Legal means of happiness and NO TOUCHING

Kelly Kramer

Hand holding is okay, groping is not.

Kelly Kramer, A&E Manager

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We’ve all seen it. Hopefully, we haven’t all done it.

Public displays of affection, otherwise known as PDA, have been rampaging through the halls of RB. Couples seem to be incapable of keeping their hands and mouths off of each other for the duration of our five minute passing periods, and it’s really rather sickening.

Every day during every passing period, I see at least one couple doing things that really ought not to be done in the hallways of a school. You want to hold hands? Fine. You want to hug? Alright. But there is absolutely no need for the near groping when chances are, after 52 minutes, said couples will be back together and commencing the groping once more.  

“Nothing good comes from touching. That’s kind of extreme, but I just don’t need to see it. It shouldn’t have a presence in the building,” said English teacher Wendy Cassens.

It seems to be becoming a big problem here. Teachers are noticing and they don’t like the PDA either. I don’t understand why anyone would even want their teachers to see them kissing.

Not only does PDA disgust those that are forced to bear witness to it, but it must be embarrassing for the couples to be told numerous times by teachers to stop. Furthermore, what about going to class? Passing periods are only five minutes long, I don’t see how they find the time to do anything but go to their locker and go to class.

“[They should] do it on their own time,” said senior Abby Willinger.

If I see a couple making out on the street somewhere, chances are, I’ll still be trying to hold back the last thing I ate, but at least it’s not in a school. A school is an establishment for learning and socializing, and no one really needs that distraction.


6 Responses to “Legal means of happiness and NO TOUCHING”

  1. LNDMRKTroll on October 3rd, 2011 8:00 pm

    Lol Ppl shld b able to k155 whrever they want. Stop geting in evry1s l0v3L1f3, sk0l sux allredy. kthnkxbye

  2. Louis Robling on October 4th, 2011 1:58 pm

    I cant help but laugh at “Nothing good comes from touching”. It sounds like 5th grade all over again. This is high school, get real people. If you don’t like it, don’t look. No one is forcing you to watch other people kissing.

  3. Anthony Scianna on October 6th, 2011 3:07 pm

    i agree with fitzy. let the people show their love.

  4. Mark Swift on October 17th, 2011 7:45 am

    Couples should be able to touch or kiss or hug when in school.

    Kissing, hugging and touching are part of our everyday lives so why should it not be allowed in schools. My evidence for this is you always see your mom and dad kiss and there’s a least one kiss in every movie now a days. Hugging is even more common and why shouldn’t it be its lovely greeting who doesn’t like receiving a hug from someone they like.

    Let couples do what they want to do in school.

    I do agree that anything more than a kiss or a hug should not be allowed because that is just simply too far and very inappropriate .

    So why should these things be banned from school just because someone else doesn’t enjoy seeing it and who cares what teachers think if you really enjoy something why should someone else’s opinion on it stop you from doing it. Its part of everyday life you will see it everywhere you go so just get use to it.

  5. Joey DiMarco on October 17th, 2011 8:32 am

    My view on pda varies; for the most part I understand why people would get upset by the constant scene of couples groping in the hallway. But other than that people need to stop complaining about pda.

    Couples wanting to display affection for each other should be able to. “It seems to be becoming a big problem here.” It’s becoming a problem here? Really? What harm to other students is pda exactly bringing? People can complain about it all they want but the fact is, no one is making you watch. If you are bothered that much by it, don’t look.

    So if you are extremely bothered by pda, don’t pay attention.

    However, I do agree with the fact that couples should calm it down a little bit. There are some cases when there is extreme groping going on and that shouldn’t be tolerated.

    Even though I agree on some small points, I highly disagree on the rest. “It must be embarrassing for the couples to be told numerous times by teachers to stop” is that what you think? Obviously it is not embarrassing for the couples if the keep doing it! That doesn’t even make sense? How could you say the must be embarrassed if they just continue doing it? The words “sickening” and “disgust” were used to describe what is going on in the halls. Are you kidding me? There is nothing going on that is really that bad to have to be described with those words. I don’t believe people are bothered by a little kiss here and there or a hug. Who are you to say couples can’t kiss or show affection in the hallway? If you don’t like it don’t look. No one is in your face and saying “watch this”. Calm down, grow up and ignore it like the rest of us. “A school is an establishment for learning and socializing, and no one really needs that distraction.” Yeah thank you for the definition of a school…but how in the world is pda a distraction to children’s education? If pda is going on in the passing periods, then how can you say that it is a distraction to students learning ability? That is just ridiculous.

  6. abbey on January 26th, 2012 12:20 pm

    I agree that PDA is very common during passing periods here. There is good and bad to it. The thing that bothers most people are the couples that makeout, the ones that are always tounge tied and know who you are. A simple peck and a hug are fine and that’s the limit. We are teenagers after all and teenagers love the thought of love and showing love. We just need to find a comfortable ground to where it crosses the line and to be careful about whose around you when you greet in the hallway. To quote Mr. Fields “Touching leads to babies.” So calm it down a bit.

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