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March 24th, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Some Thoughts (and Video) on Hugging

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Dohaa and Michelle weigh in on the hugging controversy at one Arizona middle school, and they give a little Shoutout to Carl.

Earlier this month, a lot of you weighed in on a story about hugs being limited to two seconds at an Arizona school.  We saw responses varying from students who hate hugs to those who hate not being allowed to hug.  What we've posted here is an iReport featuring two Florida students' opinions on the topic...along with an opinion on a certain CNNSN host.

Thank you both for your kind words, though I'm a little embarrassed and getting teased NO END by my coworkers!

 Carl Azuz, Anchor


Filed under: Feedback • News Coverage
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Alice

    I can't even see the video! 😦

    March 25, 2008 at 7:49 am |
  2. Indrid

    Is everyone still on that? Leave it alone all ready! It's not even news.

    March 25, 2008 at 11:00 am |
  3. Amy

    Today's news report infuriated me! The summary of the political parties was slanted! Republicans were portrayed as rich people that don't care about the poor...that's just wrong...come on CNN how about giving an unbiased report! Also, the report about the war in Iraq was so negative...Since our men and women are serving and giving their lives, why not show some of the good things that are going on rather than only the bad? The weeks that there were no deaths after the resurgance of troops, hardly any reports were given, now that we have hit the 4000 mark its another opportunity to "Bush Bash" once again....please America is so sick of it!

    March 25, 2008 at 12:23 pm |
  4. lainie

    hey hugging is a fun way to say hi and to greet friends but they shouldnt abandan hugging, hugging is fun

    March 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  5. Rico

    wow! i couldnt belive that when i heard that. i mean 2 seconds. you cant even say hi or sup in that time frame. Good thing I dont go to that school!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  6. sven

    It takes 2 seconds just to get your arm around somone. thats outrageous. I get hugged by my friend all the time. I mean jeesh. You are not going to die, i assure you.

    March 25, 2008 at 7:14 pm |
  7. Rebecca

    Ok everyone gives everyone hugs. If it is like your boyfriend or girlfriend and you are hugging for a long tim then I see where that rule could play. Also, if they ban hugging for more than 2 seconds, would that apply to teachers if their spouses came in?

    March 26, 2008 at 10:04 am |
  8. Rebecca

    I read a comment above and im mad too. Republicans are not rich! Republicans can be middle class and poor too. I don't know why you guys did that, now I don't know what to believe on here anymore.....

    March 26, 2008 at 10:05 am |
  9. Isabella

    dang. hugging for 2 seconds. thats the amount of time to just get your arm around the person youre hugging. good thing i live in indiana.

    March 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  10. Yuriko

    Hug wit love!! Hugging is a good trick when little kids cry!! Hugging is not like killing. It's being *nice* !! Anyway, some news just DOES NOT make sense!

    March 26, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  11. :(

    I clicked on the picture above to see the video,but I couldn't see it!!! I don't know why. Can somebody tell me what they're saying? And...a little idea about that financial program today,I think it's great!!!

    March 27, 2008 at 9:07 am |
  12. Ben

    I love to hug people. Why would they discourage people from showing their affection for one another. Two seconds is not long enough to convey your heartfelt concern for someone.

    March 27, 2008 at 9:32 am |
  13. Sara

    Carl's got some girlfriends!! OOOHHHH! Hey, JK.

    March 27, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  14. Jacki

    i think that it's stupid that we can't hug in school!!!! when my friends sister died i couldn,t give her a PROPEP hug bECAUSE OF SCHOOL RULES

    March 27, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  15. thatcavalierfan

    dude, its totally stupid that kids @ some middle schools can't even give each other a hug! gosh, its just a hug, if they were like, making out or something, thats different, but not being allowed to give a friend a HUG, wow! i'm glad they don't have that rule @ my school....

    March 27, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  16. Carrie

    I live in AZ, and when I heard this report, I freaked! If the district rules that hugging is banned, they might have influence on my school! I think hugging is perfectly fine. In the beginning of the year, we had an orientation on appropriate campus behavior. One of the rules is "No hugging, No PDA". After this rule was read, the students went nuts. However our school couselor said that hugging was acceptable, as long as they were brief. She disagreed with hugs in the form of full-on body presses. I agree with her. Students should be allowed to hug, but it shouldn't be excessive.

    March 28, 2008 at 12:56 am |
  17. Abby

    Not hugging should not be a rule because it just a way of friendship!! Its stupied the way the schools do. some teachers at my school hug there student although your our not allowed to hug. if teachers are allowed to hug there students, the students should be able to hug each other!!

    March 28, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  18. Rob

    People that ban hugging, need a hug. A big bear-hug!

    March 29, 2008 at 3:10 am |
  19. zach

    I think that this is stupied that you can give hugs. but, i don't care i still give them.

    April 4, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  20. Vanessa

    Huggism! spread the love! 🙂
    a hug is. like. the perfect gift! one size fits all, and nobody minds if u exchange it! yay!

    April 7, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Codie

    It is an outrage to think that teachers/faculty members would take the time(time that could be used HELPING students) watching them and making sure they weren't HUGGING???? Now if it was kids kissing or anything beyond that then something should be said, but when a hug is given, it is given as a sign of friendliness and hospitality into your life. Many of the students at my high school often times kiss and they get into minor trouble(for the first offense) and are allowed to hug because it shows that they are lovers not fighters and aren't looking for a fight.

    May 22, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  22. brooke

    I think that hugging for 2 sec. is wrong. u should hug as long as u wont. its not like were going to make out or anything.
    At my school were not even aloud to hug.

    March 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
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