Hugging Banned in the Hallways of an Illinois Middle School

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Didn’t know hugging was such a rage for middle schoolers these days…apparently a big problem at an Oak Park, Illinois, middle school.

It is amazing how stupid some policies can be…wouldn’t an announcement over the PA been sufficient? Something like, “Please pass through the hallways quickly in between class times. We need to avoid lateness to classes. Thank you.”

This from Chicago Sun-Times

Hugging is now off limits at an Oak Park middle school.

The new policy went into effect at Percy Julian Middle School last month because of administrators’ concerns that so-called “hug lines” in the hallways were making students late for class and causing bottlenecks in the halls, according to WBBM-Channel 2.

Percy Julian Principal Victoria Sharts told the station hugging is “more appropriate for airports or for family reunions than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls.”

Sharts also said some hugs between students were “too long, too close and usually between boys and girls.”

The school’s 860 students are not allowed to hug anywhere inside the building.

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10 thoughts on “Hugging Banned in the Hallways of an Illinois Middle School

  1. i go to this school and just for your info the school also banned most high fives, you can’t put your arm over their shoulders, and if they see us running on school property we get a detention

  2. Student, where on EARTH are you getting your information? The school has not banned high-fives. But wow– one student said that they did and now everybody believes it! Then came the reporter asking about our hugging ban WHICH DOES NOT EXIST. Such is the power of a rumor. It would be terrific if students could learn to evaluate their sources of information before believing them and immediately becoming outraged at perceived slights that exist noplace but in the student’s own mind. Furthermore, there is not enough space for running– I’ve had a student wearing a sling for two weeks because of another student who smacked into her while running. So yeah, stop running around like a fool. Get over it. Run around after school instead of spending so much time sitting in front of your computer, because we can’t do anything about the lack of space outside our building.

  3. I have to disagree with ALOT of what teacher posted above:

    1. “Student, where on EARTH are you getting your information? The school has not banned high-fives. But wow– one student said that they did and now everybody believes it! Then came the reporter asking about our hugging ban WHICH DOES NOT EXIST.”

    Apperently it DOES! Or the girl would NOT have gotten a detention for hugging(displaying affection) a friend, let alone on the news. About the high fives, a student could of been told by another teacher to not high five anymore(and this teacher isnt/wont say the reason behind this). So HOW can this be in the students own mind IF they were asked by another teacher to NOT do those things?

    2.”I’ve had a student wearing a sling for two weeks because of another student who smacked into her while running. So yeah, stop running around like a fool. Get over it.”

    This was a accident from what I see. Accidents happen ALL the time even when kids run or not, sporting events and home as well! Lack of space is NOTHING to do with getting a sprain or broken limb or even a HUG!Being late to class yes I understand but Id rather see a person/child hug another classmate then to see a classmate hitting and beating up another. Telling the student to “get over it” and “So yeah” bit, is just a act of immaturity IMHO.

    3.”Run around after school instead of spending so much time sitting in front of your computer, because we can’t do anything about the lack of space outside our building.”

    Some students(more then you prolly think) have/do sports and other activites. you say you cant do anything about the space in your building. Isnt that what the school board meetings for, to better your school and community?These opinions and expressions of interests CAN be discussed there at the meetings as well( my daughters uncle is ON our local school board). So really it ISNT the students fault for not having enough room in the building now is it?

    I think you should take a strong look at what your options are before jumping on another student in your school or take your course over again if that IS the way you talk to your students, I sure dont want you to teach my daughter in the “Its all your fault” ways.

  4. I for one agree with this. It’s about time they banned hugging. They need to follow through with the ban though; high-fives, eye-contact, smiling, and casual conversation also need to be removed from schools.

  5. I am a parent in Texas with a child in elementary and a child in Junior High. I realize as the kids get older, so do their hormones. But, as I remember it, the more someone told you not to do something you did it. I think to ban hugging is wrong. A child goes to school to get an education. Ban hugging…………but yet you start to teach children in the 4th grade sex education!!!! Don’t you think that is calling the kettle black. I also agree that a teacher needs to respect their students to get their respect back. Prayer was banned………..and we wander what this world is coming too. If you ask me I think they should all turn to God and lead our future into something worth having instead of wasting time banning silly things. Life is too short to waste time. May god be with that 13 year old girl who was given detention for an act of kindness. Let her turn to God in this time and not let her heart turn to stone! With god all things are possible.

  6. Wow, this rule sucks. I hug my friends all the time and teachers don’t care. My school is better than that. Please allow hugging in your school if you are a principal reading this article and some of the comments above are right, they are spoken proffessionally, allow hugging and affection, it makes you more human.

  7. At least your school makes the rules and enforces them. You should see the junor high in Oswego. The boys run around and hit, squeeze, pinch the girl’s behinds and grap their breasts. The teachers see the stuff, they do nothing about it. No one wants to snitch, because then they make fun of you. Maybe you should be glad, because now they’re pulling pants down on the girls.

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