What do hugs, games of make believe and gun photos on facebook have in common?

I am seeing a trend in the news. All over the Western World strange rules are being enforced in schools. Political correctness appears to be the cause. The latest one is a ban on hugs in a school in Florida.


The cheerful, curly-haired eighth-grader’s undoing came when she learned that a male friend was having a bad day.

As consolation, Ella put her arms around him in a hug.

“It was literally for a second,” the eighth-grader told Click Orlando. But that moment earned her a morning in detention – as well as a blemish on her formerly spotless disciplinary record.

…The district’s code of conduct prohibits “inappropriate or obscene acts” including “unwelcome or inappropriate touching, or any other physical act that is considered to be offensive, socially unacceptable or not suitable for an educational setting.”

…”I do think about inappropriate touching and boys and girls at this age having feelings for one another,” Ella’s mother, Kathy Fishbough, told WFTV. “But that’s not what we’re dealing with here. And if an administration can’t tell the difference between a friendly ‘How ya doin’?’ hug and an inappropriate hug, then I think we have another big problem.”

…”I did ask the principal, ‘If something had happened in our family, and she needed to console her cousin, or her cousin wanted to console her, would Ella get in trouble?” Fishbough told Click Orlando. “She said, ‘Yes, ma’am. She would get a PDA.'”

…Similar incidents at schools across the country have drawn attention to the seeming rigidity of policies on public displays of affection. Almost exactly four years ago, two other Florida middle-school students, this time in Palm Bay, were given in-school suspensions for sharing a hug even though their principal said he believed their behaviour was innocent.

– The Washington Post



The bow-and-arrow was imaginary. The punishment is real.

An Ohio first-grader was given a three-day suspension last week after he pretended to shoot a fellow student with a bow and arrow, WLWT reported.

“I have no tolerance for any real, pretend or imitated violence,” a letter from Principal Joe Crachiolo to the boys’ parents said. “The punishment is an out of school suspension.”

…“The punishment is so severe in this it’s hard as a parent to try to make this a teachable moment for our kid so we can move forward in a healthy manner,” Matthew Miele said.

The first-grader was playing outside when a teacher noticed the act and told the principal, who then called the boy into his office, according to Miele.

“I can’t stop him from pretending to be a super hero,” Martha Miele said. “I can’t stop him from playing ninja turtles. I can’t stop him from doing these things and I don’t think it would be healthy to do so.”

Matthew Miele said he and his wife try to encourage their child to use his imagination.

“I don’t see anything wrong with the way he was playing,” he said.




A Hamilton high school student was told to stay home from school after authorities discovered the teen had posted pictures on Facebook, brandishing an assault rifle. The problem however is the pictures were taken at school on career day.

Brysen Evans is a grade 10 student at Cathedral High School in Hamilton. Last Friday, Brysen’s mother got a call from the school telling her to keep her son home. The reason – someone had notified school officials about a picture Brysen had posted on Facebook.

The problem however is the pictures were taken with members of the Canadian Armed Forces who were at Brysen’s school, for career day. “The army came to his career class and the end of September he posted pictures on his Facebook and then I get a message saying he can’t come to school because there was guns and stuff on it.”


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