A 14-year-old girl from Florida has been punished by her school for giving a friend a sympathetic hug.
Ella Fishbough is reported to have never been in trouble prior to the incident, but now a black mark stands against her name for the minor public display of affection.
Ella has said the incident lasted ‘literally for a second’, but, as the boy she hugged was found guilty of having his hand on her head a month ago, she has fallen foul of the Seminole County School District’s rules on ‘inappropriate touching’.
These rules are left open to the interpretation of individual school principals, and at Jackson Heights Middle School the rule is pretty black and white.
There will be no hugging, holding hands, kissing, arm linking, inappropriate touching, etc. between students at school. Students who violate this policy will be dealt with accordingly. This policy is in effect at all school-sponsored dances and activities as well.
Ella’s mother has stood by her daughter’s actions.
Kathy Fishbough has said to Click Orlando:
I do think about inappropriate touching and boys and girls of this age having feelings for one another, but that’s not what we’re dealing with here. And if administration can’t tell the difference between a friendly, ‘How are you doing’ hug and an inappropriate hug, then I think we have another big problem.
It may only be a detention, but at the same time, I’ve never heard of anyone getting an STI or pregnant from a hug…