SEARCH SITE:

HOME

NEW ARTICLES

Analysis
Strategies for building awareness for the potential of peace education in Cameroon Ben Oru Mforndip
Special Report
Has Democracy Enhanced Development in Africa? Conrad John Masabo
Feature
Permanent Emergency Powers in France: The ‘Law to Strengthen Internal Security and the Fight Against Terrorism’ and the Protection of Human Rights Lena Muhs
Essay
Women’s Political Representation in Sri Lanka: Leading towards Prosperity or Peril Pujika Rathnayake
Comment
Lack of empathy as a threat to peace Victoria Scheyer
Comment II
The death of democracy in Honduras Daniel Bagheri S.
Reflection
The Persons Who Changed the Lives of Terrorists and Criminals Surya Nath Prasad

RECENT ARTICLES
Analysis
Teaching Peace from Tales of the City: Peace Education through the Memoryscapes of Nagasaki Patporn Phoothong
Special Report
Reflections of Refugees in Africa Wyclife Ong'eta Mose
In-depth
Challenges and prospects of AU to implement the Ezulwini Consensus: The case of collective security and the use of force Tunamsifu Shirambere Philippe
Policy
The Right to Food Shant Melkonian
Feature
Freedom of Expression Under Threat in Zambia Mariateresa Garrido
Interview
Douglas Janoff on LGBTQIA Human Rights Luciana Téllez
Essay
Common Things: Communication, Community, Communal Peacebuilding Lina Patricia Forero Martínez
Comment
The political Crisis of the 2017 Honduran Election Daniel Bagheri S.
Research Summary
Water Security in the Sixaola River Basin Adrián Martinez Blanco and Diana Ubico Durán
Poetry
Reborn Arunima Chouguley
Letters
An Open Letter to the American People: Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age Richard Falk, David Krieger, and Robert Laney

ARCHIVES

Peace and Conflict News
Last Updated: 12/04/2007
Hugging dispute resolved
Associated Press

MASCOUTAH, Ill. — Maybe they hugged it out — school officials resolved their dispute with the parents of a 13-year-old girl given detention for hugging her friends.

Melissa and Dean Coulter met with officials of the Mascoutah, Illinois School District 19 to discuss the two detentions given their daughter, Megan, for hugging friends goodbye for the weekend. School officials said the eighth grader violated a policy banning public displays of affection.

“Our whole purpose of the meeting was to get them to talk to us and discuss what changes needed to be made and if (the policy) could be improved,” Dean Coulter said. “We scheduled it because we figured it was the right thing to do.”

Her parents told her to serve the detentions to avoid getting into more trouble, and had planned to take the issue before the Board of Education at its meeting Thursday.

Superintendent Sam McGowen said in a statement Monday that the Coulters had withdrawn their request to speak at the meeting, and decided instead to meet with administrators.

“I'm grateful they sought this meeting and we could have a level of discussion that helps us both understand each other's concerns more clearly,” Mr. McGowen stated.

He said he and Assistant Superintendent Terry Gibbons met with the Coulters on Friday and discussed the policy that led to the detentions.

“We told them that we reviewed it on an annual basis and that's where we left it,” he said.

Mr. Coulter said Mr. McGowen was very receptive during the meeting, and that the family is satisfied with the district's promise to at least look into revising the policy.

“I just feel like we've accomplished what we wanted to accomplish, and that was for them to talk to us,” he said.

 

Footer