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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hands to Yourself

(Fox News) - If you want to stay out of the principal's office at Kilmer Middle School in Vienna, Virginia — outside Washington — then keep your hands to yourself. And we're not talking just about fighting.

The school has forbidden all touching — including hugs, handshakes, and even high-fives.

The Washington Post reports the principal says the students need to have their personal space protected — and many lack the maturity to understand what is acceptable or welcome.

But the father of one student who got in trouble for putting his arm around his girlfriend says they encourage hugs and handshakes at home — and don't want him to get the message that all physical contact is wrong.


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