Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hugs Banned In Illinois Schools?

I just got back from a yummy lunch at Fudd's with my sweetheart. When I returned, I was shocked to find this story on the MSN homepage.

Evidently, an Illinois school has a no PDA policy. As a result, a 13-year-old girl was given two days detention for hugging her two friends goodbye. According to MSN, the school's policy states: “Displays of affection should not occur on the school campus at any time. It is in poor taste, reflects poor judgment, and brings discredit to the school and to the persons involved.” How far does it go?

I certainly can understand that administrators do not want hormonal teenagers making out in the hall. That used to happen in my school and it was disgusting. I understand that, but a hug goodbye? What's next? I just posted the other day that I used to be a very huggy person. I remember being very excited to see my friends after an extended break. I would hug them. I remember hugging some of my teachers in celebration and, occasionally, sadness. Are we really helping students or hurting them? I fear the latter.

I agree that boundaries need to be set for sloppy and disgusting displays of public affection, but I think this IL school has gone too far. I wonder if there are policies like this here in VA and if so, how are they enforced? Maybe some of my teacher friends can chime in. Maybe there is another side to the story I just don't see.

So, in protest, (((HUGS))) to all of you! :) Actually, I'd probably do it anyway! :)


Bonita said...

Hugs back, Jess. This directive is absurd. Leo Buscaglia, where are you!

Jess T said...


I'll admit it! I had to look him up. I'll have to add his work to my reading list. :) You are always introducing new things to me!

You are the best!

MrsGrumpy said...

Oh, we are going so wrong with our children. Hugs are now a bad thing? I don't know if you have seen it but, if you haven't, go to youtube and type in Free Hugs. It's a beautiful video.

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

That is coo coo. Some people and policies today are absurd! Interesting topic tho...