School Ban Treats Hugs Like Drugs

By on January 19, 2011

While I’m sure watching young teens in love is incredibly annoying to witness every day at work, is there really a reason for a school to outright ban hugs and most forms of touching? Seems extreme to me, but that’s exactly what a school in New England did and the students are not taking it.

One of the students has written a petition against this no-hug policy and it is so well written that it immediately restored my faith in the education system. My faith occasional waivers and that’s usually after I watch an episode of Jersey Shore. Thank goodness for the internet. Anyway. The petition covers the importance of hugs in relationship bonding, how making decisions for oneself is part of growing up, plus the effect of a touching ban — save for handshakes — has on school.

Imposing limits on interpersonal relationships merely divides “school” and “life” into separate and often warring factions. This further alienates many teens who already fail to find much real-world meaning in school. School should be a holistic place in which social as well as academic needs are met. If we’re expected to integrate education into our lives, we should be allowed to bring our lives into our place of education.

Like some kids don’t already have a hard time with school, creating rules similar to a maximum security prison doesn’t make it any more attractive.

If they had this kind of policy at my school, I would have been expelled within the first hour of attendance. What can I say? I’m a hugger.

So far there is no word on the outcome but this bad mom really hopes the ban is lifted. Based on the well thought out points in the petition, there is hope that the policy will be re-examined for it’s extreme ways. Personally I think that student has a future in policy reform. It’s either that or student protesting. Viva la resistance!

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Katie blogs at her personal site motherbumper and is also co-founder of The Bad Moms Club. Add in an extremely active 6 year old and she figures she'll sleep when she’s dead.


  1. Crystal says:

    If I am not mistaken a no hugging (technically no touching period) ban has been in effect at all Ontario public schools for years.

    Part of the zero tolerance policies, a hug is punishable the same as a punch. Thankfully most schools seem to use common sense.