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article imageOp-Ed: Teens ditch 'hello' and opt for hugs as greetings

By KJ Mullins     Jun 12, 2009 in Lifestyle
Those silly teens, what will they think up next? The latest trend is hugging. That is they are hugging each other, and not a tree. That's right, there is an epidemic of hugging spanning America.
The New York Times recently wrote about teenage hugging. It seems it's the new way to greet one another.
One blatant hugger was quoted in the New York Times:
“We’re not afraid, we just get in and hug,” said Danny Schneider, a junior at the school, where hallway hugging began shortly after 7 a.m. on a recent morning as students arrived. “The guy friends, we don’t care. You just get right in there and jump in.”
Believe it or not the non-violent way these kids have adopted is actually worrying some people.
UPI reports:
"Touching and physical contact is very dangerous territory," said Noreen Hajinlian, principal of George G. White School, a junior high school in Hillsdale, N.J., which banned hugging. "It wasn't a greeting. It was happening all day."
Yes, the school has banned hugging. After all, friendly touching could be contagious.
Back in the day, teens could be found relaxing and passing around a joint. But hug? That was not one of the things we did in the early 1980's. Of course, we also didn't have Oprah or Dr. Phil convincing us to get our feelings out either.
You'd think the authority figures viewing this trend would embrace the warm fuzzy feelings, but that's not the case for many. Instead of looking at hugging as a good thing, the 'man' is wondering what evils are looking around.
Who knows, hugging may lead to bullies hugging their victims instead of punching them. That would be a crime now, wouldn't it?
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