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Illinois girl gets detention for hugging

A thirteen year-old middle school student received detention for giving two hugs to her friends. The actions, according to the school, violated a ban against public displays of affection.

The superintendent justified his decision, saying "hugs lead to other things" and that they are "distracting" to other students.

See the video here.

Is the school's decision justified?

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