School in the US bans hugging

Mar 29, 2012, 11:58 IST | Agencies

It seems it is easier to get the cold shoulder than a warm hug at a New Jersey middle school. A new rule is stirring up controversy at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School in Cliffwood, New Jersey -- no hugging


Principal Tyler Blackmore recently made an announcement during school, essentially saying it is a no-hugging zone. The kids said they risk detention if they hug each other inside the school. Parent Deirdre Ring agrees with the new policy. 

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"There was probably some inappropriate physical contact going on that led to this decision," Ring said. Parents said they got automated phone calls from the principal trying to clarify what he told the students, but some are still annoyed they were not notified in the first place.
School Superintendent David Healy said, "Blackmore is responsible for the safety and well-being of over 900 children. In an effort to address some incidents of unsuitable physical interactions between students, Blackmore made an announcement to his students that they were in a 'no hugging school'."

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