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No Hugs Allowed at Ill. Middle School - The Associated Press, October 2, 2007

If you need a hug, you won't get it at Percy Julian Middle School. Principal Victoria Sharts banned hugging among the suburban Chicago school's 860 students anywhere inside the building. [...] Some hugs could be too long and too close ...

No-touching policy spurs student protest - Noelle Frampton, March 26, 2009

In protest against a no-touching policy at East Shore Middle School, an eighth-grade student vows to attend school Friday morning wrapped in blue duct tape. [...]
The letter cites prohibited behavior that includes pushing, shoving, groin-kicking, "hugging and horseplay," and warned that, depending on the circumstances, students who violate the rules may face detention, suspension or even expulsion. [...The boy:] "The rule itself is way out of hand."
[... His father:] "The people making these rules have lost sight of what's really important -- you know, learning, skills that you can take with you " -- interacting with each other and getting along with each other," he said.

Virginia School's No-Contact Rule Is a Touchy Subject - Maria Glod, Washington Post, June 18, 2007

Fairfax County middle school student Hal Beaulieu hopped up from his lunch table one day a few months ago, sat next to his girlfriend and slipped his arm around her shoulder. That landed him a trip to the school office. 
Among his crimes: hugging.
All touching -- not only fighting or inappropriate touching -- is against the rules at Kilmer Middle School in Vienna. Hand-holding, handshakes and high-fives? Banned.

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