Free Hugs? I Think Not.

May 28, 2009

“Touching and physical contact is very dangerous territory,” said Noreen Hajinlian, the principal of George G. White School, a junior high school in Hillsdale, N.J., who banned hugging two years ago. “It was needless hugging — they are in the hallways before they go to class. It wasn’t a greeting. It was happening all day.”

                (via NY Times, For Teenagers, Hello Means ‘How About a Hug?’)

Apparently, hugs are more complicated than I initially thought; more like a pandemic than a panacea. (Muahaha, the powers of thesaurus.com!) Parents are pretty bitter about it: “’Maybe it’s because all these kids do is text and go on Facebook so they don’t even have human contact anymore,’ said Dona Eichner, the mother of freshman and junior girls at the high school in Montvale.'” What a strange world it is we live in! It keeps changing, but it is always strange. Even bromance gets a shout-out in this article.

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