Hugging is hip these days among teens: School hallways are clogged with pairs, or trios, of kids embracing, the New York Times reports. “We’re not afraid, we just get in and hug,” said a high school junior. But some schools aren’t so happy with the public affection. “Touching and physical contact is very dangerous territory,” said a principal who banned the practice.
“It was needless hugging—they are in the hallways before they go to class. It wasn’t a greeting. It was happening all day,” she added. Kids say there’s nothing sexual about it—and gender makes no difference. “Maybe it’s because all these kids do is text and go on Facebook so they don’t even have human contact anymore,” notes a parent.