Student Suspended Hugging
November 4, 2011 by staff
Student Suspended Hugging, For someone who has been out of school long enough to be beyond the meeting at once to 10 years (and the fact that I did not want to go), I do a lot of thinking about bullying. Such is the life of one of both parents blogger. But I think I’m finally starting to see a pattern.
You know what’s come to light at the same time that bullying has introduced its way into the national zeitgeist? The war on PDA in our schools. Kindergartners will be expelled for kissing. And now Nick Crescente, an honor roll student at Central Florida, has been suspended from school for daring to come to the arms and shelter to a friend in a hug.
Suspended. A hug. A hug that was not nasty or inappropriate. Only two arms around a companion.
No wonder children are so good at what they feel like sh*t. They are not allowed to do the opposite!
Crescente mom says the school rules are too general and should not be suspended. But I wonder why there rules against hugging at all … in any school.
As simple as it can be a gesture, a hug can go a long way toward making someone feel less alone, especially in the difficult teenage years when a child can not even recognize her own body, forget their self-esteem. However, the embrace was puritan trapped in fear that any form of physical contact immediately send these hormonal teenagers running to the janitor’s closet, the closest to get Freak Nasty. As a mother of a daughter, I am in favor of teen pregnancy prevention.
But I will not buy the whole “embrace as gateway drugs” spiel. I was a hugger in high school, just for the reason stated above – I felt like crap about myself, and get some action of the arm always made me feel better. I managed to keep my pants quite well, thankyouverymuch.
The irony of all this is if you look at the root of bullying, many children are not attacking the evil at the center. They are miserable teens see no way out, so they do not what other people feel worse off. Is a circle, and could break if school administrators will put aside their fear of the emotions of teenagers of the best of them and treat children as fragile creatures, developing them.
A child who gives a girl a hug, does not deserve to be suspended for it. She deserves a pat on the back to show a little kindness in one of the few places that none of us remember finding it.
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