Monday, June 18, 2007
You'd think the title would refer to a store with expensive Hummel and Lladro figurines when children are around--and you'd be wrong. That is an official policy of a middle school in Virginia. A boy moved from his assigned lunch table to another table to give his girlfriend a hug (by the way, what's up with having a girlfriend when you're 12 or 13 years old?). A security guard saw him and sent him to the principle's office where he was cited for two infractions. Another infraction (like high-fiving a friend, or shaking someone's hand) would lead to in-school suspension or detention. As Hit and Run put it, no-touch football sounds like fun. Not to mention assigned seats in one of the few free periods during school time. Sounds like public school does such a great job of socializing the children (assuming the meaning of socialization that the general public understands--people skills) that they can't be permitted to interact with each other outside of official guidance.