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Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 03:11
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MATAWAN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) 'There is a lot of confusion at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School, where students say the principal made an unusual announcement last week.

â€"First, I heard over the loudspeaker ‘We are a no hugging school' and we are…'This is our new policy,'” student John Carelli told CBS 2′s Cindy Hsu on Thursday.

Some of the students went home with stories about a hugging ban that if they hugged in school, they could be suspended.
Some parents, including Tammy Sabatini, who has had three kids attend the school, found the idea crazy.

â€"They've hugged forever since they were babies and now they're being told they can't do it,” Sabatini said.

1010 WINS' Steve Sandberg reports

â€"It's stupid, I've never heard of such a thing. Why can't you hug?” another parent told 1010 WINS' Steve Sandberg. â€"That's how we grew up, with affection. You hug, you kiss.”

â€"It's kind of silly,” one man said. â€"When I was in middle school I hugged my friends — boys and girls. I don't know what the big deal is.”

On Wednesday night, many parents received the following recorded message from the principal, trying to clarify things:

â€"Hugging can be inappropriate and we want to make sure that there's no inappropriate physical contact.  We certainly do not have a policy against hugging nor do we intend to or have we suspended students for hugging,” the message said.

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