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When "No Touching" is Nonsense

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Tuesday, June 19, 2007

When "No Touching" is Nonsense

This is how bad political correctness has become: a middle school in Fairfax, Virginia, is disciplining a student for putting his arm around a girl during lunch in the cafeteria. The innocent hug lasted about 15 seconds. But the school has a “no touching” policy and that means no hugs, handshakes, high-fives or anything that involves a physical act. If someone collapsed in the hall, would a student violate the no-touching policy if he administered CPR?

The 13-year-old seventh grader was taken to the principal’s office where he presumably was reprimanded. School officials explain the policy is designed to keep crowded hallways and lunchrooms safe, but the child’s parents think it’s ridiculous and are lobbying the school to modify its rule.

Many schools already prohibit a teacher from hugging a child, including a young child who skins his or her knee and needs comforting. Pedophiles, you know.

Hardly a day goes by when I am not amazed at the number of especially Christian parents who continue to place their children in harm’s way – not because of physical touch, but from having their brains and souls touched by the secular establishment.

 Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.