5-year-old has to apologize for giving hug on playground

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Media, Day Care & Education

Massachusetts is serious about sexual harassment, even especially among the kindergarten set. Two kindergartners hugged on the playground, one girl fell and the other tried to comfort her. Five-year-old Savannah Brier was forced to write a letter, with teacher edits, saying she did not like the hug she received from Sophie after a fall.

A teacher's aide told a teacher one of the girls lifted the other off the ground in a bear hug. Savannah's father says, "“When kids are being affectionate, they should not be disciplined or have to say the opposite or that they don’t like hugging.”

I'm getting a little tired of this sort of hyper-reactive state of things America. [Thanks, Meredith!] [Image courtesy of swarve]

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.