A high school in Henan took a half-step towards pure evil when China National Radio revealed to the public the school’s new list of student prohibitions—including holding hands with another student of the opposite sex.
According to the regulation from Yanshi High School in Luoyang, students caught doing the five-finger tango could face suspension from the school. If they were caught touching palms after the first warning, they could be expelled.
Public backlash from the report caused school officials to clarify to Henan Business Daily that “holding hands” was more of a euphemism. Students will mostly face consequences “if they engage in a relationship and become a bad influence on others.”
So, yeah, it doesn’t look good for puppy love.
The school’s headmaster, Ji Anle, said that the rules are there to foster a healthy environment for studying. Many Chinese parents and teachers are on Ji’s side, seeing dating as destructive to grades. In the past, Chinese schools have banned students from getting too close to each other and walking together. As well as note-passing and gift-giving.
The school’s anti-PDA rule came as one of eight prohibitions (echoing another eight ethical measures). Other restrictions were pretty standard and included stealing, cheating, smoking, drinking and…birthday parties. Cake is a bad influence.
One Yanshi High School student told it like it is on a message board. “We’re people too, not cold-hearted studying machines,” she wrote. “We also have passions and desires.”
By Alex Linder
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