Remember the good old days when teachers were allowed to hug their students? When a first grader would forget their lunch or homework and start to cry, the teacher would console the child with a loving and understanding hug. Not anymore! The hands-off policy says it is not permissible to touch a child and that goes for the school nurse, as well.
Some parents suggested that letters should be on file giving permission to the teacher to hug their child if the situation so warrants it. Are you kidding me? So if a little child falls on the playground and has a bloody knee and tears running down her cheeks, the teacher has to make sure there is a signed letter of permission, or stand their coldly not touching the child?
Yes, there are situations where teachers have been groping, molesting and even having affairs with students (turns my stomach), so because of the few, the masses must suffer? I see no solution to this problem. If I were a teacher in a situation where my little student needed a hug, what would I do? Follow my heart or follow the rules, knowing that I could lose my job. That’s a hard call. What would you do?