Illinois 13-year-old given detention for hugging friends at school

by Cordell Whitlock
WSDK News

An Illinois teenager has served two after-school detentions for hugging a fellow classmate.

Megan Coulter, 13, violated the Mascoutah Public School District's policy banning public displays of affection.

Superintendent Sam McGowan said Megan was warned last week about her behavior and that administrators at Mascoutah Elementary School handled her punishment accordingly.

Parents had to sign a waiver at the beginning of the school year informing them about the new rule.

"I honestly don't think I did anything that would be endangering anybody else," Megan said.

"Megan has always been told it's very important to follow the rules, but there's also a point where you have to say some of the rules don't make sense and they need to be fixed," said her father, Dean Coulter.

The school district's ban on public affection began this year.