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Unbanning Hugs

In response to the article I linked last night, I've just sent this message to the Free Hugs Campaign:

I recently read this article in the New York Times --- http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/style/28hugs.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&hp --- about how junior high and high school students have increasingly been hugging as a greeting, which itself makes me feel good about how the world could be.

Yet the same article mentions that "schools from Hillsdale, N.J., to Bend, Ore., [...] have banned hugging or imposed a three-second rule." I think we need to mobilize against this kind of antisocial nonsense. The article mentions that Noreen Hajinlian, principal of the George G. White junior high school in Hillsdale, N.J., banned hugging two years ago for fear of sexual harassment issues and in keeping with rules against public displays of affection.

The article only talks about schools in the U.S.A., but this could be a spreading problem if we don't work against it as quickly as we can. I think we should learn which schools are putting hug restrictions in place, and we should see about organizing peaceful hug protests outside the boundaries of school property. Get Free Hugs people rallying as close to these schools as possible in protest of those restrictions and to offer hugs to the people who want them but can't during the day of classes.

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kitten_goddess
May. 30th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
I am so glad kids are hugging! Kids at my school did not hug unless they were dating. They got pregnant and got in fights instead.
aekiy
May. 30th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Yes, that is unfortunately common. I think people should look at hugging for what it is, rather than being paranoid and ruining life for everyone based on the fear of what so few might do.
rmash1948
May. 30th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
It makes me wonder where such people are coming from. The folks who can look at curved and straight lines (much like those Rorschach images/blots) and say "OMG! That's a picture of two young kids having sex! We have to STOP this!" Or saying that hugging leads to other negative things. Are these people for real? Or are they simply trying to shove their own paranoia down the rest of the world's throats. Maybe they're the same folks who believe that babies come out from under cabbage leaves...

Your hugging idea is awesome, sweetie. I'm a hugger anyway, so it's no problem for me to see someone who looks a little down and give them a hug.
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