*looks boltzmanns post*

Oh god, not again... :lol:




Of course this wouldn't happen, I guess it's another 'only in america' story?
I fear it is. There has been similar rules in girlschools everywhere, but why an earth they want similar tyranny to public schools? That doesnt make sense.
 

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For more classroom stupidity, see this. Teachers are being pressured to give up red ink because it intimidates the students. Green and purple are friendlier. But basically, we just need to recognize that criticism, regardless of the color, hurts their feelings and upsets their parents. No kidding. Read the CNN story: http://www.cnn.com/2005/EDUCATION/04/04/no.more.red.ap/index.html
 

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It sounds like some whiny/lazy students getting bad grade and blamed it on the red ink, and their parents actually believed it :lol:

Or maybe...
Store Owner: Damn! We got all these purple pen no one wants!! Better think of something to trick people into buy them :evil:
 

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I wonder if there actually is sexual hugging,might be interesting.Alot of kids there shoud rebel against this quickly.
 
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