Saturday, April 08, 2006

Kindergartener: Punished for Hugging

Really. A five year old had to write a note to her parents (complete with teacher corrections) denouncing the act of hugging. The huggee, you ask?…another little girl in her Kindergarten class.

"A Massachusetts family is outraged after their 5-year-old daughter was forced to write a letter denouncing hugging after a classmate embraced her.

Brenda Brier and Michael Marino pulled their daughter, Savannah, out of school early Wednesday. The couple was angry after a meeting with officials at the Greenmeadow Elementary School in Maynard, Mass., where Savannah is in kindergarten.

She said, 'I'm really sad that I got in trouble for hugging,'" Brier said.

"I can understand if boys are playing rough or kids are pulling each other around -- that's one thing. But when kids are being affectionate, I mean hugging, hey, they shouldn't be disciplined over it and they shouldn't be lying in letters making the kid say the opposite that they don't like to hug," Marino said." (source)

Who knows, maybe it was "rough hugging"... One thing I have noticed since my kids have been in school; is kids now seem to get reprimanded for the smallest infractions. For kids just being kids--no wonder everyone's kid is on Ritalin...if they dare jump, leap and play they will have to miss recess or write notes home...

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