According to another weird Yahoo News article, a school in Oregon has a ban on hugging. Pretty standard stuff in middle and high schools across the country. We don't want any wild woodies running around knocking people over in the halls because the guy got some boobs pressed against his chest before lunch.
One student's mother threw a fit when her daughter was given detention after repeated warnings to lay off the hugginess. A whole argument about student rights vs. creating an appropriate school atmosphere ensued.
Now, the whole point of this recap is to get to Rob Horner, a University of Oregon professor who works with schools across the nation on "building social culture that supports effective learning." This is what he had to say:
"To say 'no hugging' really blows it," Horner said. "That's exactly the sort of trap that, as soon as you say that, what is the first thing everyone is going to want to do?"
How insightful! What verbal pyrotechnics!! And when he said "blows it" did he mean "Guys, you blew it!!" or was it more of a "That blows goats!" type of thing? Hmmm......
The University of Oregon should be *so* proud.