Parents are outraged after high school students were told they couldn’t kiss, clap or shake hands due to a strict ‘no contact’ policy.
Pupils at Mossley Hollins High School in Greater Manchester have also been banned from sitting on crowded benches, fighting or even holding a seat in the lunch line for friends.
‘No pupil should ever touch another pupil,’ according to the latest Mossley School newsletter, Ashton-under-Lyne by Ms Andrea Din.
After having to ask a teacher for permission for a friend to hug her after she injured herself, a current student called the rules ‘ridiculous’ and ‘unfair’.
“I am currently a student at this school, I was in class and I hurt my fingers,” she wrote on Facebook.
‘Did my next door neighbor have to ask my teacher for permission to hug me?
“I just think it’s ridiculous that you have to ask permission to kiss your friend?”
Parents have also expressed their displeasure, accusing the 854-student co-educational school of turning its students into “robots”.
The rule will “further enhance our positive school culture”, according to the school, by making students “good citizens” and encouraging them to have “mutual respect for one another”.
According to the Manchester Evening News, a former pupil said the rules “didn’t sit well” with students and made them feel “under pressure”.
“I used to go to school and I still know people there,” said 2019 graduate Emma Halpin. From what I’ve seen, no one seems to be in favor of it. .
“It doesn’t seem to be going too well. “So far the rules have put a lot of pressure on a lot of students.”
The strict rule sparked outrage on social media, with one commenter saying: ‘This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen in my life!’ Wow!
“Teaching kids not to show affection to their friends is a sure way to get them in trouble later.”
“I would be furious if my child attended this school.”
“Physical contact is such an important part of peer relationships, such as cuddling when upset or partying, holding hands with best friends, all five in greeting, and shaking hands in a formal setting” , wrote Katie Teasdale on Facebook.
“This may have been implemented as a safeguard to prevent unwanted physical contact, but it should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis rather than a blanket rule that applies across the whole school. “
“So all students should be…robots without human contact,” said Bill Williams. It’s weird, controlling the behavior of a deranged institution.
“Total failure to understand human needs and behavior,” said Matthew Nicholls. It’s as if these people aren’t really human and don’t understand how to interact with others.
“Under these rules, children will grow up with a lack of drive, as well as a lack of interaction and confrontational skills,” said David Mayor.
“It’s usually better to do it in the schoolyard than to go to karate classes.” I’m just curious about the consequences of breaking these rules.
“This no-contact trial policy builds on more than 25 years of our no-contact practice,” said a Mossley Hollins High School spokesperson. It’s not new, but it’s clearer now.
“It aims to ensure that all students have their own personal space, and it comes at a time when so many young students missed out on this great practice in primary school and are relearning how to socialize effectively.”
“We’ve taken our years of experience and turned it into an easy-to-follow policy to help our young students.” Although the school’s behavior has always been excellent, students and staff say the atmosphere is now even calmer, friendlier and kinder than before.
“We will monitor the policy’s impact on healthy outdoor play and dialogue during break and lunch, and we always listen to good ideas when they come to us through the appropriate channels,” the company says. .
“To further enhance our school culture, a no contact rule is now in place,” the school said in its announcement. This means that no student should touch another student at any time.
“No carrying, hugging or fighting other students will be tolerated.” Students should show respect for others. At all times, all students must demonstrate good academic citizenship (including during breaks and lunch).
“Success requires the qualities of respect, caring, and following all school rules.”
“This new rule has been implemented to ensure that everyone feels safe at school, has a supportive environment during and outside of class, shows mutual respect and is kind to one another, have a positive attitude towards each other and maintain healthy relationships with their peers,” the statement continued.
‘What does ‘no contact’ really mean to our students?’ is the question posed under the title. “Always stay safe by being careful and showing courtesy,” the school advised students. “No toy fighting or rough play,” he said, adding, “Never push or pull others.”
“Watch your hands and feet. It is forbidden to come into physical contact with others or to verbally insult them. There will be no jumping on each other, cuddling or carrying. No object will be thrown away. When queuing for lunch, there will be no waiting or skipping in line. Sit properly on the benches and do not overload yourself.
“This new rule has been made very clear to all of our students so that they are all aware of it,” he concluded. This week, teaching and support staff gave presentations outlining our expectations so that all students know why we are enforcing this rule.
Following its last Oftsed inspection in November 2014, the school, whose Latin motto is Floret Qui Laborat, meaning “He or she who works prospers”, was deemed exceptional.