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Principal Bans Hugs

9:00 AM -- From the "power hungry administrators on the path to promote misery" files, we have Victoria Sharts, the principal who has officially banned hugging from school hallways:

    Schools just say no to bullying and fighting, but hugging? CBS 2 West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli reports that a local middle school wants the embracing to stop.

    "Last year we would see maybe as many as 10 students on one side (of the hallway), 10 on the other and then, going in opposite directions, would sort of have a hug line going on and you could see where that would be a problem," said Victoria Sharts, principal of Oak Park's Percy Julian Middle School.

    So this year Sharts decided to draw the line on hug lines by banning all hugging among students within the building.

Sharts's secret ulterior motive: "If the students stop hugging each other, maybe they'll finally start hugging me..."

    Sharts said, "Hugging is really more appropriate for airports or for family reunions than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls."

    Sharts said the hug ban is just one element of a comprehensive discipline and anti-bullying plan. High-fiving in the hallways is also frowned upon.

Yes. We should all be wary of the hugging, high-fiving bullies.

— Red Panda, Light Reading

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