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Thanks Ellie what he says it was an innocent friendly gesture but -- Florida student was suspended after hugging a friend in the school hallway thanks to a strict no -- -- policy.
Joining us now is nick Martinez and his mother Nancy percent.
Good morning nice to see -- -- -- let me start with you would take us through what exactly happened.
-- -- Was going to class.
And -- -- way to class I think my friend so you know I give -- yes you know people think IE in the school and school.
So and after I give her a -- -- -- walking excellent class and then behind me see.
Hey I hear the voice cause I K community turn around and -- -- -- principal.
So -- -- you brought me and my friend and our city dean's office and then.
-- -- -- -- -- -- An in house suspension -- you've got the to get suspended there Nancy.
Here's what the school's.
Student handbook says about no hugging -- at the schools -- students can receive a one -- out of school suspension for kissing.
Students call hugging -- hand holding can be penalized with a -- detention.
Or suspension what was your response when you learned about -- suspension.
-- -- have serious Nicholas has never been in trouble in school before and to be in trouble for a what we consider Anderson -- Was very alarming to me I thought that perhaps.
You know this rule pertains to inappropriate hunt -- or things that can lead -- hugging but because it did they really concerns me.
Nick what was your feeling after you learned as you were suspended and after the principal called you out about it.
I really honestly didn't know you can get that much in trouble for a hug because -- every day at school I see people hugging.
And the nobody really does anything -- -- so I thought it was a pretty.
It's -- treated as that a little earlier in it James Jones wrote me from Florida and he said please quit bad enough in the schools -- try to ban hugging on campus it helps spread headlights which is a health concern in schools.
What do you say to that.
Well I'm certainly.
I never want to come across as going against a school board that's not my focus.
My focus is simply to adhere to the rules that are implied.
If these rules are.
You formulated they need to be coherent with what the district policies are the district policy in the school policy seemed to be conflicting.
I realize that hugging can lead to other things -- I like most parents are.
Before this type of ruling but I really feel -- there should be a better way of implementing it.
Where the children don't seem to think that something so innocent can be harmful.
Well said Nancy and -- we appreciate you joining us this morning good luck to you and when.
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