Kyle Swanson has heard all the discussion on my show this week about the No Hugging rule in Mascoutah schools. As a student at Mascoutah Community High School, Kyle says he’s going to make t-shirts that say Hug For New School Rules, and already has lots of people who want one.

When I asked if he’s had problems with the district’s PDA rule, Kyle told me that he and his girlfriend got in trouble for holding hands while coming down the stairs after the end of school one day a few weeks ago — even though the school handbook specifically mentions that hand-holding is permitted. That led to a broader discussion of whether he’s witnessed inappropriate public displays of affection in school, and whether any of his friends have gotten in trouble for violating the policy.

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