The latest policy at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School has become a cause of concern for some parents, CBS New York reports.
A ban on hugging in the school was issued by the school’s principal last week via loudspeaker following what was seen as an excessive amount of hugging and physical contact by sixth and eighth graders, CBS reported.
The district says Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Tyler Blackmore made an announcement that students were in a “no hugging school” following some “incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions.”
School Superintendent David Healy says the district has the responsibility to teach children about appropriate interactions.
The superintendent says despite the rule, students who hug will not be suspended.