Your Daily WTF: Schoolgirl Given Detention for Hugging a Classmate

Girls hugging

It’s one thing to read about how hugging has been banned in some schools. It’s a whole other thing to read about how a 12-year-old was actually punished for doing it (according to Australia’s Herald Sun).

A school in New Jersey put the kibosh on hugging earlier this year because ofsome incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions between students.” A school in Western Australia also put in effect a “blanket rule” on the act of affection after “excessive hugging . . . left some students with bruises and others feeling left out.”

One sane person in the latter situation — a mom — is demanding an apology after her daughter received detention after what amounted to an act of kindness — giving her friend a “quick hug” after the school bell rang.

The school’s principal defended the rule, saying, “some children received bruised ribs from an over-enthusiastic hug.”

“This behavior was getting out of control with students hugging each other several times a day, and this was becoming disruptive to classes,” said acting principal Gemma Preston of the Adam Road Primary School in Bunbury.

Oh no! Hugging several times a day! What kind of demons are these children? The nerve! The affection! Those bruised ribs! From hugging! It’s criminal! Quick — stop teaching and start policing those huggers. The show will show them what’s right and what’s wrong.

That some kids continued to display their affection even after the rule went into effect put administrators into hyper-drive-policing mode in order for them to prove they mean business when they create rules.

Sadly, but perhaps not surprisingly, hugging is hardly the lone ridiculous school ban to be enacted in 2012. Click here for a list of many, many more ridiculous school bans.

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