Skip to comments.'No Contact' a Touchy Issue at Middle School [Touching banned at school]
Posted on 12/30/2005 10:39:06 PM PST by TFFKAMM
Matthew Almodovar likes holding his girlfriend's hand during lunch or when they're walking to class. But at Culver City Middle School, that display of affection could land the couple in trouble.
At the only public middle school in Culver City, it is against school policy for students to hold hands, hug or kiss on campus. Perhaps more important, the "no contact" rule also prohibits students from hitting, shoving or pushing classmates.
Schools nationwide have policies to prevent violence and sexual harassment, but some go further such as creating a rule against touching. In March, one middle school student in Bend, Ore., was sent to detention after repeatedly defying a teacher's warning to refrain from hugging another student. A similar situation occurred at a junior high in Euless, Texas, in 2003.
Many educators say the policy teaches students what is and isn't appropriate behavior at school, which they say is especially important during the middle school years. What's OK at the mall or the movies, some educators say, isn't necessarily OK at school, where the focus should be on academics.
There are others, however, who say that although in theory the policy could be effective, it is nearly impossible to implement because enforcement is subjective and inconsistent.
The policy came out of a meeting two years ago when administrators, counselors and teachers discussed bullying, a topic that former Principal Patricia Jaffe said was "extremely important" at middle schools everywhere. Jaffe was principal at the 1,739-student school until October and is now an assistant superintendent of the Culver City Unified School District...
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Makes me glad I was in school in.....years ago.
No contact? No hand holding? No fights? The liberal, blithering idiots seek to obliterate or ignore basic human nature!
P.E. must be nothing but calisthetics or track & field.
On the bright side, no
pig-push ballroom dance instruction! Woo-hoo!
Stop the blow jobs in class n in the bathrooms not holding hands..jesus tap dancing christ
And of course that means that Planned Parenthood will be handing out special 'I did not have contact with that schoolmate' condoms on the playground.
Adults are leading the way in sexualizing children but this sort of reminds me of those rules at Bob Jones University about no closer than six inches between males and females. The liberal secular education system imitating the rules of a fundamentalist religious school.
Complete stupidity if you ask me. How about working on math and English skills instead of worrying about that crap.
The biggest problem in middle schools are the female vice principals.
Within the hour I had my granddaughter enrolled in a parochial school.
Government gulags suck.
This is middle school. Hats off to the school. There is a reason why kids graduate without being able to read. Their idea of school is getting together with the opposite sex for anything but studying and reading.
I suppose Indian rope burns and "noogies" are right out! (A cheerless place.)
What's so ridiculous about puppy love?
But think how this will ease the transition
Bob Jones > liberal secular education system >
Have they ever seen 10 year old boys play? They run back and forth chasing a ball. There's no way they can play without touching. And if they don't play like that during recess they're going to have ants in their pants all afternoon. Idiots.
It is a bit ridiculous but consider the world we live in.
There are dozens of these stories in a given year. It's shocking. It's disturbing. Add in the increasing number of female teachers (including one with HIV) molesting 13 year old boys and you have to think the world has gone mad.
You need a Yahoo message board, not Free Republic.
So does this mean that touch football is now Mental touch football?
"But Coach, I touched him in my mind he's down at the 5 yard line!"
This is not a new issue. My HS had a controversy over the same policy in the 80's.
And in other news, a no tolerance policy has been adopted against human behavior.
Goes to show how out of touch and intolerant you are. It is now referred to as a Native American Rope Burn.
Please, if you are going to be a proper Freeper, use the correct terminology.
I'm sorry, I slipped into my diverstity training mode for a second. The correct term is Indian burn, not Native American Burn.
It won't happen again.
These students need some contact....with my old Jr. High Principal's paddle.
That depends greatly on the individual female vice principal. The most strict and hard paddling person at one of my old schools was the female VP.
"Government gulags suck"
There are other kinds?
If the touching is a significant obstacle to the school's basic educational function, then it can be restricted and still survive a Free Speech challenge.
Would you rather he have a boyfriend? ;)
The boyfriend/girlfriend thing was standard practice when I went to middle school almost thirty years ago. Don't act shocked and sad, or try to blame it on Clinton.
Reminds me of one the high points of my public school experience. Our principal, "Jolly John", called an assembly to chastise the student body for "inappropriate displays of affection" ie hand-holding, even hugs! He announced that henceforth any intentional physical contact between the sexes would be grounds for an immediate three day suspension. I was sitting with about twenty of the all male, "resist authority" group, as usual, front and center.
We exchanged not a word, planned nothing, had no advance notice of the topic, BUT; every one of us walked out arm in arm with another guy, a couple of the bolder throwing in a peck on the cheek. I really thought the vein in Jolly John's forehead was going to rupture on the spot. By the time we hit the doors, he was hollering something, but who could hear over the laughter, and some of the teachers were laughing the hardest.
Something our litigious times have forgotten; make someone too silly to be taken seriously and you have punctured him more surely than a basketful of lawsuits.
I walked in on students having sex in a classroom twice in my 4 years, but the mental image burned into my mind was from my first day of student-teaching... walking into a new building, nervous and excited, and I in the stairway I pass a young man with a girl under each arm. He sees me walking up, looking at hime, happily and greedily makes out with one, and as I pass by with a slightly stern look (and probably some confusion in there as well), he non-chalantly turns and starts tonsil boxing with the girl under the other arm. A very quick lesson on what I was walking into.
And Wedgies? harmless play or sexual emascualization?
It's a slippery slope but we won't go there.
"Lighten up Francis."
The ones I've run into are hard core feminists. Boys are evil and girls are perfect.
I had a "girlfriend" in 8th grade or so.
It is actually that time when you get the Puppy Love and all the sleepless nights.
Not only can't you give an Indian rope burn, you can't even talk about it. Might offend some one.
"Native American Rope Burn. " ROTFLMAO!!
Excuse me all to h*ll Chief! I guess I've been out in the bush way too long.
I don't understand what all the fuss is about-all these rules at Culver Middle School were in effect at my middle school way back in 1960.
No one complained back then about them being unreasonable.
You had a girlfriend in EIGHTH Grade?
Man,I was so scared of girls back then it wasn't funny.All I cared about was would the Giants put Willie Mc Covey on First Base or Left Field at Candlestick each day.
Yeah, back then we weren't being taught that "we" the students had "rights" and school administration had to take a back seats to what "we" the students felt was our right.
No sports teams at all. No tagging the runner out, no screening a defender at the foul line... football? Forget about it. Then there is wrestling...
It was a transitory age. This was when you would touch a girl's hand and "feel funny."
But you wanted to "feel funny" some more, so you would "go around." A lip to lip kiss would put you in orbit for a week.
And the exquisite pain when it ended (as it must at that age). Your senses were full, the highs and the lows. Pain more painful, laugha much louder.
Kids today don't get to have that shy, slow approach IMHO. And they don't seem to get to experience that wonderful first love (or even second). It seems bangbang -- straight to sex.
Near as I can tell we are around the same age. McCovey was circa 1971?
Hmm...I had a 7th Grader classmate (14/15 y.o.? in 1969) pregnant/married to a 21.
5.5 kids by, the age of 19 y.o. in 1974.
Zero Tolerance = Zero thought required.
Why does a middle school student have a girlfriend? This is ridiculous.