From the Gazette:
"A school has banned pupils from touching each other for fear of encouraging sexual behaviour. Sir Michael Wilshaw, principal of Mossbourne Academy in Downs Park Road, Hackney, imposed a ban on hugging last week because he feels it could encourage inappropriate sexual behaviour between boys and girls. The new rule has faced criticism this week by the Hackney branch of the National Union of Teachers, who branded the idea as 'the silliest thing they had heard in a long time'. Mark Lushington, a spokesman for Hackney Teachers' Association, thought the ban was over-cautious and would lead to problems for teachers policing it. 'Sometimes it is appropriate to hug or touch people and you can't legislate for this,' he said. 'I'd rather Hackney kids have a reputation for hugging than mugging.' The ban will see any pupils who engage in hugging with a member of either the same or opposite sex punished with detentions."
Not surprisingly, this one has gone national. But I wonder if it's been revved up a bit. And I wonder who told the press in the first place?