"Last year we would see maybe as many as 10 students on one side (of the hallway), 10 on the other and then, going in opposite directions, would sort of have a hug line going on and you could see where that would be a problem," said Victoria Sharts, principal of Oak Park's Percy Julian Middle School.
So this year Sharts decided to draw the line on hug lines by banning all hugging among students within the building.
Sharts said, "Hugging is really more appropriate for airports or for family reunions than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls."
Julian Middle School Students show what they think of Principal Victoria's hug ban.
Principal Victoria's ban on hugging was not popular with either students or parents:
Sixth grader Isabella Miller disagrees with the crackdown. "I don't think that that's right".
Her father agrees with her. "It seems like a crazy idea to me," Mark Miller said.
Hey you! In the pink shirt! Knock it off or you're in BIG trouble!
Checking out Principal Victoria's qualifications to head a middle school, it seems she was recently relocated from a Colorado elementary school: