Yes, that includes high-fives, handshakes, a pat on the back, and hugging (no matter how brief). Them’s the rules at Kilmer Middle School in Vienna (Fairfax County) Virginia. Per Principal Deborah Hernandez of the zero tolerance policy for physical contact: “You get into shades of gray. The kids say, ‘If he can high-five, then I can do this.’ ” Please, Ms. Hernandez. That’s a cop-out, and you know it. It’s just easier to say “no physical contact” than it is to draft a reasonable rule.
To read more about this silly rule, and the silly justifications, click here.