Student Suspended For Hugging Friend Against School’s Zero-Tolerance No-Hugging Policy
A 14-year-old Florida student who hugged his friend was suspended as a result of his middle school's zero-tolerance no-hugging policy. Nick Martinez said he gave a quick hug to his best friend, a female student, between classes. The public display of affection was spotted by the principal of Palm Bay's Southwest Middle School, 74 miles southeast of Orlando. While the principal said he believed the hug was innocent, he brought the two students to the school's dean, who penalized them with in-school suspensions.