A rule enforcing a No Body Contact policy at Bahrain Elementary School is leaving parents with questions and students without high-fives and hugs. The school's principal says it is a temporary measure as they develop a more comprehensive plan. (JOSHUA KARSTEN/STARS & STRIPES)
A rule enforcing a No Body Contact policy at Bahrain Elementary School is leaving parents with questions and students without high-fives and hugs. The school's principal says it is a temporary measure as they develop a more comprehensive plan. (JOSHUA KARSTEN/STARS & STRIPES)

‘No touching’ rule at Bahrain base elementary school bans high-fives, games of tag — for now

by Joshua Karsten
Stars and Stripes

MANAMA, Bahrain – A strict “no touching” rule that went into effect last week at Bahrain Elementary School has kept grade-schoolers from giving each other hugs and high-fives, prompting some parents to question the policy.

Some parents shared their frustrations online last week in an informal questionnaire that’s been sent to administrators. But school officials insist that the temporary rule is a step toward developing a comprehensive policy that allows some forms of physical contact.

Friction over the policy underscores a broader debate over several years in U.S. schools regarding both children’s rights – a concept steeped in United Nations conventions that calls for children’s mental, physical and psychological security – and how children learn and develop through physical contact.

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