Sweet smoking Judas, you’ve gotta be kidding me. Mesa Public Schools has instituted a No Hugging Policy?
A group of Shepherd Junior High School students in east Mesa protested a new school policy banning student hugs with a giant group hug on Friday.
Students waited until school was dismissed before gathering across the street from the campus to begin hugging each other and then chanting, “We want hugs.”
Some kids sat on the shoulders of their friends during the display.
The public display of affection and chanting came at 3:45 p.m. and lasted about 20 minutes.
Neither principal Eileen Cahoon nor Kathy Bareiss, spokeswoman for Mesa Public Schools, immediately returned calls seeking comment about the new anti-hugging policy and student reaction to it.
The new rule was announced Wednesday.
One student, 14-year-old Chelsea Burnham, said she had to serve an hour detention Thursday after the new rule for hugging a friend. She also was forced to read the school’s new “public display of affection” policy.
Detention for hugging?! Words fail me. If they don’t change this, someone better be out of a job.
UPDATE: Welcome Hot Air readers — make yourself at home! Drinks are in the fridge.
UPDATE #2: The principal has backed down! Kind of. An update is here.
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February 29th, 2008 by admindude