The vast majority of schools are safe and welcoming places for children, allowing them to socialize and learn in harmless environment. Usually they are governed with a degree of common sense, as children are not the most logical of people. However, with an ever increasing scrutiny on health and safety as well as a need to avoid lawsuits, some schools have introduced bizarre zero tolerance policies or downright strange ways of dealing with unruly students. These range from banning certain things from being taken into the school premises to punishing children for things they have done outside of school.

Banning Physical Contact

Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School in the Canadian region of British Columbia took the unusual step in 2013 of banning any physical contact between students. They had intended for the policy to help protect the children and prevent any injuries, although parents complained that the measure was far too extreme. Any students caught taking part in unstructured play or even holding hands would face disciplinary measures such as missing recess or being sent to the principal.


Suspending Students For Hand Gestures

Two 10-year-old students were suspended from school and had to face other disciplinary measures in 2013 when they pretended they had a gun and a bow and arrow. The pair were making gestures with their hands as if they were really holding the imaginary weapons and this was considered by school officials to be threatening and aggressive behavior, despite the fact that no one was hurt or alarmed during the entire incident.

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