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Should PDA be banned in schools?

Public Displays of Affection (PDA) are often seen in the halls of every high school. Although PDA can include a wide range of actions, school administrations are still attempting to control them. Throughout the country, policies vary in their acceptance of PDA. Some ban hugs or hand holding, while others allow kissing. The discrepancy in policies has sometimes led to confusion, and even outrage, among students who believe their actions are harmless.

What do you think? Are PDA harmless to the learning environment, or do they deserve to be banned?

Current Standings:
Yes: 28%
No: 72%
  • Rebekah from Oregon

    Public Displays of Affection. Depending on who you ask, this term could mean anything from a friendly side-hug to a full-blown make-out session. The general consensus of both sides of this debate seems to be in favor of some restrictions (banning obvious vulgarity and obscenity), but the question we must ask ourselves is this: where is the line? How can we enforce a good rule without infringing on our human right to expression?
    I believe the line here is actually rather simple. Hand-holding and hugs? Totally okay! If it is something you would feel comfortable doing with a friend or a parent, than it is an innocent gesture and should not be ridiculed by the school administration.
    But if it is kissing, groping, etc., it has crossed the line of innocent positive touch.
    Many comments from the people here say that the right to express feelings will be infringed upon, but the fact is, when you receive services from an institution of learning (i.e., a school), you are obligated to do nothing that detracts from another person’s learning experience beyond what is reasonable.
    When you willingly go to an institution of learning, you are willingly foregoing certain basic rights you have as a human being because you are agreeing to follow the rules and policies the school has put in place.
    School is a place to learn math, science, history, etc. If you want to make out with your boo/bae/whatever you call them, you can do it on your own time.

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    Public Displays of Affection. Depending on who you ask, this term could mean anything from a friendly side-hug to a full-blown make-out session. The g…

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    • Arrington from Georgia

      I feel PDA is ok. This gives young people the ability to express sexuality in public. There is an extent to what is acceptable and a line should be drawn. For schools to insist it is wrong to be lovey dovey it gives children the impression that expressing any affection is wrong.

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      I feel PDA is ok. This gives young people the ability to express sexuality in public. There is an extent to what is acceptable and a line should be dr…

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    • Natasha from New York

      yes

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    • B from Texas

      Amen!

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    • Zoë from Virginia

      I feel as though PDA in schools is fine, as long as it doesn’t disturb other students from learning in the actual classroom setting. If other students are bothered than they don’t have to look.

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      I feel as though PDA in schools is fine, as long as it doesn’t disturb other students from learning in the actual classroom setting. If other studen…

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  • thomas from Georgia

    if i have to go to school i dont wanna see yall get schwifty in the back of the class.

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  • Nick from Massachusetts

    There are many times when people take pda too far and it is not right for people to see in school. If people keep it relaxed then it is fine.

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  • Gabby from Massachusetts

    School is a place to learn not be all over someone. No one wants to see it and it just doesn’t need to be done in school in front of everyone. It can wait.

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    • Kaylie from Georgia

      Yes, School is a place to learn, I don’t think it should be banned all together though. Just as long as it doesn’t go too far as to like making out in the middle of the hallway for everyone to see or anything of that sort.

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      Yes, School is a place to learn, I don’t think it should be banned all together though. Just as long as it doesn’t go too far as to like making out in…

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  • Shannon from Massachusetts

    Yes PDA should be banned in schools because you come to school to learn and have plenty of time to do what they want to do outside of school.

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  • Jimena from Massachusetts

    There’s a place and time for things like that. School is not one of them.

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  • Eidy from Massachusetts

    I think they should because is in school is a place for someone to learn and not to watch two people make out right in front of someone and even if they are in a place where you would think no one is there

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    I think they should because is in school is a place for someone to learn and not to watch two people make out right in front of someone and even if th…

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  • Nate from Colorado

    PDA is ok in places but school is not the place for people to be making-out. I believe its ok to have relationships in school and its ok to hold hands and maybe a kiss but its not ok to spit gum into another persons mouth and making out against lockers. its gross and makes people uncomfortable.

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    PDA is ok in places but school is not the place for people to be making-out. I believe its ok to have relationships in school and its ok to hold han…

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  • Katherine from Massachusetts

    I think it would be totally fine to kiss/hold hands/ etc. outside of school hours and preferably outside of school property. I just believe that there are better ways to showcase affection instead of PDA. “Love” can be showcased in conversations or walks down the halls, not necessarily while holding hands or kissing. Holding hands/hugging might seem like an expectation for couples to have, but even those simple acts of PDA can cause distraction and pressure on high school students. At such a raw stage of development, I believe the school should do as much as it can to make sure the student is in a good place academically and mentally. Having that constant distraction/stress in school would likely affect the student’s focus in class and possibly pressure them into getting a relationship to experience that.

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    I think it would be totally fine to kiss/hold hands/ etc. outside of school hours and preferably outside of school property. I just believe that there…

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    • Bryanna from Colorado

      I think the issue with this is that, whether there are rules in place or not teenagers are going to do it anyways because most will believe the rule to be unjustified. Physical contact has been proven to be a necessity to humans for proper development, not just a want. While I agree that they could simply do this outside of school, school happens to be where teenagers spend the majority of their day.

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      I think the issue with this is that, whether there are rules in place or not teenagers are going to do it anyways because most will believe the rule t…

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  • Paige from Utah

    PDA can be distracting to the learning environment. While not all PDA is distracting, it would be better to ban all PDA then debate where to draw the line. There is a time and place for it, but I’m not sure school is that place.

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    PDA can be distracting to the learning environment. While not all PDA is distracting, it would be better to ban all PDA then debate where to draw the …

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  • Arik from New Jersey

    Nobody wants to see that.

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  • Abraham from New York

    I think that this should be banned because it makes studetns uncomfortable, it cane affect their education, and their lives in general. IT IS NOT GOOD!

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  • Pranav from New Jersey

    I think that PDA or public display of affection should be reduced in schools and have more emphasis and teaching on the problem. For example simple high fives and fist bumps may be tolerated but things like hugging and holding hands should be appropriate according to the scenario.

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    I think that PDA or public display of affection should be reduced in schools and have more emphasis and teaching on the problem. For example simple hi…

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  • Peyton from New Jersey

    Yes I think to some extent PDA should be banned. Things such as kissing could make other students feel uncomfortable. Things like hugging or holding hands should not be banned sice these are things that some friends do

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    Yes I think to some extent PDA should be banned. Things such as kissing could make other students feel uncomfortable. Things like hugging or holding h…

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  • Destney from Georgia

    In my opinion, it is only good manners to avoid PDA at school. PDA can make the others students feel uncomfortable. For instance, an student can suffer from the fear of PDA and once they see the students, they could possibly suffer from an panic attack.However, if PDA was to be banned in all schools of course this could be avoided and everyone will be content with their emotional

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    In my opinion, it is only good manners to avoid PDA at school. PDA can make the others students feel uncomfortable. For instance, an student can suffe…

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  • Kiersten from Indiana

    School is a learning environment. Students need to be professional and PDA is not professional at all.

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  • Patrick from Virginia

    It makes people feel uncomfortable and makes them not want to be in a room with them if they show PDA with someone else. They should do it out of public and not in view of others who don’t have someone they can show affection to.

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    It makes people feel uncomfortable and makes them not want to be in a room with them if they show PDA with someone else. They should do it out of publ…

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  • Hana from Texas

    I don’t have PDA in my school but I’ve seen it and it just makes me feel uncomfortable. I know that at our age hormones are raging but they can save that stuff for after school.

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  • Suhaylah from South Carolina

    One of the main reasons I say yes, we should ban PDA, is jealousy. Why jealousy? Say a girl or a guy had a crush on this person for awhile, then some girl or guy goes out with your crush. That person will get mad and jealousy makes you do crazy things. There was a story awhile back about three girls. One girl liked her best friend as a friend, but her best friend “liked” this new girl. One night at a sleepover, the girl caught her best friend and the new girl making out. She cried at the scene. Since gays and lesbians didn’t come out as much back then, her very own best friend and the new girl brutally killed her. Just because of them showing affection after awhile, they killed her for catching them being together together. Though banning PDA, will make the kids more affectionate towards the people they like and they may skip class. Though hugging a friend should be allowed. Just not kissing and holding hands every 3 minutes.

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    One of the main reasons I say yes, we should ban PDA, is jealousy. Why jealousy? Say a girl or a guy had a crush on this person for awhile, then some …

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  • Zachary from Kansas

    People are to young to show affection to each other in school. After school is there own business, but PDA is a stepping stone to other things. It can also be a depressing thing to other students wishing they had something they don’t. It is not that hard to wait seven hours to show affection to your friend. It also gets kids distracted from their school work. There are many studies to back this up. Overall kids should wait until their own to show their affection to one another.

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    People are to young to show affection to each other in school. After school is there own business, but PDA is a stepping stone to other things. It can…

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  • Trinity from Kansas

    When we look at the ban of PDA at schools we can’t just look at the touchy feely stuff that occurs but we also have to take a look at how this could affect their education and sex cells. During this time in school it is nearly one of he most crucial times to make sure to be successful. In all reality when we look at the sex cells we should be having the sexes divides. Due to the different cells that girls and guys obtain they learn completely different. For example, guys have more gray matter than girls so it becomes more difficult for them to comprehend ideas and concepts. While guys thrive and learn best with physical activities, girls are actually better at math and science because of the less gray matter. PDA should be banned because with girls and guys already being taught in the same class it puts a burden on both genders, and with PDA on top of this, it will only hurt both sides.

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    When we look at the ban of PDA at schools we can’t just look at the touchy feely stuff that occurs but we also have to take a look at how this could…

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  • Evan from Indiana

    There are various levels of PDA, ranging from holding hands, hugging, and full on making out. Now, as a college student, looking back at high school, it is safe for me to say that relationships at that age should not interfere with school. I see no harm in holding hands in the hallway, but allowing couples to kiss and make-out can be problematic. For one, it can be disturbing for others to see, and for two, it is distracting. High school relationships are very common, but school is no place for PDA, as it is strictly for learning and preparation for the real world. PDA is very unprofessional, and allow students to exhibit these actions will make them believe that is acceptable in their professional field. Teaching students at a younger age that PDA is not acceptable will benefit them in the future. Although students may be extremely frustrated with the strict rules and the fact that Sarah can’t kiss Josh by the cafeteria during the five minute passing period between ceramics and biology, one day the students will realize how silly PDA is and will appreciate the rules prohibiting it.

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    There are various levels of PDA, ranging from holding hands, hugging, and full on making out. Now, as a college student, looking back at high school, …

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  • Nick from Virginia

    They’re very dangerous for students and inflict in more unnecessary sexual behavior in public schools, which tends to be a waste of their own educational time!

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  • Abby from Wisconsin

    It is very uncomfortable when I see even my friends show PDA. Hugging a friend is perfectly fine but you can easily distinguish the difference between a friend and a significant other. Seeing it automatically makes you think of their whole relationship and whether it has worked out or not. You are at school for a reason FOR SCHOOL! Tickling, holding hands, kissing, etc. are not needed nor are wanted.

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    It is very uncomfortable when I see even my friends show PDA. Hugging a friend is perfectly fine but you can easily distinguish the difference between…

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  • Carrie from Georgia

    I feel like PDA in schools should be banned. In my school at least, in between class periods, there are always couples that are try to get all of the affection that they can within the three minutes that they have. As you are walking down the hall it is very inappropriate and gross to look over and see a full on make out session. I believe that school is for education purposes only. The after school, on your own time is for affection purposes. I understand that at school you are surrounded by the same few people, so by the time you are a senior you will have found someone that you believe that you are in love with. However, this does not mean that there needs to be kissing or touching in the hallway during school.

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    I feel like PDA in schools should be banned. In my school at least, in between class periods, there are always couples that are try to get all of the …

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  • Max from Alaska

    Reason for saying yes is that their is a certian extent to PDA in school like so say if you hugged your girlfriend in the hallway but nothing else that should be ok, but when it comes the flat out making out or grabbing at certian areas the no it’s not okay. It a very tricky question to answer but in simple terms it should be allowed with rules.

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    Reason for saying yes is that their is a certian extent to PDA in school like so say if you hugged your girlfriend in the hallway but nothing else tha…

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  • Katel from Alabama

    I think PDA should be banned. Personally, in school I think it is disgusting. If you can’t wait to have a make out session then you probably need to go to counseling because that is an issue. I think that hugging is fine and I don’t have a problem with that, but if you have to make out between every class period, I think that is very extreme and uneccessary. Otherwise, hugging or holding hands in school is fine with me and doesn’t bother me.

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    I think PDA should be banned. Personally, in school I think it is disgusting. If you can’t wait to have a make out session then you probably need to…

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  • Ur from Colorado

    I believe that PDA should be banned from schools because it makes many uncomfortable. Students that are very focused on relationships and seeing their partner after class will not be focused while in the classroom. I am a student and when I see PDA going on in the hallways, I am made very uncomfortable. These students will see each other in less than an hour, so I don’t see a point of making out in the hallway.

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    I believe that PDA should be banned from schools because it makes many uncomfortable. Students that are very focused on relationships and seeing thei…

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    I think to some extent PDA should be banned if it is deemed inappropriate. Kissing, etc should not be allowed at school but hugging and holding hands and other actions of that nature should be allowed. After that, it is up to the individual to decide what they personally feel is appropriate to do in public.

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    I think to some extent PDA should be banned if it is deemed inappropriate. Kissing, etc should not be allowed at school but hugging and holding hands…

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    General displays of affection are acceptable. However, there are a few situations and actions that should not be allowed in school. Hugs, especially between friends, should be acceptable, but a couple making out in the hallway is distracting and inappropriate. I don’t think PDA should be banned completely but there should be regulations on what is appropriate and allowed and what is not.

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    General displays of affection are acceptable. However, there are a few situations and actions that should not be allowed in school. Hugs, especially b…

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  • stacey from Kentucky

    I believe that PDA should be banned because sometimes it can go to the extent of being too far. I understand that hugs aren’t always a huge deal but in other cases they can be. Overall there definitely needs to be a few bans on what’s allowed to happen in the school environment. In my opinion, I do not want to see my classmates kissing or holding hands. I feel like there should be restrictions on these in particular. I think that it’s okay to be affectionate with your friends and normal, however there is a point where it’s too far and not in the right context for school.

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    I believe that PDA should be banned because sometimes it can go to the extent of being too far. I understand that hugs aren’t always a huge deal but i…

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  • annie from Kentucky

    PDA should definitely be banned. School is not the place to show affection around other people who don’t want to see it. It should be private affection taken somewhere else other than school. It is inappropriate to go too far around others especially at school. There should be limitation to this ban.

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    PDA should definitely be banned. School is not the place to show affection around other people who don’t want to see it. It should be private affectio…

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    • Emma from California

      Just put your head down and ignore kids who think theyre in love, it should’t affect your learning ability or everyday life. Just because its gross and no one wants to see it doesn’t mean it needs to be officially banned. If a couple is really bothering you so much either learn how to ignore them or kindly ask them to not do that near you. Your not going to be able to control or ban things that people do in there everyday lives that honestly don’t affect u at all.

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      Just put your head down and ignore kids who think theyre in love, it should’t affect your learning ability or everyday life. Just because its gross an…

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  • Quentin from Kentucky

    While it isn’t entirely bad, some people are unstable and take love way too far, in public. I think that if people want to show affection, they should do it in the most reasonable and appropriate way possible. They can do whatever they want at home. There is no reason to suck each other’s faces at a public place such as school.

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    While it isn’t entirely bad, some people are unstable and take love way too far, in public. I think that if people want to show affection, they should…

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  • MIkaili from Kentucky

    I think that hugs are okay, but making out and other things are not. Public is not for that stuff. Quick hugs and such are fine. I don’t think hugging should be banned but I think that kissing and such should be.

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    I think that hugs are okay, but making out and other things are not. Public is not for that stuff. Quick hugs and such are fine. I don’t think hugging…

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  • Hunter from Kentucky

    I feel there should be a limit on it as you could hug your friends as there is no problem but I mean cuddling and kissing and stuff like that is for another time. There is always the quote “Get a room” and I think that is where this relates very well as you can do this on your own time but hugging is not a problem, I think that is fine to do but nothing more than that should be allowed in schools.

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    I feel there should be a limit on it as you could hug your friends as there is no problem but I mean cuddling and kissing and stuff like that is for a…

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  • Ashley from Kentucky

    Yes, I think PDA should be banned in schools because there is a certain time and place to do that but not in school in public. If you are dating someone, you can talk to them or whatever but I don’t think it should go to the extent of making out in the school hallway or before class or something. That could make someone else in the room feel uncomfortable or make everyone feel weird in the room or walking by.

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    Yes, I think PDA should be banned in schools because there is a certain time and place to do that but not in school in public. If you are dating someo…

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  • Dylan from Kansas

    I find that the argument is too broad, and should looked at as a matter of lack of parental teaching on such subjects, sexual education classes in school as well as being raised in a generation where we are not taught as a society to respect our significant others. And Public Displays of affection (Being more than hugs or holding hands. Like kissing, inappropriate hand placement or acts of sensual contact. Everyone has their right to do as they please, so long as laws are obeyed, but if a school handbook states that there shall be no PDA then such rules must be followed. To complain about this would only be logical if you were paying for your schooling, and as most students receive free high school education then I should see no reason that anyone could complain about such a rule in their schools. Public Displays of Affection create uncomfortable situations for all those looking on and if someone can’t “keep it in their pants” until they are out of school then it’s fair to say they shouldn’t be in that school setting bad examples for others.

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    I find that the argument is too broad, and should looked at as a matter of lack of parental teaching on such subjects, sexual education classes in sch…

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  • Dylan from New York

    Yes PD should be banned from schools. American schools must preserve our culture and uphold morals. Students should demonstrate good behavior in school. Schools have a code of conduct in order to foster a learning environment. In the Supreme Court case Bethel School District v. Fraser, 1968, the Supreme Court ruled that it did not violate the rights of student, Matt Fraser, when he was expelled for shouting obscenities. Another Supreme Court case Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 1988, the Supreme Court ruled that schools can restrict free expression for educational purposes. There is a time and place for students to show affection. School is neither. The sole focus of the school is to keep students safe and prepare to lead a successful life with character and morals.

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  • Julia from South Carolina

    I voted “yes” primarily because there appears to be a lack of votes on this side, but also because the argument is much stronger. What is important to take note of is that this question does not just ask whether or not PDA (public displays of affection) should be banned, but rather whether or not PDA should be banned in schools.
    Firstly, any arguments regarding one’s right to freedom of expression cannot be applied. When we enter public schools, we explicitly give up certain rights for the sake of security and educational order. For example, you cannot cause a great disturbance by yelling out a cuss word in the middle of class, or you’ll face punishment. Similarly, if a couple’s display of affection causes a great disturbance, they have the potential of facing punishment. Therefore, it’s clear there is not a constitutional protection to displaying public affection. Many schools even have signs posted on their front doors stating that upon entering the building you give up certain constitutional protections.
    Secondly, PDA is not something that is exactly appropriate for schools. The primary purpose of a school is not for students to express themselves (though they still have the opportunity to do so through what they wear, what they say, who they talk to, and how they take on the classes they are in). PDA, rather, takes away from the educational purpose of schools. It makes teachers and other students uncomfortable, and makes the school come across as a place to “hangout” rather than learn. As a result, students may not take their classes as seriously and teachers will struggle to maintain diligence.
    Thirdly, students who partake in PDA in schools will likely regret it later. PDA, especially between two people who are not in a relationship, often results in bullying and people mocking the pair for what actions they committed. Even further than that, it tarnishes the students’ reputations among the teachers and administration of the school. While in the heat of the moment they might be okay with what they did, when they realize the implicit repercussions, they likely would have wished that PDA had been more strictly enforced against.
    Overall, PDA in schools is unnecessary, disturbing, and disruptive. For the sake of the teachers, administration, and students, banning it would be the right step.

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    I voted “yes” primarily because there appears to be a lack of votes on this side, but also because the argument is much stronger. What is important to…

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  • Julia from South Carolina

    I voted “yes” primarily because there appears to be a lack of votes on this side, but also because the argument is much stronger. What is important to take note of is that this question does not just ask whether or not PDA (public displays of affection) should be banned, but rather whether or not PDA should be banned in schools.
    Firstly, any arguments regarding one’s right to freedom of expression cannot be applied. When we enter public schools, we explicitly give up certain rights for the sake of security and educational order. For example, you cannot cause a great disturbance by yelling out a cuss word in the middle of class, or you’ll face punishment. Similarly, if a couple’s display of affection causes a great disturbance, they have the potential of facing punishment. Therefore, it’s clear there is not a constitutional protection to displaying public affection. Many schools even have signs posted on their front doors stating that upon entering the building you give up certain constitutional protections.
    Secondly, PDA is not something that is exactly appropriate for schools. The primary purpose of a school is not for students to express themselves (though they still have the opportunity to do so through what they wear, what they say, who they talk to, and how they take on the classes they are in). PDA, rather, takes away from the educational purpose of schools. It makes teachers and other students uncomfortable, and makes the school come across as a place to “hangout” rather than learn. As a result, students may not take their classes as seriously and teachers will struggle to maintain diligence.
    Thirdly, students who partake in PDA in schools will likely regret it later. PDA, especially between two people who are not in a relationship, often results in bullying and people mocking the pair for what actions they committed. Even further than that, it tarnishes the students’ reputations among the teachers and administration of the school. While in the heat of the moment they might be okay with what they did, when they realize the implicit repercussions, they likely would have wished that PDA had been more strictly enforced against.
    Overall, PDA in schools is unnecessary, disturbing, and disruptive. For the sake of the teachers, administration, and students, banning it would be the right step.

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  • Esther from New Jersey

    I would like to clarify two things giving other people hugs or a high five is not PDA,if so then you cannot touch anybody not even your teachers. PDA is affectionately kissing someone or touching, etc. Therefore in a school PDA should be banned. If you want to see your significant other it can be done else where. School is not a social club, students are there to learn math, English, and all their other subjects. It is a place you go to learn not socialize. Now don’t get me wrong during break of course you can go out to chat, but it is not a place to show PDA. It is not an appropriate nor designated place to do so. On top of that, it can be an eyesore for some and distract others as well as the individual doing so; for his mind will only be thinking about the next time he will see that person. In conclusion, this form of PDA should be banned in schools.

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    I would like to clarify two things giving other people hugs or a high five is not PDA,if so then you cannot touch anybody not even your teachers. PDA …

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  • Khali from Missouri

    If I were to say anything, it would be that PDA should be banned. We go to school for one specific reason; to learn and grow. With people foundling over others, it makes this concept of learning that much harder to attain. This is not to say they can’t be in “love” somewhere else. PDA violates the main focus of the school, this is an aspect that should be considered while debating this topic. Whether or not people like this ban, we still must follow it ( it’s there for a reason ). For example, how are you supposed to focus on what’s important when in fact someone next to you is making out with another student ( who as well should be paying attention ). PDA is not bad in all its aspects, but school is NOT the right place for it to happen. In brief, I do believe that PDA should be banned and anything close to it.

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    If I were to say anything, it would be that PDA should be banned. We go to school for one specific reason; to learn and grow. With people foundling ov…

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  • Shelby Paulele from Oregon

    Yes, to an extent. After all, we aren’t in the colonial period, where you are banned from showing any affection in public, and even getting punished for it. Kissing/ making out should be disallowed, however, there is nothing wrong with hugging or holding hands. It’s not a crime to be in love, and if we worry too much about how things affect other people’s feelings, we’ll end up disallowing everything. However, a school is supposed to be an educational environment, so the preservation of that atmosphere is also important. Too much PDA is as distracting as it is… overwhelming, so the extreme forms of it should be stopped.

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    Yes, to an extent. After all, we aren’t in the colonial period, where you are banned from showing any affection in public, and even getting punished f…

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  • Nikki from Florida

    Looking at middle school’s and high school’s, it’s considered a job for students. The individual students are given a schedule and tasks along with each subject, similarly to a career. The question isn’t whether or not Public Displays of Affection should be banned, it should be more about how it affects the student acting in such a way, the school, and other students. The goal for everyone, specifically in a career, is to have the best reputation and image. Unfortunately, for those students who prefer to be physically affectionate give off an immature and disrespectful image. In simpler terms, you wouldn’t see two colleagues exhibiting such affection. By affection, I mean kissing, touching inappropriately, and speaking in a derogative way. Although, you still wouldn’t see co-workers holding hands or hugging in such a manner. It would most likely be more impersonal. In a classroom or school setting, it may be seen as distracting. Which, is punishable, due to the fact it impedes on other’s education.

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  • Lakeje from Maryland

    Eventhough PDA seems like something that should be allowed due to our tendency as human beings to physically express our affection towards someone. But for preparation of future professional settings in life the ban of PDA in schools will give children more control over there way of expression and it would lead to having professional social tools for the future after school.

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  • Brendon from Kansas

    I think PDA should be banned because i don’t think somebody wants to see people making out. There is a time and place you can do it out of school.

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  • Gloria from Kansas

    PDA should be banned because us students are forced to be at school everyday. We are forced to deal with rude teachers and other peers.

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  • Brea from Kansas

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN!!!! PDA is not appropriate in schools. I think if you can’t wait to kiss and hug all over your boyfriend then you don’t need to have one. Nobody wants to see everyone kissing their boyfriends and girlfriends during school hours. People can wait until they are at home or somewhere private or at least somewhere where nobody cares. People in school care cause its distracting.

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    WHAT DO YOU MEAN!!!! PDA is not appropriate in schools. I think if you can’t wait to kiss and hug all over your boyfriend then you don’t need to have …

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  • Isabella from Georgia

    While hugging, hand holding, and chaste/close-mouthed kisses should be allowed, anything more is a distraction to both teachers and fellow students. Public schools are for education, but it is also where students spend the majority of their days. Therefore some PDA should be allowed, but there is a line. From personal experience and speaking with others, hugging, hand holding, and occasional chaste/close-mouthed kisses (while for some are a mild distraction), allows couples show each other the care they have while still not bringing too much attention.

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  • Erica from Kansas

    School’s are a government run, funded, and administered organization. Because public schools are an environment that puts hundreds and often thousands of students in the same space, PDA should not be allowed. PDA demonstrates a lack of respect for yourself, your partner, and your teachers/administration. It also shows a lack of control. If people are going to act on their feelings for each other, it should be in a private place. The effects of witnessing PDA have been scientifically proven as damaging. Just as movies are rated for their content and given appropriate viewing ages, Schools need to severely limit the ability of students to engage in any and all forms of PDA.

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    • Nathan from Washington

      I’d love for you to cite that scientific source. Also, any argument on the basis of repressing your feelings seems like a poor one to me. If I’m depressed, would you tell me not to express that? If I was angry, would you tell me not to express that? Why is love the emotion that has to be repressed? I imagine a perspective of this nature stems from issues with emotional expression and the reception of love, so why isn’t that the issue instead of PDA?

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  • Camryn from North Carolina

    I believe there is no need for excessive PDA, but things like hugging or holding hands are fine. There is no need for excessive things like practically making out and groping at a lunch table or in the halls. There should be limits on the amount of PDA allowed, not necessarily ban it alltogether.

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    I believe there is no need for excessive PDA, but things like hugging or holding hands are fine. There is no need for excessive things like practicall…

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  • connequlah from Georgia

    because sexual interaction shouldn’t be allowed in a learning place

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  • rebekah from West Virginia

    PDA should be banned in school because when you are at school you are there to learn. Not to suck each others faces. Plus when children are kissing in the hallway it makes some people feel awkward. I think they should be able to give their girlfriends/boyfriends a quick peck, but not make out.

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    PDA should be banned in school because when you are at school you are there to learn. Not to suck each others faces. Plus when children are kissing in…

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  • Megan from North Carolina

    I think that PDA should be banned from schools because it’s not necessary for people to be all over each other at school. It could cause problems with parents because they could forbid their child from being with someone and at school they could eventually find somewhere to do everything.

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    I think that PDA should be banned from schools because it’s not necessary for people to be all over each other at school. It could cause problems with…

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  • Owen from Florida

    Yes. They are totally inappropriate and distracting. Nobody wants to see you kissing and groping each other in the hall.

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  • James from Colorado

    I believe there are things that are private and should be left out of a public institution, or public venue and expressed in the privacy of some other place like a domicile. There really is no legitimate reason to be swapping spit (or “macking”) or anyone in a school hallway or else where on school grounds. Only someone with low moral standards and a budding exhibitionist would engage in such behavior. It is tantamount to inviting others to watch as the hormones start to flow and the first overtures of the Sexual dance plays out. One begins to wonder, “Will we get to watch the climactic scene?” I hope that young people can have enough self esteem and self respect to not fall into the trap of PDA’s in public schools. Schools are called public for a reason, and if you wish to engage in this behavior, then don’t be offended or surprised if you become judged as a person who is easy, and has no virtue. In other words, someone who will fall for anything.

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  • Samantha from Washington

    Considering the amount of free-time students have available to them after school, it would be sufficient to say that they can “express” their affections at a more appropriate time. Schools are meant to be places of education, not necessarily a social petri-dish. Although more simplistic and vanilla forms of affection should not be criticized too harshly (i.e. holding hands and hugging during appropriate times), PDA during class times or any form of PDA that disrupts the usual flow of education should be put on hold until after classes let out. There’s no harm in waiting to kiss your significant other until after the bell rings. Whenever folks are making out in the hallways, walkways, or staircases, all it does is inhibit others from reaching their classes and makes everyone feel uncomfortable in the face of such immature antics.

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  • Dianna from Utah

    I will admit, yes I have held hands, hugged my boyfriend in the building. But for me, there’s a line on what is too far. There’s a right time and a right place, school… just doesn’t seem to fit. It’s hard getting to class on time when people are in the middle of the hall, nonstop kissing. It gets really disturbing to watch sometimes too. If you wanna get a lil’ frisky, take it some place else please.

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  • Mikaila from Arkansas

    First of all, PDA is very distracting in an educational setting. How can a student learn when two other students are all over each other? Secondly, it is unprofessional. School should not only be a learning environment for scholarly materials, but it should prepare its students for the professional workplace. Lastly, it makes others uncomfortable. It also raises simple school ground love to a higher standard. Other couples shouldn’t feel pressured to do anything, and single people shouldn’t feel pressured to not be single. I say, leave the displays of affection to more private locations and events.

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    First of all, PDA is very distracting in an educational setting. How can a student learn when two other students are all over each other? Secondly, it…

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  • Syryth from Pennsylvania

    PDA is a broken policy that is rarely followed by students in my school. With maybe three teachers that will actually talk to us about affection, I don’t understand what the issue is. Personally, I have a girlfriend, but I try to keep our relationship quite even though the entire school knows about it. Why should anyone get in trouble for dealing with someone that they care about.

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    PDA is a broken policy that is rarely followed by students in my school. With maybe three teachers that will actually talk to us about affection, I do…

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  • Chloe from Montana

    School is meant for learning! Education is super importance and can get you far in life if you take it seriously. PDA should be left for times away from school (and there is plenty of time left). I think students should do their best to learn how to focus and love the work they are doing and learning how to do.

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    School is meant for learning! Education is super importance and can get you far in life if you take it seriously. PDA should be left for times away fr…

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  • Claire from Indiana

    We display affection through many means, including physical touch. In our culture, it is seen as perfectly normal to touch/hold hands with/hug your parent, sibling, or otherwise close friend. Encouragement and affection shown through these means are vital to the emotional wellbeing of these students, and friendship between students should be encouraged.
    The issue arises when physical contact passes beyond this type of companionable affection. As defined by Your Dictionary, “PDA: public display of affection (kissing, hugging or showing affection to your romantic partner in public).” Kissing and heavy petting are deemed appropriate only between romantic partners, and as such have no place on a school campus during school hours. School programs, rules, and staff should all be focused on the intellectual and emotional development of the students. This type of physical contact has the potential to detract from the students’ educations, both for the students involved and for the students distracted by the actions of others.
    Simply put, while normal physical contact should not be banned by any measures, public displays of affection such as kissing should be banned from school hallways.

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  • Alexis from Oklahoma

    Public display of affection is inappropriate and needs to be banned in every school. Public schools provides students with a quality learning environment that is free and should not be taken for granted. PDA is a distraction and takes away from students ability to learn. Not only for the people around them, but also the students that are taking part because their minds will be elsewhere instead of on the education materials! School is not all day, it is a small portion of the twenty- fours in a day and should be dedicated to education.

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  • Gabriela from Massachusetts

    School is a place for learning and education, not to be distracted by a relationship. Allowing PDA in schools means that kids are allowed to be distracted by another person’s relationship or with their own relationship, which could negatively impact their academic performance. Relationships should be fostered outside of school, not inside.

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    School is a place for learning and education, not to be distracted by a relationship. Allowing PDA in schools means that kids are allowed to be distra…

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    • k from New Jersey

      What about friends

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  • Ryne from Texas

    For some people PDA is not a problem but as you know there are many people at school that have no boundaries and this rule was made and should continue to be followed because it restricts problems occurring and lets people know that there is a time and place for it. School is for learning and teaching students to achieve their very best and I think PDA distracts many from this.

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  • Madison from Ohio

    First of all, a school is an education center. There is a time and place for everything, and a school seems an inappropriate place for romance. PDAs can be considered as harming the educational environment.Second of all, most kids at schools are legally dependent. It’s quite possible that the parents don’t approve or know about the relationships their children are having. The school can’t take responsibility of tracking relationships and reporting it to parents, so a ban completely is easier to enforce and keep the school liable. Furthermore, school hallways can be overcrowded anyways. There are areas blocked in front of classes and lockers or even the whole entire hallway. There’s hundreds of students needing to get from Point A to B.

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    First of all, a school is an education center. There is a time and place for everything, and a school seems an inappropriate place for romance. PDAs c…

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  • Dana from Arkansas

    I would not disagree if it were a side hug–because EVERYONE needs a hug sometimes. When it is a full frontal hug, no matter the gender, it can become a problem which could carry over into more then, or later. Boys especially are so “turned on” easily and they might want to “bump and grind” and that would be taking things way to far. Keeping them from pda, especially in the Junior High, is a very good thing.

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  • Tessie from Tennessee

    I think some forms of PDA should be banned (i.e. mouth to mouth kissing and things further than that) due to the fact that it makes some individuals uncomfortable and could lead to individuals being extremely indecent like grabbing at one another. However, forms of PDA such as handholding or hugging aren’t considered as sexual and actually deemed as friendly. Those forms shouldn’t be banned because they aren’t typically sexual in nature.

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    I think some forms of PDA should be banned (i.e. mouth to mouth kissing and things further than that) due to the fact that it makes some individuals u…

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  • Yesibel from Texas

    It’s human nature to be affectionate, I think. It’s also understandable that students may want to show affection to their significant others. While it’s important that students maintain a healthy life outside of academics, it must be made obvious that it should be separate from their learning environments. As teenagers, it’s easy to fall into the temptation to experiment certain things with other people, but it’s oftentimes distracting to those around them. School is a place of academic and intellectual advancement. Students participating in PDA make it difficult to maintain the learning environment that schools need. Students have the right to attend their academic institutions without having to encounter PDA. If someone wants to show affections to others, let it be somewhere where it is appropriate and where a distraction isn’t so consequential.

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    It’s human nature to be affectionate, I think. It’s also understandable that students may want to show affection to their significant others. While it…

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  • Zac from Illinois

    Literally nothing is more annoying than people making out in the middle of the hallway as you’re trying to get to class. Stop it, get some help.

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  • Paula from California

    While I am not a fan of watching a young couple lovingly shove their tongues down each other’s throats, I do not believe schools should not ban PDA. I feel that PDA should be curtailed, but not banned all together. A ban would call to question as to what defines PDA. There would be no feasible way to regulate such a ban. Schools could take this to the extreme and discipline students who could simply be hugging as friends. There is no fair way to distinguish the difference between a friendly hug from a romantic one. A ban on PDA could actually promote discrimination or even unnecessary student anxiety.

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    • Mila from Georgia

      yes!!

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    • Cristian from Virginia

      When you’re in a relationship you’d want to give your significant other a quick kiss before you leave, some students don’t understand that a full make-out sesh makes other students uncomfortable so we shouldn’t ban PDA as long as students know where they are

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    • Vannasy from Virginia

      I think it’s normal things and it’s nothing wrong with that unless they aren’t going to do something they shouldn’t do. It’s the period of teen in high school to get into a relationship and holding hands or hugging.

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      I think it’s normal things and it’s nothing wrong with that unless they aren’t going to do something they shouldn’t do. It’s the period of teen in hig…

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  • Dalton from Georgia

    It really depends on the type of PDA being displayed, if it’s a simple hug then of course not, but if two students are being sexual with each other, then action does need to be taken. There are a lot of teachers, though who get angry at students who hug each other, there’s nothing wrong with hugging, as long as it doesn’t progress to something sexual.

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    It really depends on the type of PDA being displayed, if it’s a simple hug then of course not, but if two students are being sexual with each other, t…

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    • abbigail from Georgia

      yes dalton i agree

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    • Mila from Georgia

      what if i dont want to see people scoodily pooping in class or the hallway

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    • Kayla from Georgia

      I TOTALLY AGREE

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  • Kayla from Georgia

    Im not a [person that likes to see this actions take place BUT…. I feel the simple things like hand holding or hugging someone shouldnt be stopped but.. their are others actions i feel shouldnt be allowed so i feel their shouldnt be a law to get rid of PDA completely but have limits on the absolutely uneeded actions of PDA

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  • Jackson from Georgia

    As a student I have the choice to refuse, ignore, or accept PDA in schools.

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  • Torrenzio from Ohio

    Because love is love and everyone should be allowed to show that anywhere they want.

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  • abbigail from Georgia

    Although PDA is not very pleasing to see i fell that if a student wants to hug,hold hands,etc. they should be able to show affection with limits of course. In today’s society students are surrounded by PDA and being able to express affection would help the students develop and learn how to treat others

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    Although PDA is not very pleasing to see i fell that if a student wants to hug,hold hands,etc. they should be able to show affection with limits of co…

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    • Jackson from Georgia

      facts

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  • Joseph from Massachusetts

    Even though seeing people do things in school can make you feel uncomfortable, just let them do them. If it isn’t really affecting you, then don’t worry about getting rid of it. People should stop worrying about other people doing things and only to worry about yourself. No lie, I do feel uncomfortable in these situations, but I’m not trying to stop what they are doing.

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    Even though seeing people do things in school can make you feel uncomfortable, just let them do them. If it isn’t really affecting you, then don’t wor…

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  • t'andrew from New Jersey

    no

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  • Lavanaya from California

    From Grey’s Anatomy to the Office, public displays of “affection” in formal environments have been lionized in our culture. School dances are filled with girls in spandex dancing a little too closely with guys wearing sleeveless muscle tees. Every high school prom-happily-ever-after-story ends with a romantic dance and dip between a female and male student. In the twenty first century when sex ed is practically a mandatory part of our health curriculum, banning PDA would be useless if not ludicrous. As a way to control the sexual tension between aroused male and female students, school boards have begun creating policies of policing and banning p.d.a that occurs on school campuses. But is this really that effective? When almost every tv show a teenager watches contains pda between underage couples, when every romantic book from the Hunger Games to Divergent ends in underage couples kissing and dating, when high school dating has become the “IT” culture, a simple policy change will not prevent girls and guys from hugging and touching each other. To say that this is a distraction in school environments that can be removed is simply false. Snapchat, Facebook, twitter are all distractions schools have blocked on their wifi networks. What have students done? Downloaded vpns. Drinking and smoking are distractions that are illegal for students. What have students done to work around them? Created fake ids. You can’t just ban something so ingrained within our culture and expect the ever growing minds of our youth to not find a way out of your rule making. Soon, there will be secret make out closets, special hugging stalls, hidden kissing corners. What’s worse? Being able to call your students out on their inappropriate behavior and force them to focus on the lesson being taught in class or watch them cut class for a quickie because they have a boner in need of release? We are wasting a lot of school funding, time, and money trying to create and uphold school policies that ban pda. Instead, we should focus on training our students on proper etiquette and how to behave in public to instill values within them that prevent them from behaving provocatively in educational environments.

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    • Dalton from Georgia

      I agree, I feel that even if there was a policy put in place against PDA, students will still rebel and break the rule, because most students these days couldn’t care less about the consequences.

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      I agree, I feel that even if there was a policy put in place against PDA, students will still rebel and break the rule, because most students these da…

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  • Ericka Lorraine from Texas

    PDA can be classified as anything from a hug, to, I admit, a make-out session. However, if you are truly in love with someone, you’d want to show them just how loved and valued they actually are. Some couples may not even have much time for each other due to conflicting schedules, so school may be the only place where they can be around each other. Besides, if people don’t like it, they can just look away. Just because you’re jealous, that doesn’t give you the right to put a limit on others’ love.

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  • Kaitlyn from Illinois

    Many students entering in high school are also entering into relationships for the first time. There are also students who may have been dating their significant for a long time. Whatever case it may be, students have a right to display their affection for one another just as students have the right to display kindness to one another. Given, there are boundaries that students must be aware of, but if the school system is able to clearly establish what these PDA boundaries are, students should have the right to display their affection and love for one another.

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  • Kamille from New Hampshire

    Although my heart and experience say, yes, PDA should be banned, teenagers like to rebel when they don’t get what they want. Psychologically teenagers tend to act up more when they are told they cannot do something. If a law were to be placed, where teenagers could not express their love to whoever they are dating, they wou find ways around it. This could cause students to sneak around school, do things in bathrooms or locker rooms, and potentially cause more absences. Students may not be allowed to kiss and hug at home, so school is the only safe place they can do it. Teachers would have to enforce this rule and report the perpetrators to the principal, opposed to focusing on teaching their classes. Peer pressure, grades, and activities already cause significant stress on teenagers, by allowing them to have PDA in school, they can feel better supported throughout the day and will not try to rebel. Overall a law that bans PDA in schools in unnecessary, the government should focus on more suppressing issues in the world.

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    Although my heart and experience say, yes, PDA should be banned, teenagers like to rebel when they don’t get what they want. Psychologically teenagers…

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  • Lizbeth from Georgia

    PDA like holding hands, kissing, hugging is okay, so long as it doesn’t develop and become more of a sexual display.

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  • Chrislyn from Georgia

    Some things cross the line but a simple hug should be okay. PDA should be monitored not banned.

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  • Joshua from Pennsylvania

    No, I do not think that PDA (Public Displays of Affection) should be banned. However, it should be regulated rather than banned. In my own opinion, hugging and kissing is rather harmless. But making out, groping and or other sexual activities in classrooms or hallways is I think most agree is completely unacceptable. On the other hand, having a relationship while satisfying your academic responsibilities can be pretty tough. Sometimes the only communication a high school couple has is various social medias, texting, and or by phone calls. So, it’s understandable that there is a physical and emotional strain on relationships so it’s completely understandable if they hug and or kiss in the hallways once in a while, coming from experiences from a high school student like myself.

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    No, I do not think that PDA (Public Displays of Affection) should be banned. However, it should be regulated rather than banned. In my own opinion, hu…

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  • Annabel from Colorado

    People in schools are not only learning academics, but how to behave socially and what does or does not make them feel comfortable in a social interaction. By eliminating a very prominent aspect of our society, PDA, students are not given an opportunity to learn for themselves what works/doesn’t, what other people find okay/not okay. You’re removing an element of learning outside of the classroom by banning people’s ability to choose to use PDA or not.

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  • Jose from Massachusetts

    No a ban of PDA shouldnt happen as long as it doesnt go out of hand. But it should be adressed once it affects a sudents education.

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  • Mohamed from Massachusetts

    I do not think it should be a big deal to a certain point. If it does not effect anybody then it should not be a big deal.

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  • Brian from Massachusetts

    There’s nothing wrong with people touching each other, as long as it’s not in innaproriate way and it’s fine if people dab each other up or give an innocent hug.

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  • Brittany from Massachusetts

    While I think that PDA is annoying, i don’t think kids shouldn’t be able to touch each other. But at a certain point it crosses the line altogether. Sometimes school is the only place couples can see each other so let them have there moment but they need to know boundaries.

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    While I think that PDA is annoying, i don’t think kids shouldn’t be able to touch each other. But at a certain point it crosses the line altogether. S…

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  • Shelby from Massachusetts

    I think that people shouldn’t kiss and do all that stuff in front of people but I think if you are dating someone or just friends you should be able to hug or hold someones hand if you want.

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    I think that people shouldn’t kiss and do all that stuff in front of people but I think if you are dating someone or just friends you should be able t…

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  • Danielli from Massachusetts

    I think that schools should not ban PDA, this is not a school responsibility. Students have to be responsible for their acts and be aware of what they should and should not do in school time and property. PDA is fine as long as it do not distract or interrupt other students. School is a place for learning, and everything has a limit. I believe that everyone knows their limits and school should not ban something like that.

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    I think that schools should not ban PDA, this is not a school responsibility. Students have to be responsible for their acts and be aware of what the…

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  • millena from Massachusetts

    No. It shouldn’t matter if there is PDA in school. If you don’t like it don’t look at it. Simple as that.

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  • Gene from Texas

    I voted no because I know what it is like to have PDA banned in a school. Currently PDA is banned in my school, but no one, not even the principal, set any guidelines by what PDA is. In my school there is only the strict teachers to enforce the “law”. Also now kids will ask for a hi-five and another kid would shout ‘PDA’ in the hallway. Most of the girls (and some boys) still hug in the hallway and by my age that’s perfectly fine. Its not elementary school people!

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    I voted no because I know what it is like to have PDA banned in a school. Currently PDA is banned in my school, but no one, not even the principal, se…

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  • Regan from Colorado

    No, PDA should not be banned in schools because, if you love someone and just want to give them a little hug or kiss than that should be fine but if it turns into a full blown make out session at school than you should just stop. Like just no. As long as you know where the line lies then you should be fine.

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    No, PDA should not be banned in schools because, if you love someone and just want to give them a little hug or kiss than that should be fine but if i…

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  • Kirsten from Colorado

    I don’t love watching PDA but I don’t think the time and effort to ban it would be worth addressing this, since it really isn’t a huge problem people are facing.

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  • Madison from Virginia

    I believe that banning PDA will not fix the problem that people are seeing. People believe that getting rid of PDA will help but students will still find a way to work around the rules. The problem with banning PDA is that you cant hug a friend that may have had a bad day, without the risk of getting a detention or other punishment.

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    I believe that banning PDA will not fix the problem that people are seeing. People believe that getting rid of PDA will help but students will still f…

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  • Shyanne from Virginia

    PDA should not be banned in schools. By banning something or making it taboo, you are giving it the power that you don’t want it to have. Lines certainly have to be drawn, considering the fact that many extreme displays of affection simply aren’t suitable for a public area, but there is really little harm in the majority of PDA.

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    PDA should not be banned in schools. By banning something or making it taboo, you are giving it the power that you don’t want it to have. Lines certai…

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  • Karen from California

    Although extensive PDA may be uncomfortable for peers and teachers to watch, in the end the teenagers should have the right to choose how to behave in school as long as it doesn’t negatively impact the main purpose: receiving a good education. Simple hand holding, kissing, and cuddling during breaks don’t provide a distraction a student’s learning. The job of a school is to teach and guide students in the students’ best interest; a school’s job isn’t to dictate a teenager’s private life, if it isn’t harmful to them. You can call “love a drug”, but PDA isn’t as harmful to oneself as compared to “marijuana” and “alcohol abuse”. Moreover, at universities and colleges, students are able to display PDA without any issues. Granted that at that point, they will be considered adults. Nonetheless, teenagers still have the right to make their own decisions and have their own private lives, as long as it harms no one in the process (and no, stating that one feels “disgusted” or that their eyes are “blinded” is not solid evidence). Hence, schools do not have the authority to restrict this simple action. Anyways, it would be more beneficial for ALL students if every school focused more on providing better resources and education, instead of trying to regulate and punish harmless displays of teenage love.

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    Although extensive PDA may be uncomfortable for peers and teachers to watch, in the end the teenagers should have the right to choose how to behave in…

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  • Andrew from New York

    As long as they do not bother or disturb anyone then it is fine. I’ve never ever seen anyone offended or disturbed by two people making out in public. There ain’t nothing wrong showing a little bit of love in public.

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    As long as they do not bother or disturb anyone then it is fine. I’ve never ever seen anyone offended or disturbed by two people making out in public….

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  • Soorya from New Jersey

    I believe that PDA can be regulated, but schools should not take advantage of this ability to regulate by making the rules excessively strict. A peck on the lips or a hug is ok, but students should be reprimanded if they are making out instead of going to class. It would be unfair to ban PDA entirely, because it is a form of expression, which students have a right to in a Constitutional sense.

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    I believe that PDA can be regulated, but schools should not take advantage of this ability to regulate by making the rules excessively strict. A peck …

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  • Vijay from New Jersey

    It is not ok

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  • Joycelyn from New Jersey

    Even thouhg I don’t enjoy watching a couple displaying their affections toward each other in public, I don’t think that PDA should be banned in schools. In an article I read PDA can inlcude a simple hug from a friend. Two student were suspended after they hugged each other for approximately 2 seconds. This could become a problem because if a student is caught performing a simple kind gesture to a friend/significant for example, hugging or holding hands they might get into trouble for nothing worth getting in trouble. I suggest that instead of banning PDA schools should make rules limiting the amount of PDA that can be performed.

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    Even thouhg I don’t enjoy watching a couple displaying their affections toward each other in public, I don’t think that PDA should be banned in school…

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  • Delaney from New Jersey

    Unless the PDA is a distraction, students should be able to show affection to their friends in school.

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  • Julia from New Jersey

    I do not think it is a nice thing to do in a public place because school is a place to learn and students can not learn if they are witnessing these types of things.

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  • Dean from New Jersey

    why sould a school control how afectionate you act towards people.

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  • k from New Jersey

    though there is a limit, i should not be effected if i simply want to give my friend a hug in the halls

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  • Matt from New Jersey

    PDA’s are regularly not only used to show love for someone, but also used to comfort as well. Hugs and kisses could comfort someone having a bad day 🙂

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    • Aliza from New Jersey

      hugs are fine to give during school but if people are having like a full-blown make-out session, it would make many people uncomfortable. So PDA should be banned to a certain extent

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      hugs are fine to give during school but if people are having like a full-blown make-out session, it would make many people uncomfortable. So PDA shoul…

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  • Sam from Alabama

    i chose no because students should be able to do what they choose with a partner, only if it doesnt get too extreme

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  • Iris from New Jersey

    Umm kids should do what they want yeahh um yup…

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  • Daniel from Pennsylvania

    Excessive PDA is not necessary in school environments, but I feel that there is no proper and objective way to enforce a rule against it. If there is a rule, it needs to be very specific rather than vague. Enforcing objective laws are very difficult and trying to could cause student uproar.

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    Excessive PDA is not necessary in school environments, but I feel that there is no proper and objective way to enforce a rule against it. If there is …

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  • khadija from Virginia

    I think people should be able to do whatever as Long as they aren’t hurting anybody

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  • Mariam from Virginia

    Although I vote against it being ban from schools, PDA can be a distraction if it gets too excessive and I think schools should limit the level of PDA.

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  • Julian from Virginia

    It is apart of development for teens that i feel should not be banned

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    • brianna from Virginia

      I Agree is basically like telling a teen that showing you love someone is bad and acting like a model student and not showing love will help you succeed

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  • Khris from Virginia

    I don’t think that PDA, or Public Display of Affection is a major problem. But just like everything in this world we need to practice it in moderation. Excessive PDA can be distracting and annoy to some people. We need to be weary of the people around us.

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    I don’t think that PDA, or Public Display of Affection is a major problem. But just like everything in this world we need to practice it in moderation…

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  • Livie from Minnesota

    PDA as a whole isn’t an issue unless it becomes excessive. So overall PDA shouldn’t be banned in schools, but the excessive PDA such as long kisses, and making out should be banned since quite frankly it is disgusting to watch, along with not being appropriate for schools.

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    PDA as a whole isn’t an issue unless it becomes excessive. So overall PDA shouldn’t be banned in schools, but the excessive PDA such as long kisses, a…

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    • Katherine from Virginia

      I agree with this it isn’t a problem until it becomes excessive and distracting

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    Banning PDA in schools will only cause more problems then solve one. First off, showing any sign of affection relieves stress and strengthens bonds, either it be a friendship or romantically inclined. People that see PDA are exposed to many different relationships and can make their own descisions the signs of affection, either positive or negative. Banning this behavior will only lead to more stress and rebellion in the school, which is counterproductive. Overall, PDA should be allowed in schools, protected by the first amendment as long as it does not intrude with school activities, which it does not.

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    Banning PDA in schools will only cause more problems then solve one. First off, showing any sign of affection relieves stress and strengthens bonds, e…

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  • Jarenni from California

    Public Displays of affection should not be banned from schools. We go to school primarily to educate ourselves and to learn how to live among others. Also to build relationships with others, whether it is a friendly or romantic relationship. Hugging friends and boyfriend/girlfriend is just a show of affection, so is kissing. However I will say that when it comes to make out sessions and worse things, that should be banned. Others including me may feel uncomfortble around these scenarios.

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    Public Displays of affection should not be banned from schools. We go to school primarily to educate ourselves and to learn how to live among others. …

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  • Jennifer from Virginia

    There is nothing wrong with some PDA as long as it is not distracting from learning.

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  • Saptarshi from Virginia

    PDA is an expression of love. As long as the intimacy between two people is not harming others, it is sensible to say that PDA is ok.

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  • Alyssa from Maryland

    PDA isn’t a issue in school. Hugging, kissing, and holding hands isn’t meant to offend anybody. It’s not that serious, we have other things to fix in schools. If you have a problem seeing it, you have the absolute choice to look away.

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    PDA isn’t a issue in school. Hugging, kissing, and holding hands isn’t meant to offend anybody. It’s not that serious, we have other things to fix in …

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  • Sammy from Alabama

    I do not believe that this affects the outcome of a student’s classwork, so long as this does not continue in the required time a teacher actually needs to teach, as that is an actual disruption that ought to result in something along the lines of detention. However, the fact that affection is shown in schools should not be something of an argument, as there is no requirement on other’s part. After all, two people doing, well, whatever, should not affect you unless they are in personal space, in which case you should move a bit. So in short, focus instead on your coursework or your friends and less on others.

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    I do not believe that this affects the outcome of a student’s classwork, so long as this does not continue in the required time a teacher actually nee…

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  • Shloka from California

    PDA shouldn’t be banned at schools. Holding hands, hugging and kissing is fine as long as they are considerate of the people that are around them. These acts are something that you see out in public, so when you are walking to class it should be fine. The one thing that should not happen is PDA inside a classroom, I can see how that can affect students learning environment. But if they are in doing these acts during a passing period it should not be banned at schools.

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    PDA shouldn’t be banned at schools. Holding hands, hugging and kissing is fine as long as they are considerate of the people that are around them. The…

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    • Giulia from Virginia

      I don’t want to see some couple making out in the hallway putting their tongues down each others throats but I do understand holding hands and just hugging. I am not an open person about who I am dating but like people should do it somewhere where it’s not in an atmosphere with teachers and your friends. They may judge you and you may not like that. But then again you might not care so DO YOU.

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      I don’t want to see some couple making out in the hallway putting their tongues down each others throats but I do understand holding hands and just hu…

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  • kieyahna from Utah

    I think it is fine to show affectionate but up to a point is bad. Showing affection shows you love own another.I think it not harming so it is just fine. If you don’t like it then don’t pay attention to them.
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    I think it is fine to show affectionate but up to a point is bad. Showing affection shows you love own another.I think it not harming so it is just f…

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  • Kien from Texas

    I think PDA should not be banned to some extent in High Schools. Making out is way more extreme than a simple kiss. A simple peck on the cheek or even lips does no harm what so ever. There is one downside and that is that it could make people who are single or others just walking down the halls extremely uncomfortable, but then again a simple peck could do no such harm and should not be banned while making out is an extreme and should be banned.

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    I think PDA should not be banned to some extent in High Schools. Making out is way more extreme than a simple kiss. A simple peck on the cheek or even…

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  • Ashlynn from California

    People are choosing to participate in the act of affection, and they are just weirding out everyone around them so the only one getting hurt is the horndogs

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    • willie from Virginia

      i think that because people decide to do PDS and since its such a broad topic we cant really ban PDA since it could be many different types of things, like holding hands, or full on making out, or just talking and touching the arms , or full on groping

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      i think that because people decide to do PDS and since its such a broad topic we cant really ban PDA since it could be many different types of things…

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  • Felicitee from Utah

    I believe that people should be allowed to side hug or hug their relationships with other people. But kissing is too much in school, do that all you want outside of school. I feel like people should be able to show their emotions with others, but full out making out is kinda a lot. Making out in the hall or bathrooms shouldn’t be allowed, because it makes people uncomfortable and weirded out. So that’s my opinion.

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    I believe that people should be allowed to side hug or hug their relationships with other people. But kissing is too much in school, do that all you w…

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  • Savanna from Utah

    This should be allowed to a point kissing should be done in a private room. But hugging and holding hands are not bad enough to be banned

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  • william from Utah

    I think PDA shouldn’t be banned because if someone likes someone else they should be able to show that they appreciate the time that they spend with each other and let others know that they are in a relationship instead of having someone hit on you and creating a awkward situation or a dangerous situation where your boyfriend/girlfriend gets angry about another person asking you out on a date.

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    I think PDA shouldn’t be banned because if someone likes someone else they should be able to show that they appreciate the time that they spend with …

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  • Emma from California

    Freedom to touch each other duh… just kidding but I think its alright if people who are showing PDA are asked to stop but it shouldn’t be banned on school campuses. I don’t think there is much that authorities or administration can do, and if they were to suspend or punish students for showing PDA then there would be a lot of back lash.

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    Freedom to touch each other duh… just kidding but I think its alright if people who are showing PDA are asked to stop but it shouldn’t be banned on …

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  • Tessa from Utah

    I think that people shouldn’t be yelled at or get in trouble for liking someone, people should be able to hug and hold hands, instead of getting in massive trouble for holding someones hand, I think banning kissing, holding hands, and hugging at school might make some kids depressed and start to break more rules. Relationships are pretty important, i’m not saying that students should be able to full out make out in the hall, i’m just saying we shouldn’t hang our heads down in shame for liking someone and get in trouble for it.

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    I think that people shouldn’t be yelled at or get in trouble for liking someone, people should be able to hug and hold hands, instead of getting in ma…

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  • Leah from Utah

    In my opinion completely banning PDA is not fair to some people they should not be shamed for liking or being in a relationship with someone and also people should not get mad at kids for hugging friends or siblings and some kids don’t even know that, that could mean anything except that they are friends but if they are making out that is a different story but if its a quick hug or holding hands that not bad for school and its not inappropriate but as i said before if they are making out that is for home and that just called respect because no one wants to see that.

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    In my opinion completely banning PDA is not fair to some people they should not be shamed for liking or being in a relationship with someone and also …

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  • Kona from Utah

    People shouldn’t be ashamed because they like someone. They should have the right to choose to kiss, hug, hold hands, tell eatchother they love them, and ect. I’m not saying they should makeout in the middle of the halls or in the bathroom, thats for home. They should have respect for the school and other students. I just think they should have a right to do what they want, with some rules.

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    People shouldn’t be ashamed because they like someone. They should have the right to choose to kiss, hug, hold hands, tell eatchother they love them, …

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  • joseph from Utah

    i think that people can do what they want! it’s a free country

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  • Jacob from Utah

    Well, I mean, you can show some, like hugging or holding hands wont kill anyone. Kissing is something different… kissing is a little far to do in public. But public affection is OK. It’s instinct to have feelings for some people, but that doesn’t mean you should kiss in public. Holding hands, hugging, and loving someone, wont hurt a school. And sometimes it should be banded if it gets too far. Kissing, go head, band that, but hugging, or holding hands, there is no problem with that. Love is Instinct.

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    Well, I mean, you can show some, like hugging or holding hands wont kill anyone. Kissing is something different… kissing is a little far to do in pu…

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  • Jeremy from California

    Students shouldn’t be banned from PDA. Hugging and kissing a boyfriend/girlfriend is healthy for relationships, and there should be no reason it should be banned if nothing illegal is going on. Banning PDA is a violation of free expression.

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    Students shouldn’t be banned from PDA. Hugging and kissing a boyfriend/girlfriend is healthy for relationships, and there should be no reason it shou…

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  • Elizabeth from Missouri

    As much as I hate seeing PDA in the hallways of my own school, I don’t even think that putting a ban on it would stop it. As a matter of fact, I think that it would actually make the issue a lot worse. If you tell someone that they can’t hold hands or kiss before class, then they’ll want to do it even more. It’s honestly just one of those things that no matter what you say, or what rules you put in place, people will do what they want anyway. So, no I don’t think that we should put a ban on PDA.

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    As much as I hate seeing PDA in the hallways of my own school, I don’t even think that putting a ban on it would stop it. As a matter of fact, I think…

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  • Brianna from Missouri

    I do not think PDA should be banned in schools. Firstly, students are going to be students, they will do hug or kiss if they are inside or outside of school. They should not get punished unless it’s a distraction in a classroom or whatnot. I feel like it should be allowed to a certain extent. For example, hugging, kissing, or holding hands should be acceptable, but if a student is making out or something worse it should be not allowed. As long as the other student is okay with PDA than it should be permitted.

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    I do not think PDA should be banned in schools. Firstly, students are going to be students, they will do hug or kiss if they are inside or outside of …

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  • Jesse from Mississippi

    I do not think PDA should be banned in schools, but definitely limited, so I suppose I’m a bit on the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ side. It is entirely unnecessary to be intimate in a public setting, especially in a school were it can be distracting and others are trying to better their education. PDA should not be fully banned, though. Students should not be severely punished for simply holding hands or occasionally hugging.

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    I do not think PDA should be banned in schools, but definitely limited, so I suppose I’m a bit on the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ side. It is entirely u…

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  • Adrianna from Missouri

    PDA should not be banned because Love is love. Throughout time children will start having a trigger in their brains when they are again introduced to relationships. It will be a negative feeling. It won’t be love, it will be a distant, disastrous feeling of regret and disaster. In schools you’ll see students every now and then give hugs and kisses. It makes that individual feel good about themselves- Wanted in society. Banning this will only make struggles in relationships and the constant feeling of being alone. Don’t take away the freedom of PDA. Don’t take away the right of Love. The world needs a little bit of love and that’s okay. Spread it, don’t destroy it. Be humble. Be kind. Always remember that if you don’t like what you see, look away. No one ever said you had to be part of an audience. It’s a no brainier. Love is Love. Don’t take that away to. Because if you do, your stripping away students thoughts and also their Love towards others.

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    PDA should not be banned because Love is love. Throughout time children will start having a trigger in their brains when they are again introduced to …

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  • Carter from Missouri

    I don’t think PDA should be banned in school. I think that students should be more mature and know what is appropriate for public settings. I do understand, however, that not everyone is mature enough to handle this kind of freedom. I do think that teacher yelling at students for simply hugging each other or giving a kiss on the cheek is ridiculous. We aren’t doing anything wrong and we are young. We should be allowed to have a small moment with someone, like a hug, because school days can be hard and stressful. Sometimes you just need a second to be with someone and it should not be a crime to have that, even if some kids aren’t smart enough to conduct themselves in a proper way in public.

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    I don’t think PDA should be banned in school. I think that students should be more mature and know what is appropriate for public settings. I do under…

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  • Kelsey from Missouri

    The reason that I don’t think that PDA should be banned is because hugging someone for a couple of seconds isn’t a big deal nor is holding hands with someone. Now if kids are in the halls making out that’s a problem, kids should already know that there is a limit and should respect the limit enough to not have to establish rules or have PDA banned.

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    The reason that I don’t think that PDA should be banned is because hugging someone for a couple of seconds isn’t a big deal nor is holding hands with …

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  • Trevor from Missouri

    PDA should not be banned because, the public display of affection is very important especially for the typical high school freshman couple since, at the age 15 you cannot drive, and so school is a great place for those high school sweethearts that cannot drive since, you spend a couple hours at school each day. Also, people need to experiance love and with schools banning it more students would not truely understand who they are

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    PDA should not be banned because, the public display of affection is very important especially for the typical high school freshman couple since, at t…

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  • Nathan from Missouri

    There shouldn’t be PDA in school because it is taking away our right of expressions. I believe that schools should get rid of PDA because its just a right we have. We have the right to show what feelings we have to someone an things like that. I mean some things shouldn’t be done in school but still its a right we have.

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    There shouldn’t be PDA in school because it is taking away our right of expressions. I believe that schools should get rid of PDA because its just a r…

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  • Joseph from Tennessee

    I don’t think PDA should be banned – if people are offended by such they shouldn’t watch. Furthermore, unless people are paying undue attention or causing obscene displays actions that could be viewed or construed as PDA do not function as a distraction from the learning environment – particularly given that most such actions occur outside the classroom in the hallways or during lunch.

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    I don’t think PDA should be banned – if people are offended by such they shouldn’t watch. Furthermore, unless people are paying undue attention or cau…

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  • Simcha from California

    I do not believe all levels of PDA should be banned from schools, although some types, like vaginal, anal, or oral sex should be banned, saying that not only it is illegal, it is highly inappropriate for the school setting, however I do not believe types of things like holding hands, hugging, and maybe a little peck on the cheek should be banned from schools, however I do not believe these should take place during class, I don’t see a problem with hugging, holding hands, and pecks should be banned durning passing period and lunch.

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    I do not believe all levels of PDA should be banned from schools, although some types, like vaginal, anal, or oral sex should be banned, saying that n…

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  • Milena from Maryland

    I would say no, PDA should not be completely banned from schools. It should be regulated, there’s a limit to what is appropriate, not only in public but also in schools. Teenagers are just beginning to date and express PDA, so they definitely aren’t too experienced on knowing where the line is. However, students shouldn’t be ridiculed for holding hands, hugging, or even pecking their partner.

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    I would say no, PDA should not be completely banned from schools. It should be regulated, there’s a limit to what is appropriate, not only in public b…

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  • Cole from Illinois

    No, because its not like were out here making love in the middle of the hallway in schools. Hugging and Kissing is just fine unless if someone has a problem then get a date then you wont have a problem with it.

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    No, because its not like were out here making love in the middle of the hallway in schools. Hugging and Kissing is just fine unless if someone has a p…

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  • Parker from Illinois

    At the school I go to at least, even though it is a rule I’ve only seen it enforced on non-straight couples. If the rule is only being used to make an already oppressed group of people feel more uncomfortable then it needs to end.

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    At the school I go to at least, even though it is a rule I’ve only seen it enforced on non-straight couples. If the rule is only being used to make an…

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  • quinn from Kentucky

    I do not think PDA should not be banned completely. I do not think hugging somebody for a couple seconds is crazy. Now, if people are kissing in front of other people I think that that should be banned because that is not necessary. Hugging someone for a couple seconds should not make anyone uncomfortable but on the other hand kissing and such should not be permitted in front of the public. It should not be completely banned but they should take some restrictions into the ruling of it.

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    I do not think PDA should not be banned completely. I do not think hugging somebody for a couple seconds is crazy. Now, if people are kissing in front…

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  • collin from Kentucky

    I think that if PDA is banned that its probably for the best. There is no reason to be all gross and stuff in public unless its like a farewell for awhile. Not to just do it and make others feel uncomfortable.

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    I think that if PDA is banned that its probably for the best. There is no reason to be all gross and stuff in public unless its like a farewell for aw…

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  • Maddie from Kentucky

    I believe that extreme PDA such as anything beyond a peck on the lips should absolutely be banned but as someone who once got yelled at for sitting too close to a guy at school, I think that all PDA should not be banned. Simple hugs or holding hands should be perfectly okay because that’s just what couples do and that kind of thing isn’t going to offend anyone (probably). It is simply two people showing that they care about one another with simple gestures.

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    I believe that extreme PDA such as anything beyond a peck on the lips should absolutely be banned but as someone who once got yelled at for sitting to…

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  • James from Kentucky

    PDA should not be banned in schools. Yes there is PDA in every high school throughout the nation, but there has to be restrictions at some point. If people think it should be banned, then I feel like a lot of things will either be done that can actually cause harm or be offensive to some people. It should not be banned to prevent certain PDA. If it is banned there is not stopping someone from doing anything extreme.

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    PDA should not be banned in schools. Yes there is PDA in every high school throughout the nation, but there has to be restrictions at some point. If p…

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  • Tanner from Kentucky

    I personally think that PDA shouldn’t be a thing. I think people have the right to show affection towards others because we live in America. Not I don’t entirely agree with making out in public places. But I think that couples should be able to hold hands with each other or should be able to hug each other. If someone has a problem with someone having a significant other than they should find someone to. They shouldn’t take their anger on someone else. Even if you are not angry at them and you just don’t want to see them. Then you should look the other way and let them do what they want.

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    I personally think that PDA shouldn’t be a thing. I think people have the right to show affection towards others because we live in America. Not I don…

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  • nick from Kentucky

    My opinion on the pda is that i believe that hugging is ok and it also ok to sit close to each other and sometimes holding hands. but that is the limit for it, for people to be kissing and laying on each other and being touchy on school is way too much. i dont believe that it should be as strict as it is.

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  • Sean from Kentucky

    I do not believe PDA should be banned in school. I don’t think all PDA should be banned at least. I think some of it should be banned as often times people can take it too far. I don’t think PDA should be banned because often times it is friendly and not sexual. However, sexual PDA should be banned. It doesn’t help anyone’s learning experiences and often hinders it. It is not fair to students to see the extensive PDA so it shouldn’t be allowed.

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    I do not believe PDA should be banned in school. I don’t think all PDA should be banned at least. I think some of it should be banned as often times p…

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  • michael from Kentucky

    I don’t think they should ban PDA entirely it could be limited, like hugs and kisses but anything more should be banned.

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    No, I do not think that PDA should be completely banned in schools. Yes, there are some forms of PDA that are not appropriate for a campus of any school, but restricting any physical contact between students is absurd. I can see why parents, principals, and staff are resilient to PDA in schools, but physical contact between others is a part of life. When you get out of school and “go into the real world,” there won’t be rules like that, so why make it a rule now? If schools are so determined to make this an issue, I say limit it. Have limits to what kind of PDA will and will not be tolerated. Don’t ban and forms of physical contact just for the reason that “it’s at school,” because that will only make students want to do it more, especially outside of school.

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    No, I do not think that PDA should be completely banned in schools. Yes, there are some forms of PDA that are not appropriate for a campus of any scho…

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  • Michael from Kentucky

    No, I do not think PDA should be banned. There is a ton of violence and terrible things that happen in the world, you should at least be able to receive a hug. I do not think it harms anyone, and it shows affection. I believe it is an act of kindness and love. Kids and teens should be able to hold hands and hug, especially in school because it could enlighten someone’s mood and make their day better. Sometimes all it takes is a hug to stop violence.

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    No, I do not think PDA should be banned. There is a ton of violence and terrible things that happen in the world, you should at least be able to recei…

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  • Evan from Kentucky

    PDA can classify as multiple different things. I believe that some PDA should be banned while others not. For instance, I don’t think that a couple kissing in the hallways is okay, at the same time I don’t think that you should be kicked out of school for hugging someone. There should be some regulations…yes, but at the same time it should not be completely banned.

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    PDA can classify as multiple different things. I believe that some PDA should be banned while others not. For instance, I don’t think that a couple ki…

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think PDA should be banned in schools. I believe that people should be allowed to show affection for each other. I do believe that if it makes others uncomfortable or if it gets out of hand, then action should be taken.

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  • Melanie from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think all PDA should be banned from schools. However, I feel that kissing is more distracting than hugging or hand holding and should be limited. It should be limited to outside of the classroom (hallways), no one should be hugging, kissing, or holding hands during class.

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    No, I don’t think all PDA should be banned from schools. However, I feel that kissing is more distracting than hugging or hand holding and should be l…

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  • Josie from Kentucky

    I personally do not think that PDA should be banned in schools. It is a way of expression for some people and you can not take away a person’s right to express themselves. In many cases, like in India, the PDA that is occuring really isn’t harmful at all. A simple hug or hand holding is different from a full on makeout session. I believe there should be rules established by each school on where the line is drawn for PDA, but completely banning it will not solve anything.

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    I personally do not think that PDA should be banned in schools. It is a way of expression for some people and you can not take away a person’s right t…

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  • joshua from Kentucky

    I don’t think there is anything wrong, with a hug or a hand shake or something, but i don’t think it should go much further than that.

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  • Adia from Missouri

    I think holding hands, hugging, and kissing are ok as long as it doesn’t go to far. Like no making out or gropping each other when hugging.

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  • Kamey from Colorado

    You’re walking down the hall and you see couples together hugging, cuddling, etc, you’re most likely thinking either yuck, or aww, either way it can be a little distracting. PDA should be allowed in schools but should be limited, for both distraction reasons and lawful reasons. While I do agree that schools should limit the amount of PDA in the building some schools such as a school in southern India take the limitations of PDA to the max. As shown on the article by BBC News there was a national controversy over two teens hugging and getting expelled for their actions. The article explains the claims both the teachers and students have made such as the girl who claimed “there were lots of students and teachers around, and I didn’t feel I had done anything wrong” the article also stated how one of the teachers reported this repeatedly to the principle who then had both students expelled. In conclusion being able to be mature about PDA and knowing limits on school property would be the best way to handle this situation.

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  • Sarah from Missouri

    Obviously, I think that school is just for education and should just focus on said education. People should be allowed to express themselves though, whether it be kissing to holding hands. We see things every day that bother us, yet if it´s not hurting us in any form or capacity then we shouldn’t change it. Let me ask you something, when you walk down the hallway and you see a couple kissing, does it bother you? If no, then great. If yes, then ask yourselves this- is it hurting you? Does it concern you? NOPE. In the real world, you see PDA all the time, but you can´t change it. Everyone always says that school is preparing you for the real world, well guess what? People in the real world kiss in public. If the educational system wants to pride themselves on teaching students about the real world, then they need to understand what´s going on in the real world- like kissing. Just to be clear, when I say things that happen in the real world- I´m talking about domestic things, I´m not talking about all the problems in today’s society.

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  • Thomas from South Carolina

    As American students, we have a lot of rights that we are entitled to. I personally believe that we should be allowed to express our love for our significant others wherever we are, but to a certain extent. They want us to show more love in today’s world, but how can we do that if we’re not allowed to kiss, even hug the people that we love?

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    As American students, we have a lot of rights that we are entitled to. I personally believe that we should be allowed to express our love for our sign…

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  • Margaret from Indiana

    In a high school students perspective, I don’t like to watch couples all over each other in passing period. On the other hand, if schools regulated PDA, how far would they take it? Would I not be able to hug my friend when I greet them? Would I not be able to high-five someone for a job well-done? For that reason, I don’t think that schools should press the issue. In fact, students this day and age are so tech savvy that they are losing face-to-face interactions. They need to be able to communicate properly with other students and I don’t think it is fair to students to minimize that interaction due to couples holding hands or kissing in the hall way. So my advice to students that are bothered by this “Public Display of Affection” is to look the other way. After all, it’s only a 5 minute passing period.

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  • Nova from Maryland

    Kids should know when it is to far.

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  • Ryan from South Dakota

    I think that PDA should not be banned completely, but kept in check to a certain extent. I think hugging and hand-holding is acceptable in moderation, but definitely nothing further than that. Intense PDA like kissing should not be allowed because of the sole reason that it is a distraction for students. Ultimately, the principal, vice principal, superintendents, teachers, and other school staff should stop PDA when they see it. The purpose of going to school is to learn, not making out with your significant other.

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  • Anica from California

    I do not believe that public displays of affection, PDA, should be banned. There is a personal responsibility and awareness that is developed for those who show or witness PDA. If the action(s) were to be banned, it might direct young people to label displays of affection as a bad thing. Consequences that follow PDA might also deem it punishable and discourage people from trying to relate or express their feelings to one another.

    I acknowledge that there are discomforting and distracting components that could occur in a learning environment, but relating to other people physically is a way to develop emotional comfort skills that I believe are helpful to those who benefit from the support and also those who want to be successful in the world. People are not always comfortable with touching and in those instances, it would be an opportunity to build communication skills for everyone.

    I also believe that the definitions of what is “inappropriate” could vary and be biased based on personal experience and cultures. The punishments that are given to students affect their school records and have potential to hurt their home relationships with their guardians who also enforce additional punishments for receiving calls from the school.

    PDA can be uncomfortable but I think it is unrealistic to ban something that causes discomfort. The action of punishing the action does not end it. The consequences label PDA as wrong and makes people feel bad. In my opinion, that is a gross way to develop how students deal with communicating and supporting one another.

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  • Amber from Texas

    While Public Displays of Affection can run rampant on a school campus i don’t outright think it should be banned. Speaking from experience it can be hard for many teenagers to not be affectionate with their friends, while it may not be done all the time, the few times you give a friend a hug or hold their hand should not be punished. All things considered hugs and hand holding are in no way offensive and would not disrupt the actions and academics of fellow students. I think at the most pda should be regulated. The limits can be different for each school but I think, allowing hugs, hand holding, and kisses on the cheek and forehead would be good enough for friends and those in relationships to get the feeling of affection and not disrupt or offence those around them.

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    While Public Displays of Affection can run rampant on a school campus i don’t outright think it should be banned. Speaking from experience it can be h…

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  • Henry from Arkansas

    Public displays of affection are gross and uncomfortable to be around. However, PDA is a constitutionally protected action. PDA is essentially two people telling each other they love them. According to the first amendment, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech.” Therefore, it would be unconstitutional to ban PDA from school. Even though PDA can be uncomfortable or awkward to be around, students are well within their rights to hold hands or hug in public.

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  • J from Pennsylvania

    I believe it is fine, so long as it down’t get out of control. There obviously need to be set limits for when it might go too far.

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  • Makaylan from Kansas

    PDA is a form of connecting with people. It doesn’t always have to be associated with romantic couples. Are you telling me friends who haven’t seen each other in a week cannot hug at school because it makes others uncomfortable? That’s not fair to them, in my opinion. I agree that there are some lines which need to be set. Full on makeout sessions are not appropriate in a school setting along with sitting or laying on each other. Hang holding, quick pecks and hugs are quite harmless. The side hug rule we have at our school irritates more students than I can count. The fact that I cannot hug my best friend normally, who I have no romantic attraction to, is frustrating. I think the faculty has to understand that sex and romantic relationships aren’t always what teenagers are thinking when it comes to physical contact.

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    PDA is a form of connecting with people. It doesn’t always have to be associated with romantic couples. Are you telling me friends who haven’t see…

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  • Kayla from Missouri

    Banning PDA takes away our freedom of expression, which is not only in the constitution but in our human rights. Article Nineteen; Freedom of Expression “We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people.” ~ YouthForHumanRights.org
    There are already so many things that the school systems in America have taken away, such as Article Thirteen; Right to Your Own Things “Everyone has the right to own things or share them. Nobody should take our things from us without a good reason.” ~ YouthForHumanRights.org

    We need to make a stop. It’s a proven fact that third world countries that have no running water or proper food and housing have a better education system then America.

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  • anonymous from Arizona

    We have rights. You dont like it look away. You have a problem, deal with it on your own. Let us be oursleves. Your just making more rules, and more ways for kids to get in trouble whether they want to or not. Then when kids drop out cause they couldnt act on their feelings who is gonna be blamed and called out, the admin of schools.

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    We have rights. You dont like it look away. You have a problem, deal with it on your own. Let us be oursleves. Your just making more rules, and more w…

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  • Daria from Florida

    We as teenagers are often described as bearing negative emotion, immaturity, and rebelliousness as part of our growing up and finding who we truly are. Although the above are sometimes true, but our lives are mostly full of studying, rehearsals, sport practices, and volunteering. In the midst of all that we endure painful psychological periods, high levels of stress, and the pressures of conscripting into society. But despite all that we find joy in what fulfills us and in being with our friends. One of the best feelings is to know that you are sincerely appreciated by a person with whom you can be open about nearly anything. It is hard to find comfort and it is hard to find people who love you for who you are. Romantic relationships can be poisonous but they can also be healing, inspiring, and productive. Connecting with another human being at an emotional level and being able to maintain that trust and connection says a lot and I believe that it should be celebrated and encouraged in the school environment. Yes, it is true that excessive displays of affection, like making out, are out of place in a public environment, but hugs and hand holding are no harm. Students should not be judged nor should they be prohibited to display affection towards a partner. It is relaxing, calming, stress relieving, and it is needed.

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  • Aidan from Iowa

    The reason that PDA should not be banned in schools is that students still have rights extended from their guardians. This means (at least in the U.S.) students should have as many freedoms as they do in the regular world. One example is PDA as it is doing no harm to anyone, it doesn’t involve any typically inappropriate activities, so why should it be banned in schools? Additionally, enforcing rules for PDA is tough because students will still attempt and it’s hard to draw the line. With so many sensitive subjects today (especially facing the LGBTQIA+ community) these kinds of rules make it very easy for administrators/school officials to enforce these rules.

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    The reason that PDA should not be banned in schools is that students still have rights extended from their guardians. This means (at least in the U.S….

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  • Riley from Hawaii

    Everyone should have a choice to express the way they feel about one another, whether that be in school or at home. But there should be a limit to what can be done in school. Public nudity is definitely a no, kissing and what not shouldn’t be banned because it’s a way for teens to grow as a mature adult.

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  • Alohilani from Hawaii

    To be able to band PDA is when they show affection that is not appropriate for school. As for hand holding and hugs they do not affect the other students that much because it is not a distraction. If it was a distraction they would be doing more than hugging and holding hands in public. I think the main thing is how the student sees what they can or cannot do. It is their point of view and other people’s reactions to what goes on around them. Another thing that would affect their decisions is how their parents raise them and show them what to do and not what to do. That is why it is hard to say if PDA should be banned or not. There are a lot of specifics in that one topic to make a decision on weather or not to ban it.

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    To be able to band PDA is when they show affection that is not appropriate for school. As for hand holding and hugs they do not affect the other stude…

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  • Damien from Connecticut

    There is nothing wrong with showing limited PDA in high schools. A lot of the time, passing time at school is the only chance couples get to see each other and show affection to each other. Things like making out and sitting in each other’s laps should be prevented, but hand-holding, hugs, and cheek/head kisses are completely harmless. Additionally, bans like this seem to be disproportionately enforced on LGBT couples than cis het couples. The education system has bigger things to worry about than banning things like hugs when there are bigger, real, harmful issues of discrimination and incompetence within our schools.

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    There is nothing wrong with showing limited PDA in high schools. A lot of the time, passing time at school is the only chance couples get to see each …

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  • Destiny from Hawaii

    I think it depends on how the schools define PDA. If you tell kids not to do something, they are going to do it anyways because you are telling them not to. They learn from their mistakes, it’s part of growing. I think that PDA should not be banned in school because its a sign of growth and affection. As long as it is not taken way out of hand to the point where it makes others uncomfortable, I think that PDA is okay to an extent.

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  • Kailyn from Arkansas

    PDA should not be removed in schools.

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  • kaleb from Arkansas

    we should be able to hug someone without getting in trouble

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  • Shane from Kansas

    I do not believe PDA should be banned from school, although some restrictions are necessary. If we look to the past rules and regulations the schools have set on PDA they did not work. I believe the reason for that is the same as if you tell your child not to do something they want to do it that much more, even if they had not thought about doing it before. Restrictions are accepted a little better, because you are not telling them they are not allowed to do all things of the nature. When you say something to the lines of no PDA that covers a wide range of actions, but if you say no making-out it covers long kissing and excludes the short “Love tap”, hugs, and hand holding. The key is not to set out a long list of rules but cover the most important, this allows the students to dot be so rebellious. I am sure that most of the school staff held hands with their boyfriend or girlfriend at school and should understand it has happened at school and everywhere else for a very long time. Changing the rules doesn’t help the situation it makes it worse by upsetting the students and causing more rebellion and students in trouble.

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  • Brendan from North Carolina

    As long as it is harmless – and it generally is – it should be allowed. i.e. brief kisses and hugs and handholding. Anything more than that should be not be allowed, however. As long as the few examples provided are not in excess (constant amounts non-stop), it should be allowed. It is not detrimental to the learning environment if it is in moderation.

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  • Meghana from Florida

    PDA is harmless and should only be banned when they cause discomfort to the people around them. It is natural to want hug or hold hands with someone you are attracted to and especially with teenagers we can’t always control natural human behavior.

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    PDA is harmless and should only be banned when they cause discomfort to the people around them. It is natural to want hug or hold hands with someone y…

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  • Alanna from California

    In my school, there are certain hallways filled with canoodling couples. Even though these students are showing affection for each other, no actions surpass what you would see in a Disney Channel television show. This is because my school has certain expectations for the students with an emphasis on keeping the focus on education. There are also various cameras in my school to ensure safety. If PDA was banned in schools this would only encourage the already rebellious teens to engage in this activity, possibly in an inappropriate matter. The last thing teens need are more rules that add to their angst. We should all just let this young puppy love prevail.

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  • liana from Texas

    PDA should not be banned in school, in my school a simple gesture as a hug can get you sent to the principal, they are too harsh on this rule and too controlling. Sure i don’t want to walk down the halls and seeing people making out, but i also want to hug my friend when we part ways to go to class. The rules are too controlling and harsh, we should be able to freely express ourselves with a simple gesture without being yelled at. The rules are stupid and should give us more freedom to live our lives freely, like no one wants to be at school but now with these harsh rules it gives us even more of a reason to hate it. It can lighten up on friendly gestures that we do everyday, no one is going to get mad about a hug between two friends.

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    PDA should not be banned in school, in my school a simple gesture as a hug can get you sent to the principal, they are too harsh on this rule and too …

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  • DJ from North Carolina

    I dont believe PDA should be banned, because hugging, holding hands, and some kissing are fine. But when it gets more involved like making out or doing more than hugging, thats when I think it should be banned. Don’t make a little thing like holding hands seem like a big deal as making out. But other than that I think its fine the way it is.

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    I dont believe PDA should be banned, because hugging, holding hands, and some kissing are fine. But when it gets more involved like making out or doin…

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  • logan from North Carolina

    I think people should express themselves the way they feel necessary as long as its not to much

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  • malik from North Carolina

    I feel like since we are in high school we know our limits, we know what we can and can’t do

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  • chase from North Carolina

    I dont think it should all be banned between they go beyond the simple pda thats the someone should say something about it.

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  • Tori from Texas

    I understand why kissing in school could be unwanted, but hugging? I hug my best friend and that’s not PDA, but I hug my boyfriend and no one would know the difference. If banned teenagers will just rebel more, schools should let us have one thing that we can do with our significant other, even if it’s just holding hands.

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    I understand why kissing in school could be unwanted, but hugging? I hug my best friend and that’s not PDA, but I hug my boyfriend and no one would kn…

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  • Deven from Louisiana

    We must simply look at our constitution to put this argument to rest. We as American Citizens are promised the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If PDA is us portraying happiness, then why is there any debate. PDA as long as it isn’t in a sexual or revealing way in public doesn’t endanger any person, and restriction of this pursuit of happiness is barred by our constitution. This is wrong to even be debating such a topic.

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    • Rebekah from Oregon

      Deven, you make a good argument regarding our constitutional freedoms, but you also have to look at the context of a school environment. It is a constitutional freedom to have firearms, but they are clearly banned on school property.
      In my state, marijuana is legal at a certain ago, but is illegal (no matter your age) on school property. The point is, just because you are technically allowed to do so under the Constitution, does not mean that such behavior is appropriate in a school setting.
      Continuing this, sexual/revealing PDA is very common in many school settings (particularly in high school), and such actions can cause many disturbances among other student, effectively infringing upon their pursuit of happiness.
      What’s more, as a student that is subject to the authority of the school administration, you must also obey school rules. These rules may be more restrictive than your constitutional/human rights, but they are there for the protection of the students, and the furthering of the goal of learning.

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  • Nathaniel from North Carolina

    PDA comes in many varieties and trying to validate some varieties over others would just be a futile subjective battle. In my humble opinion, I do not mind PDA, nor do I take part in it at school. Here is why: In my school, PDA only occurs between classes in the hallways. It is annoying when people are in my way because they’re kissing when I’m trying to get to class. However, the hallway isn’t the classroom, and I’ve never been distracted in class because of PDA. PDA has its own domain in my school, outside of the classroom. So personally, I feel that banning PDA would simply be encroaching on harmless habits when the people taking part in PDA already respect the boundaries of the classroom.

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  • Corbin from North Carolina

    I do not think that PDA should be fully banned, and either way it will never be fully banned because people will still show displays of PDA. Handholding, hugging, or a peck on the cheek is perfectly fine, but anything past this point should be banned.

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    I do not think that PDA should be fully banned, and either way it will never be fully banned because people will still show displays of PDA. Handholdi…

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  • Anna from Michigan

    It’s in the pursuit of happiness. Love is beautiful.

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  • Ian from Michigan

    There are exceptions to my vote; However the idea that children should stop loving each other in schools is ridiculous. I’m not saying they should be kissing in school, no that’s a bit too much. Hugging, Holding hands, maybe a quick “peck” on the cheek, should be allowed

    When school officials go up to our children and tell them they can’t hug or hold hands they are teaching those children that you are not allowed to love one another in the outside world. Schools are meant to teach their children skills useful in the outside world, however this means they have a significant impact on these children’s lives. While this is more commonly a good thing, in the world of PDA it is tedious.

    The children should wait until after school. But what if something happened in these schools? What if a child got bullied? The child will go their friends or family or lovers for comfort. Comfort isn’t only expressed verbally, but physically. A hug or someone holding their hand can go a long way towards making their day.

    All in all, There should be limits where PDA is concerned. However, plenty of schools take it too far.

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  • Shara from South Carolina

    No.

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  • Jurell from Oregon

    Outside of school, people always see public affection amongst different couples. School is supposed to prepare students for the real world and PDA is apart of it. Also, denying people the ability to show any type of affection isn’t uncalled for and a violation of people so rights. It’s similar to telling women morning tic wear certain clothing because of how other people’s will look them. Keep PDA!

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  • Josh from Illinois

    PDAs should not be banned in schools, to a certain extent. Man you schools man minutes thinngs like hugging orb hand holding. These two gestures of affection are seen generally as Moreno cute than distracting or disturbing. However, Kissinger can make people feel uncomfortable in certain circumstances. The best solution would Ben somewhere in the he middle, but allowing PDAs is the better of the extremes.

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  • Daniela from Florida

    We have to face that we can not just shut off a teenagers hormones. Us teenagers are learning and whether or not it is banned we will always find a way to kiss our boyfriends or girlfriends. Obviously if its just kissing it is not that big of a problem but if it gets heated it should be stopped.

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  • Bernard from Mississippi

    Physical affection (hugging, holding hands, etc.) lowers stress rates and is clinically proven to be beneficial to those who hug more often. There is a reason that many colleges are installing “puppy play rooms” and such, and that is because intimate and physical interaction with another creature is genuinely good.

    Yet another argument for PDA is that in the ‘real world,’ these displays of affection are common in American life. The backwards notion that these interactions somehow become more valuable or legitimate or real when someone reaches an arbitrary number like 18 furthers ageism and leads to a regression within young adults. Stigmatizing affection from a young age can have harmful effects upon a person’s emotional maturity, and young adults trying to figure out how physical affection is handled in a public space is a strange standard when these practices can be safely taught at a younger age.

    To further that point, physical affection is a necessary component to a healthy individual. Imagine a child who does not come from a loving home and goes to a school where PDA is not tolerated. That person is significantly disadvantaged and emotionally stunted when compared to an individual who receives physical affection from school only. Emotionally stunting a person to maintain the moral purity of the school environment is a puerile notion.

    Also, these kinds of rules (PDA bans, dress codes) are often unfairly used to target people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community. This unfair enforcement of rules reinforces social stigmatization and has negative impacts on a person’s growth. It can reinforce negative body images and other common stereotypes and fears that often malign these communities especially.

    Yes, there are those who would argue that PDA makes them uncomfortable, and that this can be an issue. But take a step back and look into yourself and question why you are uncomfortable: if this is an unanswerable question or your inner mind simply replies “things shouldn’t be done this way,” then you hold this belief due to popular opinion, not a true understanding of the matter. And as philosophy for the past two hundred years (most notably Emerson and Nietzsche) has directed us towards, beliefs held due to popular opinion and not self-introspection deserve no more weight than air. Others would claim that PDA can unbalance a workplace or school. This is simply not true, as when looking to how PDA actually effects the workplace, offices that allow coworkers to openly date actually have higher average happiness reports. These critics most likely do not consider the true, deeper, implications of their arguing that PDA is wrong; they are denying an expression of love, whether it is platonic or romantic is unimportant. Kierkegaard claimed that Christianity was the final endpoint on the evolution of religion because the Christian God is love, and love is the ultimate human virtue. A rejection of love is a rejection of the ultimate human virtue, and turns humans against humanity.

    I know that these rules are not meant to be discriminatory, nor are they inherently discriminatory, but they are enforced with a certain amount of bias that cannot be ignored nor should be ignored. Stunting a person’s growth in order to maintain the image of a chaste, morally pure school is utterly ridiculous and a belief better suited for days long gone. The weird idea that an arbitrary number like 18 qualifies one for the ability to publicly display affection is so logically fallacious that one begins to question who put these rules in place. Physical affection also has health benefits which cannot be ignored, primarily reducing stress. These bans on PDA are simply holdovers from a different era when women had to wear skirts and the one piece bathing suit was viewed as obscene. Thus, I must stand with open arms ready to receive a hug and reject the idea that physical affection should not be allowed in public.

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      Your response is beautiful, whether or not that im on the other defense. You’ve got a true shot at winning this thing

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  • Ryan from Texas

    School is a place where kids are social, and meet many other kids they consider and even may be significant others with, and it is only just that they may exhibit traditional actions of significant others within reason and without disruption of the learning environment. School is meant to be a place where kids can be themselves and express who they are with those they love, however, due to the often constrictive rules set in place by schools across the US — including my school — kids are not able to express who they are and be affectionate to the ones they love.

    However, the public display of affection MUST be within reason. I don’t think there is anyone on the ‘no’ side of this debate that would advocate for kids to be allowed to partake in activities that would be deemed inappropriate in an education setting by most of the general population. To define ‘in reason’ to those who are confused by what it implies, I am talking about hugging and holding hands, ways that most kids show affection to their significant others in public (just not allowed to at a school).

    My main question for the schools and people that advocate to ‘ban’ PDA at schools is: How does PDA within reason (hugging, holding hands, etc) affect and disrupt the learning environment?

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  • Amanda from Michigan

    there should be limitations, but not a complete ban. Most of the complaints heard and included in the articles provided regard kissing. Therefore, an acceptable limitation on PDA could be “no kissing”. If you ban PDA all together, that means no hugs – for anyone. What if your best friend is having a horrible day and needs a hug? A student should not face negative repercussions for caring for another’s mental well being. One can display affection to a friend as well, not just a love interest. If banning PDA directed towards romantic relationships, PDA would have to be banned between friends pulling on friends’ hands or a side hug in a moment of excitement. We has humans innately need physical touch, and with most students being on school grounds more often than their own homes, some sort of small, physical interaction should be not only permitted, but expected.

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  • Mira from Georgia

    PDA shouldn’t be completely banned in schools. Of course, like with any school and non-school offense, there should be levels: I don’t see any problem with hugging, kissing, or holding hands until it gets to a point where it is interfering with the couples’ or other students’ learning and activities or if it can be considered “public indecency”. In general, though, it makes no sense to yell at teenagers for innocent pecks on the cheek, and the fact that some schools have completely banned all kinds of physical contact is outrageous. How can we expect middle- and high-schoolers to develop socially in a normal way if they are afraid of physical affection or see it as shameful? This debate highlights the fact that many parents, teachers, and other figures of authority infantilize adolescents and stunt their ability to make the right decisions for themselves.

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  • Laura from Texas

    PDA should not be restricted in schools due to it being unconstitutional. Administration would be detaining a person(s) from expressing themselves and so thus should not be banned from schools. Just because it would be bothersome to a few does not mean it should effect the rest of the school population.

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  • Michael from Arkansas

    Public display of affection is an adorable thing, although it can be excessive. P.D.A. in itself is okay, because affection is natural; although excessive P.D.A., which is what can cause people to be uncomfortable, should not be allowed. Hand-holding, or a regular hug, are both signs of affection, yet do not cause people to become uncomfortable in the presence of others committing these actions (unless they are really weird about it).

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    Public display of affection is an adorable thing, although it can be excessive. P.D.A. in itself is okay, because affection is natural; although exces…

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  • Kayla from West Virginia

    The type of PDA should be controlled, not the PDA itself. Couple holding hands or hugging in a hallway is just a show of social bonding, not a type of bragging or disruption, unless the couple allows the ODa to become a distraction. For example, if in the middle of class a couple was making out outside of the classroom window that would be disruptfull and disrespectful to the class and the learning anvironment we are given. However, a quick squeeze of hands in the hallway is not something to be stopped, because what if the person you were holding hands with can only see you at school. It’s like you can’t hug our son at home even though at home could be the only time you see him. It’s not fair and disrespectful to hold back someone’s small show of affection due to other peoples’ disrespectful behavior.

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  • Roy from Maryland

    As long as it is not to graphic, then it is fine

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  • Katie from Colorado

    Yes. Sometimes PDA crosses a line. But a lot of the time it doesn’t. Sometimes PDA is how friends show affection to one another. Like I hold hands with my friends all the time. It doesn’t mean anything other than I love them. Of course PDA can always cross a line but telling teenagers not to do something will always make it worse because we find loopholes in everything. Banning hugging and light kissing will not help our learning and it will not keep us from not doing things.

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    Yes. Sometimes PDA crosses a line. But a lot of the time it doesn’t. Sometimes PDA is how friends show affection to one another. Like I hold hands w…

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  • Macy from Ohio

    No, I do not believe PDA should be banned in schools. It is a way for students to express their affection for one another, and that is a freedom that we have and it should not be taken away. We should be able to show our love in whatever way we see fit.

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    No, I do not believe PDA should be banned in schools. It is a way for students to express their affection for one another, and that is a freedom that …

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  • Clara from Rhode Island

    No, rules banning PDA are arbitrary and Umbridge-esque.

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  • Kathryn from Ohio

    Kids will eventually want a boyfriend or a girlfriend you can’t make your child or teen not see someone they like or love, no matter how hard you attempt keeping public displays of affections away. I believe public displays of affection shouldn’t be banned! Every school should teach kids how harmful a relationship can be so they are aware. For example, if kids are learning safe protocols for sexual education why are Public Displays of Affection not being studied as well since people debate that any public display of affection is so severe?

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  • Danielle from Georgia

    To tell the children they can’t will create more rebellion. To tell the children they can have PDA is in fact a form of reverse psychology. Aside from that, as long as they aren’t doing PDAs when the teacher is teaching in the front of the room, here shouldn’t be any distraction. If they are kissing between classes in the hallways, they aren’t disrupting the learning. Young people learn and develop their own relationships and not just their intellect during schooling, and to forbid that would be a sad deprivation of learning how to build or maintain a relationship for youth.

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  • Paige from Michigan

    PDA is not just kissing ones boyfriend/girlfriend it is hugging your friends or messing around (friendly) with people in your class. PDA has the reputation of couple basically having sex in the hallway, but it is not it is showing how you feel to others.

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    PDA is not just kissing ones boyfriend/girlfriend it is hugging your friends or messing around (friendly) with people in your class. PDA has the reput…

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  • Emily from Oklahoma

    PDA rules are oftentimes misinterpreted by faculty and students alike. Though making out in the halls should not be encouraged, relationships are a fundamental part of the high school experience for many students. Furthermore, when same sex couples show the same amount of PDA as straight couples, rules that are already in place become even harsher, leading to discrimination against LGBT students.

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  • Kayla from Colorado

    PDA shouldn’t be banned because it’s harmless. Many teenagers are in relationships and it’s a natural thing. Banning PDA would be pointless.

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  • Khoi from California

    Students should be able to show PDA. Although students are not usually fond of seeing it, there is no obligation to watch on. You can simply look the other way. Although we may disagree with each other, everyone has a right to express their opinion. If one wants to demonstrate their love for another person, then so be it.

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  • Nathan from Washington

    Public schools are government-owned property, designed specifically to be used by tax paying families. Thus, they are, in essence, public property. The rules surrounding public displays of affection should reflect that status of being public property. Nobody should get in trouble, so long as public decency laws and laws keeping the peace remain unbroken. People who say it’s a distraction should learn to mind their own business, so long as the distraction stays within the limits of the law.

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  • I from Arizona

    Public Displays of Affection, from the articles provided, include hugging, holding hands for a long time, walking slowly as a couple, kissing, nibbling earlobe, groping, and “proposals”. To “ban PDA” would mean to make every single action listed absolutely illegal regardless of its purpose. Being disturbed by PDA at is certainly natural and sensible, as PDA heavily implies something uncommon in high schools (as far as I am aware): intimate martial business.

    However, in revisiting the list, hugging, holding hands, and walking side by side are not strictly marital business. The BBC article portrays hugging as a means of encouragement and friendship rather than marriage; in short, absolute ban of PDA endangers good-natured socializing and mutual uplifting. On a side note, it is more sensible to teach students proper courtship (and, if necessary, ban obviously inappropriate lusting such as groping)

    The concern is that the majority in a school are disturbed by PDA. Instead of banning PDA, the more accurate solution is to teach that respect is part of true love (i.e. don’t distract others with your PDA) and loneliness is ok as long as it does not lead to impatience (impatience is actually a sign of needing marriage counseling in this case).

    Basically, love and don’t lust.

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  • Makayla from Massachusetts

    Although it will provide a discraction to other students it should not be banned. There are many people who are in the LGBTQ+ and cannot come out to their parents and the only way to be able to see and show affection to their boyfriend or girlfriend is in school. There are others who simply just cant go out but truely love someone so much where just showing affection outside of school just isn’t enough and they want to show their partner as much affection as possible. And it could simply just be your parents don’t approve of who you love but you still feel like you need to be with them anyway because of how much you love them. Not only Boyfriends nor Girlfriends and Partners there are friends as well. If a friend does you a really big favor and you cant give them a hug as a thank you or you are really upset and a friend gives you a hug and says something that will make your day also a friend giving you the best present ever and you have to hide how grateful you are is just absoultely rude. PDA shouldn’t be banned, there should be limits. Hugging and kisses on the cheek or maybe even a small kiss on the lips is fine. Making out will cause too much drama which will be too much of a discraction for students and teachers don’t want to see that.

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  • Sonia from North Carolina

    PDA has never been a problem at my school: people tend to be respectful, and as mature high school students, most people understand that too much PDA can be inappropriate in a school setting. While schools should definitely step in if a couple being inappropriate, hugging and holding hands can release oxytocin, which can reduce anxiety and increase trust and compassion. Due to the positive effects of (mild) PDA, schools should not ban PDA and instead focus on more relevant issues, such as ensuring that students receive the best education the school can offer.

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    PDA has never been a problem at my school: people tend to be respectful, and as mature high school students, most people understand that too much PDA …

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  • Grace from Michigan

    As long as they are in class when they are supposed to be and doing well in their studies, there is no reason to ban hugs, a little kiss or holding hands. As long as they aren’t “making out” why should it be wrong to show that we love someone? We should pay less attention to the public demonstrations of affection, and more attention to acts of public demonstrations of hatred and bullying. If you want to hug your best friend or kiss your boyfriend on the cheek it should be acceptable. Thank you!

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    As long as they are in class when they are supposed to be and doing well in their studies, there is no reason to ban hugs, a little kiss or holding ha…

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  • Salma from New Jersey

    PDA should not be banned unless it significantly impacts the educational process of other students. Simple displays of affection that don’t significantly attract attention, such as hand holding and hugging, should be allowed; more apparent acts such as kissing fiercely and indicating sexual behavior may raise some concerns.

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  • Max from New York

    Empathy and kindness needs to be encouraged in schools, not prohibited

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  • Christina from New Hampshire

    The very first thing that has to be established is this is a state’s issue. There is going to be conflict in various schools simply due to state lines, and that’s good–this should not be made a federal issue. Secondly, as with everything, the school PDA rule requires balance. I think of the Tinker case, where students were disciplined for wearing armbands in protest of the Vietnam War. This was ruled unconstitutional in the Supreme Court, as their use of free speech did not provide a material and substantial interference. While PDA is not necessarily a political statement–although it can be–I would propose that this, like wearing arm bands, may fall under an abstract form of free speech. Thus, schools ought to follow the same ruling. Hugging does not provide a material and substantial interference, nor does kissing or hand holding–making out with someone can in fact create an interference.

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  • Jacqueline from Texas

    PDA can be as little as holding hands. Banning PDA will also consist of banning things such as hugs, cheek kisses, and whatever a school deems as inappropriate. Expressing your love or admiration or care for someone in a way that no way harms others, shouldn’t be banned. If a parent can show their child this physical contact, why can’t students?

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  • Tyler from Kansas

    There’s no real reason that it shouldn’t be allowed other than other people just get annoyed by it. Let people do what they want, most high schoolers doing it are nearly adults and should be allowed to decide what’s appropriate and when.

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  • Emma from Nevada

    You can’t tell a human not to show affection, it’s part of our very being, that’s ridiculous.

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  • Alexandra from Florida

    PDA should not be banned in schools up to a certain extent. Hand-holding, hugging, and even kissing are alright as they are not inappropriate behaviors. Beyond that, however, may be crossing the line.

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  • Brendan from Texas

    A public display of affection may make some uncomfortable, but that does no necessitate the government act to ensure everyone in comfortable. The job of the government is not to manage the personal life of its citizens.
    If a PDA does not hinder the education student are receiving, then the school ought to allow the PDA.
    PDA’s are permissible in the real world; school is not separate from the real world and students should be encouraged and introduced to the real world, not barred from seeing it.
    The primary purpose of public school is learning but school is also a social place where young people can meet other young people. Banning PDA’s is a limitation placed on students interacting with other students in a certain way.

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  • Elan from Kansas

    What’s the intention behind it? Further alienating the youth and preventing them from exercising their affection?

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  • Ralph from Georgia

    The government needs to stop barging into citizens’ personal lives. If two people want to kiss in the hallway then so be it! Obviously they shouldn’t be doing any more than that in school, but who are they affecting?

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  • carla from New Jersey

    LGBTQ+ kids might be shamed from seeing their partner outside of school, by being able to show affection in school – it offers them a space of expression. School is meant to help young adults build relationships, professional and personal, by banning PDA it takes away a large part of nesscary growth.

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  • kat from New Jersey

    if it isnt gross and inappropriate (making out, groping, etc.) then who cares? If it’s an action someone would do at the mall (holding hands, a small kiss) then who cares? If it doesnt cause a scene or make anyone uncomfortable, I dont see a problem with it

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  • Emoijah from Florida

    Although hugging and kissing can be very distracting within the walls of school, it’s not enough to contain teenagers, particularly with their uncontrollable hormones. Banning little things such as holding hand is not necessary and will be nearly impossible to enforce. This will only cause controversy and confusion as the meaning of ‘affection’ will be reexamined and many students will be outraged.

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  • Lauren from California

    By banning PDA from schools, it seems like you are asking someone not to share their feelings about someone else by simply hugging them, kissing them, or holding hands with them. Every human being has feelings and when people have feelings of love, the healthy way to show it is to do what you want.

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  • Andrea from Washington

    PDA should not be banned because it is nice to hug someone and hold hands but there should be regulations on it. At school, it is a learning environment and no one wants to see two people shoving their tongues down each other’s throats, nor sucking on each others necks. But friends, relationships should be allowed to hug, hold hands and peck one another on the cheek or the lips.

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    PDA should not be banned because it is nice to hug someone and hold hands but there should be regulations on it. At school, it is a learning environme…

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  • Alex from Arkansas

    I don’t think there is any problem with affection I mean we are human

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  • Mackenzie from Kansas

    I do not believe all PDA should be banned in schools as human contact is a stress reliever for many and shouldn’t be distracting. As long as it is modest it should be allowed.

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  • Kaela from Virginia

    No, PDA should not be banned in schools. When something like PDA that can not be easily defined or uniformly identified is prohibited, it can cause a very slippery slope. What one person may perceive as too affectionate someone else may perceive as completely commonplace. A ban on such a vague concept can also cause an abuse of power. For example, a teacher may see a student they dislike high-fiving or hugging a friend and can get him or her in trouble. Moreover, the vagueness doctrine in the U.S. Constitution says that a law is unconstitutional if it is too vaguely defined. Even though a PDA ban isn’t exactly a law or statue, the notion still applies. PDA is too vague and interpretive a concept to have a ban put in place against it.

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  • Jeffrey from Massachusetts

    Schools shouldn’t ban PDA completely, but they should if it affects the students performance in school. In the hallways, it’s fine as long as it doesn’t cause too much of a ruckus, which most of them aren’t. In class though, the call is up to the teacher and whether the teacher interprets the PDA to be distracting to other students. Teens will always have romantic feelings and have relationships. It’s part of their development and they will always find ways to do so in and out of school. There’s no point in banning something you cannot enforce the majority of the time.

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  • Dezarei from Indiana

    As long as the PDA is not being displayed during classes, I don’t think it should matter. Obvious PDA like making out shouldn’t be allowed, however, hand holding, hugs, and quick kisses in the hallways will not affect the learning environment. They sneak it anyway

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    As long as the PDA is not being displayed during classes, I don’t think it should matter. Obvious PDA like making out shouldn’t be allowed, howeve…

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  • Collin from Minnesota

    Banning PDA is just rediculous. While straight up having sex in a classroom is obviously an issue a quick hug or kiss during passing time should be allowed by anyone in all schools. Banning PDA is just further our natural liberties and is unconstitutional.

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  • Emily from Arizona

    I think that it shouldn’t be banned. Kids should be able to express themselves to an extent, many times sheltering kids causes them to rebel even more. If it were to be banned the kids would do it anyway but in secret which could lead to worse things

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  • Kiera from New York

    PDA should not be banned in schools because it’s not illegal or against any rules. Shall PDA be limited. Yes. Not banned, that is not necessary.

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  • Grace from Colorado

    With as much time as we spend at school and the amount of time per evening on homework, high school students often don’t have time to spend with their friends and significant others outside of school. This forces us to show out “affection” inside of school.

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  • Yamira from Florida

    First and foremost, banning PDA in schools is a direct violation of student privacy and will definitely cause more harm than good.

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  • Michele from Massachusetts

    It is your choice what to do with your body. Although I agree certain inappropriate actions should be banned, PDA such as holding hands or kissing should be permitted. If I have given my consent to engage in this behavior with someone I should be allowed to do it. There should be certain restrictions to ensure this behavior does not get out of hand, but overall PDA should be allowed in schools. The ban of it would be suppressing students’ freedom of expression and and their emotions. As long as it is in moderation, PDA should be permitted in schools.

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    It is your choice what to do with your body. Although I agree certain inappropriate actions should be banned, PDA such as holding hands or kissing sho…

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