- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 17, 2005

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl received detention over a lingering hug she gave her boyfriend at school, infuriating her mother and putting school officials on the defensive.

School officials said they had warned Cazz Altomare that lingering hugging was unacceptable, but she continued to disobey the rule when she received the detention earlier this year.

Rules at Sky View Middle School in Bend permit “quick hello and goodbye hugs,” but administrators said some students have been taking advantage of it.

“It’s not like we are the hug Nazis,” said Laurie Gould, spokeswoman for the Bend-La Pine School District. “Kids hug, they hug hello and they hug goodbye, but if you take it further, you make people uncomfortable.”

Cazz got detention after giving her boyfriend a protracted hug in the hallway at Sky View Middle School in Bend. Her mother, Leslee Swanson, was angered by the punishment.

“I’m trying to understand what’s wrong with a hug,” Mrs. Swanson told the Bulletin of Bend. People should not “blindly accept these fundamental rights being taken away from them,” she said.

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