Eighth-graders at Chase Middle School in North Carolina organized a “hug-in” protest and created a Facebook page in support of hugs after the school’s principal said such friendly embraces were off-limits, KSLA reports. Parker Jackson told the station that the no-hug directive was issued last week, upon his return to school following a hospital visit for a seizure he had suffered the day before. Jackson’s classmates watched him being carted away in an ambulance, and showered him with reassuring hugs when he arrived at school the next day. According to Jackson, the assistant principal then made an announcement on the megaphone at lunchtime saying students should tone down the displays of affection, and that all the hugging wasn’t allowed…

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