School bans all form of touching—including high-fives. - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Free Your Mind > Free Your Mind Archive
Click Here to Login
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-19-2007, 11:42 AM   #1
Self-righteous bullshitter
 
BoMac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Soviet Canuckistan — Socialist paradise
Posts: 16,664
Local Time: 01:41 AM
School bans all forms of touching—including high-fives.

Quote:
No-touching policy at Virgiania school forbids student hugs, high-fives

Mon Jun 18, 5:56 PM

VIENNA, Va. (AP) - A show of affection almost landed a teenage boy in detention.

Hugging was 13-year-old Hal Beaulieu's crime when he sat next to his girlfriend at lunch a few months ago and put his arm around her shoulder. He was let off with a warning, but the cost of a repeat offence could be detention.

A rule against physical contact at Kilmer Middle School, about 20 kilometres west of Washington, is so strict that students can be sent to the principal's office for hugging, holding hands or even high-fiving.

"I think hugging is a good thing," said Hal, a seventh-grader. "I put my arm around her. It was like for 15 seconds. I didn't think it would be a big deal."

Unlike some schools, which ban fighting or inappropriate touching, Kilmer Middle School bans all touching.

But that doesn't seem necessary to Hal and his parents. They've sent a letter asking the county school board to review the rule.

But at a school of 1,100 students that was meant to accommodate 850, school officials think touching can turn into a big deal. They've seen pokes lead to fights, gang signs in the form of handshakes and girls who are uncomfortable being hugged but embarrassed to say anything.

"You get into shades of grey, " Kilmer Principal Deborah Hernandez said. "The kids say, 'If he can high-five, then I can do this.' "

Hernandez said the no-touching rule is meant to ensure that students are comfortable and that crowded hallways and lunchrooms stay safe. She said school officials are allowed to use their judgment in enforcing the rule. Typically, only repeat offenders are reprimanded.
__________________

__________________

BoMac is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 11:46 AM   #2
Blue Crack Supplier
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 30,343
Local Time: 12:41 AM
"If I'm allowed to high five that person, I can punch him too!"
__________________

__________________
phillyfan26 is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 11:49 AM   #3
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Band-aid
 
2861U2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: watching the Cubs
Posts: 4,251
Local Time: 12:41 AM
Oh my God.
__________________
2861U2 is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 12:09 PM   #4
Rock n' Roll Doggie
FOB
 
JanuaryStar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: World of Dreams
Posts: 9,159
Local Time: 07:41 AM
Wow, that it really had to come to this. What happened to trust these days, people?

I mean I'm sure that a lot of bad things happen at schools, but this has just gone too far. Children just can't be children anymore.
__________________
JanuaryStar is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 12:12 PM   #5
Blue Crack Addict
 
unico's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Rage Ave.
Posts: 18,747
Local Time: 12:41 AM
i can't remember if the cooties were still running rampant during middle school.
__________________
unico is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 12:26 PM   #6
Blue Crack Addict
 
U2democrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: England by way of 'Murica.
Posts: 22,140
Local Time: 05:41 AM
Oh PLEASE!!!!!!!! Why don't we just put all the kids in bubbles to keep them safe from booboos?
__________________
U2democrat is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 12:38 PM   #7
ONE
love, blood, life
 
snowbunny00774's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: londonontario
Posts: 12,298
Local Time: 01:41 AM
Poor babies, they'll just have to resort to spitting if they want to fight.
__________________
snowbunny00774 is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 12:55 PM   #8
Blue Crack Addict
 
MrsSpringsteen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 24,979
Local Time: 12:41 AM
Well it does say that officials are allowed to use their judgment in enforcing it. I can see how touching could lead to problems, and how some kids don't want to be touched but are afraid to say it. As long as it's wanted and welcome hugging is good for you- there's something sad and sort of creepy about not being allowed to touch. Most kids know where the line is and what's appropriate if they've been raised to know that. But kids will be kids sometimes and you don't want the touching to get to the level of harassment-or sex in class
__________________
MrsSpringsteen is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 12:58 PM   #9
Refugee
 
XHendrix24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,496
Local Time: 12:41 AM
OH MY GOD.

I can't even imagine all of the fuss I'd be making about this if it was a school near me. How shit like this can FLY in some places, I have no idea.
__________________
XHendrix24 is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 02:25 PM   #10
BVS
Blue Crack Supplier
 
BVS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: between my head and heart
Posts: 40,667
Local Time: 11:41 PM
Howie Mandel would love it...
__________________
BVS is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 02:31 PM   #11
ONE
love, blood, life
 
JCOSTER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: It's a very, very mad world.
Posts: 14,971
Local Time: 12:41 AM
They did this in my school too! My kids were outraged. My kids and their friends hug alot, pat each other on the back etc. I think its absurd.

Instead of teaching kids not to hit or punch or push, it's easier for them to just say no touching at all.
__________________
JCOSTER is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 02:44 PM   #12
Breakdancing Soul Pilgrim
 
UberBeaver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: the most serious...douch hammer ever
Posts: 20,318
Local Time: 12:41 AM
NO TOUCHING!

__________________
UberBeaver is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 05:12 PM   #13
Blue Crack Addict
 
joyfulgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 16,615
Local Time: 10:41 PM
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
__________________
joyfulgirl is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 05:36 PM   #14
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Band-aid
 
maycocksean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: The Most Important State in the Union
Posts: 4,882
Local Time: 12:41 AM
And yet nobody's bothered to address the reasons WHY this particular school has chosen this particular policy? I'm not saying I agree with it, but it's quite obvious from the article that the school didn't arbitrarily come up with some draconian policy just to demonstrate their totalitarian power.

I guess as a teacher I understand where policies like this can come from as well as recoginizing the potential for foolish enforcement.
__________________
maycocksean is offline  
Old 06-19-2007, 05:55 PM   #15
Blue Crack Addict
 
joyfulgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 16,615
Local Time: 10:41 PM
Quote:
Originally posted by maycocksean
And yet nobody's bothered to address the reasons WHY this particular school has chosen this particular policy? I'm not saying I agree with it, but it's quite obvious from the article that the school didn't arbitrarily come up with some draconian policy just to demonstrate their totalitarian power.

I guess as a teacher I understand where policies like this can come from as well as recoginizing the potential for foolish enforcement.
Before I could address why they've done this, I'd need to know what other measures to address the problem were exhausted first.
__________________

__________________
joyfulgirl is offline  
 

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com