Reported "Hugging Ban" Story Is Inaccurate

News Story Claiming "Hugging Ban" At CMS Is Inaccurate
Posted on 10/09/2012
RUTHERFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS REQUEST FOR RETRACTION OF INACCURATE MEDIA
REPORTS ON “HUGGING BAN”

RCS Press release CMS 100412.pdf

Forest City, NC, October 4, 2012.

Recently a news story aired on a local television station asserting that there is a “hugging ban” at Chase
Middle School in Rutherford County, NC. The implication in the story was that a student with health
issues was hugged by supportive classmates, prompting school administrators to ask the student and his
friends not to display affection or hug.

This was NOT the case and there is NO “hugging ban” in the Rutherford County Schools.

Several teachers, not administrators, did address a group of 8th graders about public displays of affection,
following an issue with increasingly inappropriate touching between student “couples” at the
school, entirely unrelated to the student in the news story.

It is commonplace at middle schools across the country, when dealing with adolescent behavior, to
instruct students on appropriate displays of affection and to discourage inappropriate contact when it
crosses the line from friendship to intimacy. The school system has requested that the story be retracted
since the facts were not confirmed and are not true.
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