Is PDA B-A-D?

McKenzie Prothero and Elisa Paredez

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As many people know, PDA is ‘Public Display of Affection’ which is showing affection to someone else in a public area.

PDA can be hugging, kissing, holding hands, touching, and many more ways of showing affection. It also can be performed with any type of relationship like dating or married, friendships, and much more.

There are many rules against PDA in schools, stores, and including almost anywhere that is in public.

“I think it’s fine to a certain extent, but when you’re kissing and stuff it’s gross.” said Madison Johnson 7th grader.

Ariana Sabal, 8th grader, said she didn’t mind the public displays of affection until it gets gross.

Showing affection in a school creatives an environment that isn’t conducive to concentration and learning according to the K12 website. They say students should refrain from intimate and inappropriate behaviors at school or school related events. These behaviors will be punished with a parent meeting and a potential suspension if the behavior is continued after warning.

Schools are doing what they can to rid of public displays of affection at the schools, but aren’t doing enough.

Johnson said that we should probably put more teachers in the halls around the school to help stop PDA.

According to Navydep.com , in the Navy, any physical forms of affection other than families saying goodbye or greeting a sailor or soldier. Extended kisses or hugs are not tolerated when leaving or greeting sailors or soldiers.  

Debate.org has a poll going for if schools should ban PDA or not. 27% of the people say it should be banned and 73% say it shouldn’t be banned.

School should be a place for learning, and allowing inappropriate ‘make-out’ sessions is not only disruptive to our environment, but uncomfortable for those involved and passersby,” one of the reviewers that voted that PDA should be banned from schools said.

Fictional_Truths1, another reviewer on the website who said PDA shouldn’t be banned said,”Okay, if two kids are groping and tonguing in the hallway, I could see that being a problem, although with a warning before the punishment. However, kissing, holding hands, hugging within reason should be allowed!”

Most schools are trying to prevent Public Display of Affection on school grounds, yet that is not enough to stop it from happening.

Many people have different opinions on PDA and what they should do about it.

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