Are hugs outlawed in Vicksburg schools?

Melissa and Dean Coulter met with officials of the Mascoutah (Illinois) School District 19 this week to discuss the two detentions given their daughter, Megan, for hugging friends goodbye for the weekend. School officials said the eighth grader violated a policy banning public displays of affection.


How do you feel about the “no public display of affection” policy? How about Vicksburg’s schools – is such a policy in place?

Published in: on November 13, 2007 at 4:34 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I think it’s ridiculous to ban hugging as a PDA. If they are French kissing and feeling each other up, that’s one thing, but hugging? Hugs are proven to make someone feel better. The ‘officials’ obviously have too much time on their hands and nothing better to do.

  2. I agree, Joan. There is obviously a big difference in hugging a friend hello or goodbye that the sexual type of hugs and kisses. I suppose, in their defense, they are thinking they have to draw the line somewhere. I guess they can’t very well judge when a hug is a hug and when it is a HUG! Unfortunately, in this day and time with so many lawsuits at the drop of a hat, one could say they were showing partiality if they allow a hug to two people and not allow a HUG to two other people. It sounds silly, but I think you understand what I’m saying.

    When we were in high school, it was different. We knew what we were and were not supposed to do because our parents taught us. Now, some kids don’t get taught manners and discipline at home and they think anything is alright anytime. We live in a different world. I suppose lines have to drawn, even those which we feel are silly ones. That is because there are those who don’t know the difference in right and wrong or because they think they can get away with it. And they do!

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