Immediately after reading the title of this thread, I knew this was going to be about schools.
I understand that schools are center for education. I understand they aren't supposed to e social hubs. And I think we all understand that schools are not places to... engage in certain romantic interactions. But what I don't understand is what is lewd of the holding of hands, or hugging— and that's different from groping, may I add.
Yes, adolescents do go through a phase of... having awkward, and oftentimes someties uncontrollable feelings and thoughts... But I don't think hugging, the patting of one's shoulder, or holding hands will lead to "certain romantic interactions". And I doubt there's really any schools where a majority of these actions will lead to something inappropriate... A majority. If there is... Well, I'd like to know a bit about that school.
Well, a positive spin to this is that school officials will "let it slip" if the person receiving the action is obviously having a mental breakdown and receiving comfort. I'm not sure how obvious the distress has to be, but if it's evident enough (and perhaps a history of previous occurances), then everything goes.
It sees that this policy arose fro a want to "purify" the youth of today. I can totally sympathize with wanting to get common decency knocked into these youth's heads (they so desperately need it for my sanity XD), but limiting "family-friendly" social interactions essential to keeping close communities, connections, and comfort... Nuh-uh. That's crazy.