When the 900 students at Matawan-Aderdeen Middle School see each other in the morning a sturdy hand shake or maybe a high five will have to suffice, hugs are out.
Tyler Blackmore the schools principal made an announcement that students were now in a “no hugging school”. This following what Blackmore deemed some “incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions”.
The School Superintendent David Healy says the New Jersey district has a responsibility to teach children about appropriate interactions. Healy does point out that even with the rule, students who hug, will not be suspended.
One student told NBCNewYork, “It makes our school look bad, and it makes our school look like we do more than hug, but we do not.”
The students are sixth to eighth graders and range from 11-14 years of age.
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