Brampton students aren't embracing their school's alleged hug ban with open arms.
Brampton’s Earnscliffe Senior Public School has a “no loving, no shoving” policy in an attempt to stem violence and unwanted touching, the Brampton Guardian says. But a group of students believes the ban includes hugging and says teachers have reprimanded them over such friendly displays of affection, according to the Global News. Students Diana Hoyt, Lily Hopkinson and sisters Hana and Janna El-Daly have even planned a lunchtime 'hug-in' on June 20, taking cues from sit-ins in the ‘60s.
“We understand that we’re not supposed to be kissing or anything in school, which really would be inappropriate, but we think a hug is really OK,” Hana told the Brampton Guardian.
While the Peel District School Board insists it doesn't have a strict rule around touching, it notes that individual schools have their own policies, and rules to prevent unwanted physical contact are common, the Toronto Star says.
It's not the first time a school has implemented unorthodox rules. In Ottawa, St. Joseph High School discouraged yoga pants, claiming they fit too snugly and violated the school’s dress code. Other odd school bans include UK schools banning children from choosing best friends, Father’s Day cards and excessive ‘meeping.’
"I Love Boobies" Bracelet
The most recent bizarre school ban is occurred at Baltic High School in South Dakota, and the culprit is a bracelet meant to raise breast cancer awareness that says "I [heart] Boobies." While many parents are fine with the cheeky campaign for a good cause, principals at schools other than just Baltic High have deemed them inappropriate for class. (Via <a href="http://current.com/news/92651222_schools-ban-i-love-boobies-bracelets-promoting-cancer-awareness.htm" target="_hplink">Current</a>)
When Missouri's Smith Cotton High School band designed these "evolution of brass" T-shirts, they had no idea they would cause such a stir. Several parents demanded the shirts, which seem to support Darwinism, be banned because of their religious beliefs. The school complied and bought all the shirts from students for $700 to keep them out of schools. (<a href="http://www.kctv5.com/news/20655497/detail.html" target="_hplink">KCTV 5</a>)
Father's Day Cards
An elementary school in Scotland banned Father's Day cards out of respect for children without fathers. However, Mother's Day celebrations are A-OK. (<a href="http://www.revelife.com/728958750/ban-on-fathers-day-cards-in-scotland-schools/" target="_hplink">Revelife</a>)
Shocking news from the UK: children were looking up inappropriate words in the dictionary. So now if kids look at the "wrong" parts of an anatomy book, should we remove those from the library as well? (<a href="http://timesonline.typepad.com/schoolgate/2010/01/dictionary-banned-from-school-classroom.html" target="_hplink">The Times UK</a>)
Red Ink (For Teachers)
Red ink is just <em>too</em> upsetting for UK children leading it to be banned in favor of kinder, gentler black or blue ink. (<a href="http://dispatchesfromtheisland.blogspot.com/2009/12/finally-reading-road.html" target="_hplink">Dispatches From The Island</a>)
Flaming Hot Cheetos
Cheetos often get a bad rap, but Flaming Hot Cheetos are apparently the biggest culprit. With their dangerous heat and alarming red color, no school cafeteria is safe. (<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5394069" target="_hplink">NPR</a>)
The Word "Meep"
The word "Meep" made famous by Beeker the Muppet character was becoming a distraction at a school in Danvers, MA. We can think of a few other four-letter words that might be a tad worse, just sayin'. (<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/WN/meep-nonsense-word-students-hot-water/story?id=9054266" target="_hplink">ABC News</a>)
90s cardboard favorite, POGS, were banned in schools in Arizona, Washington D.C and elsewhere for being too violent (remember those metal slammers?) and for potentially causing distress when kids played for "keepsies." (<a href="http://hondaswap.com/members-lounge/timewarp-thread-put-blast-past-crap-here-146427/3.html" target="_hplink">hondaswap.com</a>)
Schools across the country have banned hugging because it can be a distraction. What's next? Smiling? (<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21661718/" target="_hplink">MSNBC</a>)
New York City schools banned all bake sales from their campuses in an effort to promote healthy eating and lower students' sugar intake. Considering that bake sales are often a lucrative way to earn money for clubs and activities, couldn't they have just demanded more zucchini bread and carrot cake? (Via <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/03/nyregion/03bakesale.html" target="_hplink">New York Times</a>)
If you thought <em>Footloose</em> was just an 80s movie, you'd be sadly mistaken since many schools have banned dancing for being too provocative. And we're not just talking about "grinding" or whatever the kids are doing these days, the ban includes the Hokey-Pokey and the Chicken Dance, too. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickeeee/2801713813/" target="_hplink">Flickr)</a>
Debate over immigration has hit a new low in Denver CO. where a school is banning all flags in fear they might incite emotions. (<a href="http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/8493781/detail.html" target="_hplink">ABC News</a>)
After all the bans on Cheetos and bake sales, you'd think the last thing schools would want to ban is exercise. Elementary schools in Washington have a different perspective, claiming that games like "tag" are causing too many injuries. (<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-06-26-recess-bans_x.htm" target="_hplink">USA Today</a>)
The quest to makeover school lunch went too far in Britain, where a preschool banned a kids grilled cheese sandwich for being sans lettuce or tomato. (<a href="http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2010/04/30/food-revolution-or-fascism/" target="_hplink">Babble</a>)
A Christmas tree set up with tags listing gifts wanted by needy children had too much holiday spirit for one Oregon school. (<a href="http://www.komonews.com/news/local/78647482.html" target="_hplink">Komo News</a>)
Viagra Prescriptions (For Teachers)
Teachers in Milwaukee are a little more frustrated these days ever since the school board banned erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra from their health insurance. (<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/milwaukee-schools-ban-viagra-teachers-union-sues-discrimination/story?id=11378595" target="_hplink">ABC News</a>)
Online sexual predators are overwhelming Sparta NJ, or so says the principal who has banned students from having personal online pages like MySpace. (<a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1512215/20051025/story.jhtml" target="_hplink">MTV</a>)