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Principal's decree: This is a 'no hugging school'

Following "incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions," a principal is banning hugging at the Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School in New Jersey. WNBC-TV's Pat Battle reports.

More than 900 students at a New Jersey middle school have been told no more hugging.

The district says Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Tyler Blackmore made an announcement that students were in a "no hugging school" following some "incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions."

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School Superintendent David Healy says the district has the responsibility to teach children about appropriate interactions. The superintendent says despite the rule, students who hug will not be suspended. He says he believes the principal acted responsibly.

"It makes our school look bad, and it makes our school look like we do more than hug, but we do not," one student said.

Students range in ages from 11 to 14 in grades six to eight.

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