Many things are prohibited in school because of health risks, security, or general respect for the school. Drugs, alcohol, and weapons are among some of the types of materials banned at schools to provide a more stable environment. However when things such as these get banned, many over the top procedures can take place, such as suspending students with a small plastic gun because it resembled a weapon (yes this did happen, here’s the article). However when is banning items and suspending children at school going too far? One school in New Jersey has this answer by enforcing an incredibly ridiculous rule at a particular middle school. Because of some “indecent physical interactions” between students at their school, Matawan- Aberdeen Middle School banned, you guessed it:
Tyler Blackmore, the priniple of Matawan-Aberdeen, issused as of recently a “no hugging” rule at his school. As the article suggests this could be a preemptive measure to stop new “Snookis” from polluting our future generations, however something as small as hugging should not be as “wrong” to where it has to be banned. Of course this new rule establish brought many complaints and negative feed back to the school. Was all this worth it? If a school most likely knew that people would complain and be aggravated over “no hugging”, why would they still do it? Eliminating something as small as hugging while knowing the harsh responses the school will get in return seems to say that this school, want kids to be more “lifeless”. Hugging will not cause or prevent the next Snooki from being born. It shows that this Middle School does not understand basic human behavior– humans need simple interactions like this. Whether it’s a friendly gesture, establishing a friendship or saying goodbye, hugs are important. This raises the question however, are more schools going to implement rules like this? Do we now have to worry about our children growing up in an anti-emotion school? From how our society looks, this might be the case.
Bonus! This is the video I first found the article on. It has other stories in at as well regarding the topic.