Hi all, I am new to this site and decided it is the perfect forum to ask this question. I am a parent of a 9 year old girl who went to visit the principal's office on her birthday (as is the common practice at this school). She came to me and said, "Mr.---- said I have a choice between 9 whoopins or a 'hug of love'." Naturally she chose the 'hug of love' and said he squeezed her so hard her back cracked and it hurt her. She was not injured but I got a VERY uneasy feeling as this was being told to me and she didn't seem pleased with the event either. I asked my 7 year old son if he got a hug from the principal on his birthday and he said no. I will be asking other parents at the school how they feel about this but I am clearly bothered. Any suggestions on how this can be delicately handled will be appreciated. I want my children to be safe at school.