I read this morning that there is a school in VA that does not allow ANY contact between students. A family is challenging the ruling after their child (Hal Beaulieu) put his arm around his girlfriend.
I'm sorry, I just don't see the point in not letting kids put their arms around each other. I suppose if there it goes to far or if a "wardrobe malfunction" is imminent then perhaps someone could step in, but other than that, I just don't see it.
I particularly like this quote:
School officials say the rule helps keep crowded hallways and lunchrooms safe and orderly, and ensures that all students are comfortable
Yeah....I was a real blackboard jungle candidate when I put my around Robin Siade. She was the first girl I had ever asked to "go with me" (where I have no idea) and was also the first girl I put my arm around.
I remember I did it while she was eating....which I'm sure was probably a little "uncomfortable" and therefore a violation of the school's code, but nevertheless, I loved it. Maybe a good idea is for the parents to encourage their children to talk to them if they are uncomfortable and for the administrators to help them feel ok to talk about it.
On the other hand, I guess this is a living example of why laws are made because the presumption is we're clueless to act respectfully without them. And of course by making that presumption you only further fuel the desire to do what they are telling us not to do....