I was chatting with my young friend G yesterday afternoon and he was incensed. His teacher had told him that a Queensland primary school had banned hugging:
While the article somewhat tries to balance the notion between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ (unwanted) physical contact, I think the parent who observed “… the ban sexualised an innocent gesture” was spot on. Do we really want to go down a path where every physical interaction is assumed to be deviant rather than a common means of human bonding? Do we really want to off-load our neuroses on our children to this extent? While I can ramble on, I think my friend G and his mate A express it best:
“Dear Mr. Hoppner,
We are writing from a primary school in Melbourne. Our names are A & G and we are 10 years old. We are writing about the hugging ban at William Duncan State School.
I think this rule is unfair for children for the following reasons.
1. If you are upset, what’s better than a hug?
2. Everyone loves a hug at the end of a school day.
3. If the team you are playing with wins, it is best to celebrate by hugging.
I think this rule is bad because children love getting hugged and I think this should be changed immediately.
A & G”