example for younger students, the principal said Tuesday.
The said hugging between friends was not banned "but we do discourage displays of affection in the school yard among students who have a boyfriend or girlfriend at the school."
The hugging ban mirrors restrictions by some US schools that have also outlawed hugs, kisses and physical horseplay in an attempt to prevent groping or injury and maintain the seriousness of the environment.
The Largs Bay ban came to public attention after some parents contacted the local newspaper to complain that the policy was too strict. Gale said she had not been approached by any parents