Bunbury’s Adam Road Primary School, south of Perth, punishedsix-year–old Amber Rove for giving a short hug to a friend after the bell rang.
Last year the school adopted a policy against hugging which the little girl was in violation of with the act. There were students that felt left out and others with bruises from too much hugging which was the reason the policy was introduced.
“The rule was reinforced with our Year 6 and 7 students again last week during a general talk about being role models for the younger students. In this particular incident, the students involved were hugging on school grounds just two hours after this talk and it was important to follow it through as a discipline issue.”
Heidi Rome, Amber’s mother, has voiced concern over the punished for the hug witnessed by Gemma Preston the principle.
Mrs Rome wrote to the Bunbury Mail to express her concern.
“It’s not so much the detention – it’s the fact there is this rule and the psychological implications it could have,” she said.
“I don’t usually bring forward complaints like this and I do like the school.
According to the school inappropriate hugs between boys and girls were the reason for the ban. A 12-year-old girl received detention at a South West primary school for hugging a friend when the school day ended. The ban on hugging prevents even siblings from giving hugs.
The incident occurred after an address of the policy by the school. Parents, both those aware and unaware of the ban find it ridiculous.