Friday, May 27, 2011

'Don't touch': School bans pupils from handshakes, high-fives and hugs... to beat bullying - 27th May 2011

Bad example: Children at The Quest Academy have been banned from copying David Cameron and Barack Obama's high-fiving antics.

When Barack Obama and David Cameron were pictured back-slapping and congratulating each other over a game of table tennis this week, it was an image that went around the world.

It showed that two of the most powerful men in the world had a deep respect and understanding, with a hint of competitiveness, for each other.

But pupils at a London school have been stopped from showing similar camaraderie - because handshakes, high-fives and hugs have all been banned in a bid to beat bullying.

The Quest Academy, in Croydon, London, is putting children into detention for flouting the dictat which parents have slammed as 'extreme' and 'ludicrous'.

Anita Chong, whose 15-year-old daughter Dayna was given a detention for cuddling a female friend, said she had 'never heard of anything so crazy in my life'.

The 33-year-old, from nearby New Addington, told The Sun: 'If the kids can't even hug each other at school some of them will never learn how to be socially interactive. Read More