MATAWAN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) —There is a lot of confusion at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School, where students say the principal made an unusual announcement last week.

“First, I heard over the loudspeaker ‘We are a no hugging school’ and we are…’This is our new policy,'” student John Carelli told CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu on Thursday.

Some of the students went home with stories about a hugging ban that if they hugged in school, they could be suspended.
Some parents, including Tammy Sabatini, who has had three kids attend the school, found the idea crazy.

“They’ve hugged forever since they were babies and now they’re being told they can’t do it,” Sabatini said.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

“It’s stupid, I’ve never heard of such a thing. Why can’t you hug?” another parent told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg. “That’s how we grew up, with affection. You hug, you kiss.”

“It’s kind of silly,” one man said. “When I was in middle school I hugged my friends — boys and girls. I don’t know what the big deal is.”

On Wednesday night, many parents received the following recorded message from the principal, trying to clarify things:

“Hugging can be inappropriate and we want to make sure that there’s no inappropriate physical contact.  We certainly do not have a policy against hugging nor do we intend to or have we suspended students for hugging,” the message said.

The message went on to say the school wants the students to stay focused on academics. CBS 2’s Hsu tried to talk to the principal about the issue, but he had no comment. The school superintendent also had no comment.

“I just think it’s an outrage. It’s hugging. It’s not like it’s going to kill anyone,” said student Miranda Allen.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

“If they can’t do it in school, they have plenty of time to hug their friends outside of school — when they’re home under the supervision of their parents, and when they’re in school, they can learn,” parent Deirdre Ring said.

So while there’s still a lot of confusion over the whole issue, students say they will keep on hugging off school grounds.

What do you think of the idea of a hugging ban? Let us know below…

Comments (238)
  1. allison White says:

    very sad….the world needs more hugging… pathetic that principal is

    1. Clean yourself says:

      It has been brought to the attention of the Principal that because of obsessive body odor of students there will be no hugging.Kids in that school need some soap and good wash.Remember perfume is not a deordorant

    2. Diana says:

      I think this is so stupid! I work at a school and we have talked about incorporating a school wide hug day. To be able to show our students that we love them and care about them. Our youth has enough to deal with already and many are growing up without love and without someone there to teach them how to express their emotions, now they can’t show affection in this way? So what happens when a student is having a hard day or they feel sad and a hug can brighten their day? “Oh I’m sorry you feel bad or sad, now deal with it, class is in session”

    3. cheri says:

      Free Hugs Campaign – Official Page (music by Sick …

  2. Mike says:

    This is why home schooling and private schooling is on the up surge. Too much liberal crap.

    1. Georgiagator37 says:

      Right on Mike. Teachers Union has pretty much destroyed education. Home or private Christian schools are about the only way to go now days.

    2. Andi says:

      I might be confused here. Are you alleging that a no hugging rule is liberal crap? Or the uproar that it’s caused is liberal crap?
      Either way, I see no liberal crap. i see an inappropriate/excessive way to deal with inappropriate touching on the school grounds.

  3. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    Fortunately for the teachers union, they were able to preserve molestation privileges of the kids for their members.

    1. Phil says:

      Well these perverts are punished by the union, they are in “rubber rooms” where they run their stock and real estate empires with full pay and benefits including days and summers off and all the perks one can only dream of…….. Harsh treatment I don’t think a decent human being can withstand this cruel punishment.

  4. James says:

    I worked at a school where we had problems with hugging. It was obnoxious. There were “hug lines” that would block the hallways after each and every class. It was full on groping. If they have not seen each other in a month, fine. But after every class. Every. Single. Class. Girls would groped, parents would complain, etc. Absolutley no standards in public in some schools. Now I work at a wonderful school with a *shock* no-hugging policy. It is conducive to a good environment. Been there, done that.

    1. Burke says:

      “Girls would groped, ”

      Not in the English Department, I’d guess. If they still teach English.

      1. ella funt says:

        Girls be groped.

    2. Daisy says:

      James, I understand and believe what you’re saying. Moreover, I agree w/you. And I can easily imagine what passes for ‘hugging’ in the hallways.

      Working people do not show up for work and hug their co-workers throughout the day, they work. And neither should students be hugging throughout their work day. It’s ridiculous.

      1. Ben says:

        Maybe that’s why people hate going to work? People should hug all day, every day and spread a little love in the world. Its a shame that some people find that concept so hard to incorporate into their lives …

    3. Melissa says:

      I agree.

    4. Diana says:

      ANYTHING in excess is no good. So if that was a situation at your old school then it should have been addressed as an issue due to the excess of it. Hugging is good, in moderation, like many other things in life.

  5. Southjaw says:

    The article is not complete. They don’t want them to hug, because they just want them to get straight to the sex act. Free condom distribution in room 310.

    1. Chicago Here says:

      Well said!

  6. GM says:

    Let me guess, you’re only allowed to “Like” your friends on Faceb**k? Who needs human interaction when you can have synthetic?

  7. Jadania says:

    This is silly (and outrageious). I lived in Brasil for 2-1/2 years and abracos were expected between friends and acquaintances. I had to become accustomed to the custom, but I think in the end, this custom shows friendship that our culture lacks.

    1. J Biden says:

      Ohhhhh, that chicken gonna bet your ass!

      Whups – there I go again!

  8. Dirk Diggler says:

    You can’t complain you Easterns love all of your unions….so enjoy what you have sowed!

    1. josh says:

      Amen Dirk….this nonsense is just further proof the teachers union NEA is full of power hungry moronic socialists…..lets see….kids cant read, kids cant write….but they can sag their pants b/c thats culture…no finger guns allowed with Cowboys and Indians b/c it promotes violence (oops sorry I said Indian is that racist?) ….no hugging allowed….no competition with winners and losers b/c it hurts others feelings….Cinco De mayo is cool but the pledge of Allegiance is Facist…cant fire a bad teacher b/c they have tenure…..and the list goes on…..Public Education today is horrible b/c the Union controling it is corrupt

  9. Segeny says:

    These posters need to spend some time in a public school to actually “learn” what the students are up to. I’ll wager that the “hugging” that led to the ban wasn’t the innocent ‘pat on the back’ type the foaming-at-the-mouth posters seem to believe. In fact, I’ll double the wager that it was more of what I’ve observed far too many times in the hallways of the schools – – body rubbing and groping. If you’ve seen any videos of the “dirty dancing” that many students perform (fornication with their clothes on), then you’ve seen what probably led to the ban. Visit a school and be shocked.

    1. Міша says:

      “Segeny”, I think, you lost your wager to the “upset mom”… Pay up.

      1. Segeny says:

        Wrong again, miwa — I am OWED by the loony upset mom who doesn’t have a clue.

        1. gary Simmons says:

          I say let them hug. It seems the alternative is shooting and stabbing. How many people get killed each day in America hugging. As for as the sex how many get pregnant with their clothes on standing in a public hall?

    2. Kat says:

      Are you seriously that ignorant?

    3. tyler says:

      then why wouldn’t they just ban “body rubbing and groping” instead of any and all hugs? it’s like if some kids are running around school singing a really dirty song, so the principal bans all forms of singing from everyone. you really can’t see the failure in logic here?

      1. ella funt says:

        Better yet.—Ban ALL children from school.–Save taxpayers s lot of money.

    4. MAMS student says:

      Actually… I go to this school and no one is that stupid as to grind or hump each other in the hallways. We have some decency.

      1. Diana says:

        Thank you MAMS student!

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  12. Blessed to be American says:

    Did you ever notice when they knowingly do something wrong, they can never be reached for comment?

  13. upset mom says:

    My daughter attends this school. She got in trouble for giving her best friend a hug after she disovered her father had cancer. This “rule” is beyond ridiculous and borders on bullying.

    1. Friends dont hug they french kiss says:

      There is a time and a place to hug .School is for learning .There was plenty of time after school to hug in a proper setting.

      1. Eric says:

        “There was plenty of time after school to hug in a proper setting.”

        …are you kidding me? So there needs to be a “proper setting” for kids to be able to hug one another? That is the most absurd thing I have heard. There is absolutely nothing wrong with one child giving another child a hug. But you know what, while they are at it lets make “rules” about kids shaking hand because they might be exchanging gang signs, and also what about high-fives… oh boy that is assault right there.

        That’s ridiculous, it seems to me this principal (or who ever decided that this no hug rule needed to be stated) doesn’t know how to handle what the real situation may be, and instead of coming up with a logical solution, they implemented what I’m going to label as a “Blanket Solution”. Why not just say any actions that may be viewed as inappropriate will not be tolerated, which I’m hoping they already have. I seriously doubt hugging is the cause of children not doing well in school. Those must be some SERIOUS hugs if they are distracting students and causing them to not focus on work. Someone is lacking serious leadership skills.

  14. Jibtaker2036 says:

    This ol’ hag of a principal needs to talk to a counselor about his past and why he is still a virgin. You my friend need a long hard look into your childhood. Its also a shame that kids have no say in anything. especially things that could really effect their future.

  15. SandyLester says:

    So seventh graders can hug, how weird.

  16. Jibtaker2036 says:

    Are we really to the point in America where you have to take away children’s freedoms because you were not loved as a child. This ol’ hag of a principal needs to talk to a counselor about his past and why he is still a virgin.

  17. bruce says:

    I think girls need to dress more modestly too. I generally don’t see boys walking around exposing their cleavage, so I don’t think girls should be allowed to. If women want equality, they should be required to dress to the same standards of modesty as the men.

    1. upset mom says:

      what does that have to do with hugging? You can only hug if you’re dressed like a Puritan?

    2. richhenk says:

      First off, men don’t have cleavage. Secondly I’m sure this school has swimming for PE and so the women should be able to attend topless yes?

      1. Mom64 says:

        The school does not have swimming. These are middle school kids, aged 11 – 13. You would not believe how some parents let their kids dress. Boys and girls in the halls behaving like something out of a MTV video.

        Sex ed is taught at an early age. They are blasted with sexual messages everywhere. Kids this young are declaring themselves gay and lesbian at 12 or 13. By the time they’re in high school, they determine they’re not or they’re “bi”.

        This no hugging rule is an attempt to slow down the overt sexual behavior being exhibited at the school. They’re trying to close the barn doors when the horses have already left.

    3. FusterCluck says:

      Bruce, you need to shut up. I, for one, happen to like cleavage.

  18. Upstate Dad says:

    I have children in the 3rd, 7th and 8th grades. I am considering home schooling primarily because there is too much “public affection” in their school. It is a distraction and it makes those who are not paired off uncomfortable. My 12 year old daughter (7th grade) has already been approached 3 times by boys who want to “date” her. Add to this that the school does not enforce the dress code so my 8th grade son has a day full of cleavage to ponder. A applaud a principle who is attempting to realistically try to focus on education.

    1. Jibtaker2036 says:

      Let me ask you sir did you not have days full of cleavage to ponder in highschool? Is there any thing wrong with a nice shirt that shows a little cleavage?

    2. JohnnyBill says:

      Your kids need to get a thick skin and not be “uncomfortable” about others’ actions in school. If they were busy reading in the library or studying, and not paying attention to what everyone else is doing, they would not even notice and just laugh it off.

    3. John Danielson says:

      Brilliant. Your daughter is either physically attractive enough to need to learn how to deal with men chasing her before she gets to college, or her personality and social skills attracted the attention and she won’t get practice at any of that being home schooled.

      Typical response will be “If you don’t have kids, you don’t know what you’re talking about!” I also had the sense not to get in a car, put it in gear, and floor it before I learned how to drive. I just hope you get good gas mileage out of that thing, because it sure is a clunker…

    4. Kat says:

      Hey, that’s a great idea. Isolate them from reality so that when they go to college or get a job in the real world they’ll have no clue. Then your daughter can be date raped because she’s never been properly socialized, your son will go completely wild, and they both will become drug addicts because they won’t even know what people are feeding them. Nice job, dad. Bury their heads in the sand, right along with your own.

    5. bobert says:

      it really didnt matter whether the cleavage was visible or not, guys were still pondering it. Teen years people… Hormone years. Puberty! wow… its like these things are new to all of you.

      Every boob, crotch, leg, butt, ear, eye, and nose gets examined and imagined by students during their high school years. The few that don’t have low hormone levels. Can we stop pretending to be something other than human.

    6. Daisy says:

      I’m with you, Upstate Dad.

    7. Upstate Dad says:

      You guys are right. I retract my previous support of the principle, and I now support a “zero dress code” policy.

    8. twocents says:

      So why are they not enforcing a dress code instead of placing a ban on hugging. And, why can’t the administration/teachers of this school be on top of the kids who are inappropriately hugging. How hard can it be for an ADULT to correct CHILDREN who are doing something inappropriate?? Isn’t that part of their job as “teachers”? To ban hugging across the board is just stupid and lazy!

      1. cheri says:

        Dress code may deem appropriate. However, here where my family lives, there is rarely less than a sweatshirt with a hood. To ban hugging is absolute nonsense. In this Aberdeen, the teens are struggling with a rise in suicide. Times are hard folks. And I for one think sometimes a hug says a lot more then sex, or inconvenient waste of time. I am sadly becoming more disturbed at the lack of humanity growing wildly in the world. For that. Big Hugs!

    9. Diana says:

      Upsate Dad, I am petty sure you meant to say UPSET but hey! If the school that your children attend is not enforcing it’s dress code then please take up the dress code enforcement up with the Principle. If your daughter is being approached at 12 years old, get over it, they probably have been wanting to approach her for longer. That is a reasonable age, make sure you instill morals in her and you shouldn’t have to worry about what choices she makes, however, PLEASE make sure that you continue to lend her an ear regardless of what she has to say. Hugging is one thing, anything more is exactly that, something more, whether it’s kissing, groping, or anything else should be addressed for being something other then hugging!

  19. LIBERTY NOW says:

    Walk with your head down, march on with your arms at your side as you go about your government run, Christ hating, prison.

  20. bruce says:

    I think some kids are using hugging as an excuse to grope. In any case, why do boys rarely hug boys? If it’s all supposed to be so inncoent, as so many hug supporters seem to think, why is hugging between boys relatively rare?

    It all points to something else being behind the hugging trend, and it’s not necessarily savory.

    1. Dana says:

      This is awesome, you’re brilliant. The rest of these people are ignorant. If only everyone was this smart.

      1. Dana says:

        This is terrible, you’re dumb. The rest of these people are geniuses. If only everyone was this idiotic.

    2. Susan says:

      Ya think?!?! These are teenagers, for crying out loud, what else do you think they’re interested in?? What the hell were YOU interested in during that part of your life? I don’t understand why it’s so difficult to haul in the individual, groping offenders and say “Knock it off!” instead of making these stupid across-the-board bans. Kids can’t be singled out anymore, they might be…I don’t know…damaged in some way. Punish the group, it’s the most convenient way. God forbid we act like adults or parents….

  21. LIBERTY NOW says:

    Walk with your head down, march on with your arms at your side as you go about your government run, Christ hating, marxist prison.

  22. Richard Z says:

    We are entering the Communist Totalitarian period of American Government. This is what the Constitution was written to prevent. Too many bureaucrats with too much power. Next step, you won’t be able to leave your house without being accompanied by a government safety and PC officer.

  23. lukuj says:

    Just read about schools where teachers are discouraging children from having best friends because they might get hurt when the friendship ends and might make others feel excluded. I guess that will be the next step for this school. I don’t think kids should be doing inappropriate sexualized hugging, but a brief hug for a friend who is having a bad day or just found out he/she failed the algebra test shouldn’t be very distracting as long as it isn’t during class.

  24. John C says:

    More evidence that liberalism (socialism/communism) is a mental disorder absent of common sense or rationality. It was liberals who promoted hugging in the 1980s as a touchy-feely way of communicating “I’m okay you’re okay, I accept you”. Now they want to reverse it but won’t say why. The mental disorder of liberalism renders one prone to insanity which often “progresses” into outright madness.

    1. JohnnyBill says:

      Carefull…some leftist is going to accuse you of being a hater and a crazy right-winger for telling the truth! The truth has no place in the mind of a liberal.

  25. belleboy says:

    I guess he will not be happy until his school is filled with little more than automatons. This P.C. crap has gone too far and must be tethered.

  26. Stacey says:

    Terrific! Less hugging and more studying. What’s with the hugging anyway? It’s not like they haven’s seen each other in years. We all know what the hugging is about. Get real!!

    1. Kat says:

      Yet another ignoramus.
      And you wonder why kids are hugging each other…look what they have for parents.

      1. Daisy says:

        Kat, assuming you’re not 12 and that you work for a living — when you go to your (presumably legal) workplace, are people “hugging” aka grinding into each other throughout the day? Or are they working?

        My tax dollars are not intended for your children to ‘hug’ in school but for them to work – as students.

  27. NJ parent says:

    Hold on! Apparently many of the prior posters have never heard of ‘friends with benefits’. This has been going on for over a decade. And at the middle school, and drifting downward. Sexting today is common among 12 year-olds. Anyone standing outside many schools today does see quite a bit of groping, extreme hugging, humping, etc. that goes far beyond an exuberant, consoling or even greeting type of hugging. Not sure what’s happening at this school. But let’s give the principal a little slack before we jump down his/her throat.

  28. Matt Bishop says:

    I’m so glad I went through these years back in the 1960’s. The Schools and their recent “zero-toerance” policies are about as asinine as it gets. Disgusting, simply disgusting.

  29. Tony Sailor says:

    Finally. Have any of you ever actually GONE to a school today and watched all of the hugging and groping going on. Enough is enough. Finish up with the hugging and crap and get thier noses back in the friggen books.

    1. Tracy Schillaci says:

      Gee Tony, do you need a hug?? Ever consider the consequences of bringing up a generation of kids void of the ability to show or express love and affection?

      You need to pull your own head out dude.

      1. DawnJ says:

        I think Tony is a prime example of what you get.

      2. Daisy says:

        You and your little friends are not in school to learn to show love and affection. Do that on your parent’s dime. My tax dollars are being spent so that you can get an education, not ‘hug’.

        And when you’re finished your homework and helping your parents around the house, go do some volunteer work for the less fortunate; that’s loving.

        1. Henry says:

          Just because a student gives their friend a hug between passing periods doesn’t mean that your tax dollars are going down the toilet! Tony and Daisy calm down and pull your heads out!

      3. J Biden says:

        What does this have to do with hugging? Are you an idiot?

        Whups – there I go again!

  30. Norbert G. Ginsel says:

    I am appalled, not only at this, but also that the Sun (UK) reports that BFF’s are forbidden in their schools. This is to promote mental tranquility and avoid disappointment when the inevitable spat occurs.

    You can’t make this stuff up, but Liberals are always there to do it for you.

    1. NooYawkah says:

      I understand that students who go through all four years without obtaining a best friend get a trophy.

  31. MichaelL says:

    Every kid in that school should go and hug two friends a day for the next week. Let’s see the administration put them all on detention and explain it to all the parents.
    What a bunch of a–hats.

    1. clease says:

      That’s what happened when I was in school. The school would come up with some rediculous policy and the student body would protest it and see if they would suspend a whole bunch of kids for it. The school always backed down because it would have been a PR nightmare. Want a school policy, here’s one, make the jocks actually be acountable when they screw up and not put so much focus on the big game. Or have less teachers with god complexes teaching. Or even focus on teaching classes that actually matter when u graduate. Cinima appreciation, come on now.

      1. The Grammar Nazi says:

        Ridiculous. The word is ‘ridiculous’.

        1. The Grammar Nazi says:

          Sorry, I just did a spell check. It’s actually spelled “redeculis.”

  32. Tammy Kuiper says:

    I agree this is crazy but are you aware that there are NJ middle schools that don’t allow touching at all?! Not even if a friend is hurt or crying are they allowed to so much as put a hand on their shoulder for comfort. I know this for a fact because a friend’s son was standing behind two other friends as they worked on a homework problem. He was leaning over looking at what one of them was writing and put his hand on one boy’s shoulder as he was leaning and was called out by a teacher and sent for detention. We are teaching our kids the wrong things by allowing school administrators to establish rules that do nothing but make their lives easier at the expense of our children’s social education.

    1. Henry says:

      That’s ridiculous! Exactly! School isn’t just about an acedemic education, it’s also where kids learn to interact with people their own age. That’s why a lot of home schooled kids are so socially awkward.

  33. Comrade Jeff says:

    Comrades! Comrades! Please! Mother Government knows what is best for her children. When you, as parents, send her children to the Government Indoctrination Camps, you must understand that Dear Mother will raise them well for you. We cannot expect that you will have the time to instill morals and world views while being a productive earner for Dear Mother. Please, do not worry. Dear Mother cares for her children.

    Oh, by the way… Your papers, please, Comrade?

    1. Roger Waters says:

      Tear Down The Wall….

    2. linrn says:

      Yes. Remember the “It takes a village to raise a child” first lady? No thanks. I can raise my kids quite well, thank you.

    3. artemis133 says:

      We don’t need no education.

      We don’t need no thought control.

      No dark sarcasm in the classroom.

      Teachers, leave them kids alone…

  34. Ed Fdnyretiree says:

    I can’t let you know what I think of these liberals. You’d ban me from commenting ever again.

  35. Voice says:

    School is nothing but taxpayer supported babysitters.

    1. wiley Coyote says:

      Send those dirty huggers to the reindoctrination camp where they will be forced to watch CBS and MSNBC nonstop for six weeks. Then send them to the beet farm in New Jerseystan for a year.

      1. Shannon says:

        you can’t send them to the beet farm. The govt either just passed a law or wrote a bill to ban chilrden from using farm equipment even if it is on a family members farm. True story…look it up.

        1. clease says:

          texas is rebelling against that one.

  36. Robert Ryan says:

    This school Principal is a Puritanical creep, likely as not a Christian Fundamentalist Fascist! It was swine like him who caused the student riots in American schools in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s!

  37. Jim says:

    When I was in public high school 50 years ago, a boy was not allowed to put a finger on a girl. We could not touch girls. That was a wonderful rule and stopped the problems before they started.

  38. El Conquistador says:

    Banning an activity outright because a few people abuse that activity is draconian, excessive and illogical.
    I think all “zero tolernace” policies fall under this category – kids getting suspended for handing out tic tacs that somebody thought were pills, misconstrued threatening language causing expulsions, and on and on.
    This is nanny state in its essence:
    Make up sweeping rules to control large groups, no individualism, no situational explanations. Easy-to-enforce policies.

  39. Big Ron says:

    Drugs not hugs!

  40. Bill says:

    NO hugging! NO anything that could be considered bullying! NO sharing food, your friend could be allergic!

    Basically walk in like robots, sit at your desk, and then leave. Best to not even talk to anyone.

  41. nygrump says:

    You’re talking about children. You are a depraved person.

    1. Deb says:

      As a former high school teacher, I can speak to the fact that as nice as hugging is, it can be used as a time waster and a diversion. The issue is probably not the hugging, but the appropriate time and place. Unfortunately, too many students come to school unequipped with proper boundaries and therefore it can pose problems for teachers. Our job becomes teaching these skills as well as math, science and reading. How many “friends” does a student in a class of 30 get to hug before we can all begin class? I hope people can see beyond the headline.

  42. Danny says:

    The principal had no friends growing up and had his luch money stolen all through school. He’ll be damned if anyone is going to have any time of fun during his reign.

    There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind why this country is going to hell in a handbag. This moron is a classic example of what is wrong.

  43. Joe says:

    I think the principal is just a poor lonely fellow/woman who needs a hug.

  44. Chris G. says:

    No hugging allowed…Interesting! I guess the principal rather have the kids beating the snot out of each other

  45. Sick of Educators says:

    I think this principal is pathetic. It just keeps getting worse and worse.
    I am starting to think we are on the way to a land of NO NO NO.
    It kind of sounds like the old Soviet Union.

    Parents should rise up and if the Board does not fire this principal then
    the parents should vote the Board out and vote a new Board in.

    People who run our schools and influence our kids are becoming sickening.
    Parents cannot allow their intrusion into our kids lives.

    1. Susan says:

      Parents and teachers need to work TOGETHER because all of these crazy across-the-board bans stem from a few whackjob parents who sue the school because someone looked cross-eyed at their pwecious wittle one. Teachers and administrators cannot discipline individually anymore for fear of litigation. They constantly deal with parents who refuse to believe their child acts out, breaks rules, or behaves like anything but a perfect angel. No, it’s much safer to enact a “no hugs whatsoever” policy than call home to Mary’s parents that Mary is groping her boyfriend in the hallway. Mary’s father has big bucks, he’ll sue the school for defamation of character, and who has time for that when the State Tests are less than a month away?

  46. Gordo says:

    What’s wrong with the 7th graders?

    1. clease says:

      lol!!!! I was thinking the same thing!

      1. Use Deordorant says:

        Well complaints of body odor among the 7th grade is amazing.They seem not to wash so when they hug the armpit odor flows thru the hallways.You can surely understand the need for ban on hugging.

  47. ToeJam says:

    WoW! Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe they are using the hugging technique as a way to cover up dry humping ?!

    1. G. Frost says:

      Please be joking. You made up a reason kids MIGHT be hugging (i.e. no evidence to back up this claim) and that justifies banning it? Really?

      Are these kids hugging during the class and disrupting it? The story doesn’t say anything to that effect. Think for yourself. Don’t blindly support people in positions of “authority”.

    2. Bob Smithson says:

      you’re a Perv.

    3. Danny says:

      Yep, it’s been confirmed. You’re an idiot.

    4. the Mole says:

      Whatsamatter with a little dry humping, between friends?

  48. rabble rouser says says:

    Does this apply to the pervert teachers as well

    1. Bob Smithson says:


  49. Judy says:

    Suggestion…Parents in this school districted should go to the next Board of Education meeting and get this idiot principal fired! What’s next?! I’m telling my kids to go to school and hug all their friends tomorrow!

  50. val says:

    This world is in serious trouble if you can’t hug your friends anymore! I think the principal wasn’t loved as a child!

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