Girl, 13. Gets detention for hugging two friends
Girl, 13, gets detention for hugging two friends
Illinois middle school bans public displays of affection; parents urge change
updated 9:57 p.m. ET, Tues., Nov. 6, 2007
MASCOUTAH, Ill. - Two hugs equals two days of detention for 13-year-old Megan Coulter.
The eighth-grader was punished for violating a school policy banning public displays of affection when she hugged two friends Friday.
“I feel it is crazy,” said Megan, who was to serve her second detention Tuesday after classes at Mascoutah Middle School.
“I was just giving them a hug goodbye for the weekend,” she said.
Megan’s mother, Melissa Coulter, said the embraces weren’t even real hugs — just an arm around the shoulder and slight squeeze.
“It’s hilarious to the point of ridicule,” Coulter said. “I’m still dumbfounded that she’s having to do this.”
District Superintendent Sam McGowen said that he thinks the penalty is fair and that administrators in the school east of St. Louis were following policy in the student handbook.
It states: “Displays of affection should not occur on the school campus at any time. It is in poor taste, reflects poor judgment, and brings discredit to the school and to the persons involved.”
Parents urge change in policy
Coulter said she and her husband told their daughter to go ahead and serve her detentions
because the only other option was a day of suspension for each skipped detention.
“We don’t agree with it, but I certainly don’t want her to get in more trouble,” Coulter said.
The couple plan to attend the next school board meeting to ask board members to consider rewording the policy or be more specific in what is considered a display of affection.
“I’m just hoping the school board will open their eyes and just realize that maybe they shouldn’t be punishing us for hugs,” Megan said.
i understand the policy, not that I agree with it
the application of the policy in this case is ridiculous
hugs not guns that what i say
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what is this world coming to? you cant even give a hug to a friend now.
i to understand the need for a policy like this but in this contects it is a bit harsh .as opal says children need to show affection
this reminds me a bit of another high school story, a kid was beaten up because he wore a pink shirt to school, beaten up by some other students who basically did what they did because they thought he was gay and they dont like gays
some of the high school seniors started a campaign, within a week almost every kid in that school with the excpetion of the few idiots that beat the kid up, were wearing pink shirts to school, all of a sudden the tables were turned, those little *****s knew what it felt like top be in a minority
now that is what i call a lesson learned
power to the collective will of the group, strength in numbers
we shall overcome predjudice, inequality and hate
I got in-school suspension when I was a senior in high school for holding pinkies with my boyfriend.....lol and that was a longgggggggg time ago!!
yeah but you had a reputation girl
Originally Posted by Georgiagirl
you have a good memory to be able to recall stuff that happened so long ago
Ohhhh I remembered that because it was the only time I got in trouble in school and my daddy tore my behind UP.... lol I won't ever forget an ass whooping