Hug Ban

Monday, April 5, 2010
Posted in category Public School Prisons

A Portland school recently banned hugging.

…the principal of West Sylvan Middle School, Allison Couch, issued the ban because the hugging was so disruptive that students could not pass each other in the hallway without a hug and were often late to classes because of a lengthy embrace.  Sometimes students would run down the hall to meet a friend and hug, an action that some found intolerable.  Additionally, there were reports of hugging being used as a form of mockery. In once instance, two eighth-grade girls hugged a seventh-grade boy, which was believed to be a mean-spirited way of hazing.

…It seems that it would be easier to enforce or perhaps modify “common sense” guidelines, including showing respect for classmates, teachers and staff while at school.  It is possible that the students’ rambunctious behavior, bullying, and insincere hugs could be curtailed with punishments, such as detention.

I agree that some ‘hugging’ can indeed be mean, and a form of mockery. From a libertarian, non-aggression perspective, the important question isn’t brought up: is the hug invited and/or approved on the part of the person being hugged? If so, it’s a voluntary action to accept the hug and its consequences, even if the intention is mockery. If the person wards off an attempted hug, that is a message to the hugger that the action is not invited, and a further attempt at hugging – or grabbing/holding on to another person – is an act of aggression. Yet the article only stresses the importance of emotional expressions, and what would make the students (collectively) feel best.

Public schooling always = no emphasis on the individual. And most certainly, all emphasis is on feeling, not thinking.

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6 Responses to Hug Ban

  1. Joe says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Why does government school always equate to no emphasis on the individual child? Because the state’s methods are control and domination. Why is feeling more encouraged than thinking? Because control and domination work more effectively against emotional responses, rather than rational one.

    The end. ;)

  2. liberranter says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Given the advanced state of nihilist insanity that grips the government’s indoctrination detention centers (think “zero tolerance”), such episodes of lunacy are to be expected. We can also probably assume that this ban will be enforced with a severity not characteristic of enforcement of the bans on violence and drugs, both of which permeate these dysfunctional institutions.

    With any luck, West Sylvan Middle School students are still not thoroughly indoctrinated and brainwashed to the point where one of the more courageous among them won’t organize a mass “hug in” to protest this nonsense. After all, what’s the worst that could happen as a result? Suspension or expulsion? Either of these would be a blessing tantamount to an early release from prison that would considerably improve the students’ safety and emotional and physical health.

  3. Tom Osborne says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    They’re all just going mad, the students and the authorities. Imagine using hugging as hazing, or hugging as a noticeable interruption to the daily routine, or wholly banning a particular single behavior that has many motivations and meanings (that’s like banning talking, because some people use it to hurl insults or get lost in conversation and therefore end up late to class). Since this took place in Oregon, I couldn’t help but think of the wonderful Gus Van Sant movie, “Elephant”, which very artistically depicts life in a school the day of a “Columbine-type” shooting, which was filmed in Portland, Oregon using real students instead of actors. It’s very clear that the point of movie is how insane the whole system is…it’s a “rat habitat”.

  4. clark says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Tweet Tweet the hug ban… there’s a song in there somewhere.

  5. Jeannie Queenie says:

    April 8th, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Too bad these teachers below didn’t think to limit their touchy feely sessions to simple hugging. Who would want to let their kid go to school knowing this could be waiting for them in class? This teacher has ‘show and tell’ photos showing how much he loved to ‘hug his students’, er, have sex with them.
    http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/story/Teacher-kept-photos-of-him-having-sex-with-girls/TUo9SK1GnUeT9Hpgo7LK5w.cspx

    And then this high school band teacher wanted to blow his own horn thusly..

    According to his arrest affidavit, between September and December of 2008, McLean wrestled a 15-year-old student to the ground and then grabbed and fondled both of her breasts over her clothes without her consent.” Lucky girl, at least he didn’t use his conductor wand on her :) http://www.abcactionnews.com/content/news/local/pinellas/south/story/Lakewood-High-band-director-arrested-for-fondling/lhxip4werUuPLZr27hIWYQ.cspx

  6. Richard Laplante says:

    April 9th, 2010 at 7:29 am

    This reminds me of a similar ban which was imposed at the local schools, but it was not restricted to ‘hugging’. The kids were prohibited from touching each other.

    One of the more absurd reasons for the ban was to ‘prevent homosexuality’.

    It seems like isolating people from each other is important for some reason. Perhaps it contributes to the development of good ‘soldiers’.

    Just a guess…

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