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PDA in the Halls

Shannon Christensen, Staff Writer

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Around the halls of NMHS, students claim to witness a large amount of PDA — or Public Display of Affection (acts of physical intimacy in the view of others) — shown by their peers. Although some of it may make passing students uncomfortable, there is no set rule in the code of conduct refraining students from showing PDA with significant others.

In spite of the fact that there is no rule in place, students seem to have their own opinions of what kind of PDA should be appropriate or not for a public school. Junior Natalie Tsur (18′) states, “There is tolerable PDA like holding hands or hugs, and there are things like eskimo kisses or making out that just make me uncomfortable.”

Many students agree that there is always a limit or a metaphorical line that couples should not pass, being considerate of the students passing by. Carina Kharmandarian (18′) says that she “understands to a certain point, but at times it’s like ‘c’mon, we’re in school.'”

While some students agree with the past statements, others, especially those in relationships with other NMHS students, tend to not have an opposing opinion to public displays of affection in school.

Maggie McMahon (18′) expresses that there is a difference in opinion when you have a partner in school with you every day. “Now that I’m in a real relationship and have been in the same school as my partner, I understand it better. When you’re in a relationship with someone you want to be connected to them always, and it’s difficult to keep in mind where you are and what the expectations are there for how you should be acting,” she states.

There are many ways to argue that it is more about being attached to someone you’re in a relationship with out of excitement. Tsur even says, “you see it a lot with new couples because it’s like the honeymoon stage, where the only people they want to see is their significant other.”

Mrs. Dorene Zacher, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Coordinator for the district shares her views on PDA with students that she’s witnessed, as well. “For the most part, what I have witnessed in the hallways are students respecting each other’s boundaries and minimizing their public display of affection,” she states.

When asked if/how staff intervene when students’ acts become inappropriate, she replies, “it is the staff’s responsibilities to educate the students not only in the classroom, but outside their walls on how to be seen through the eyes of others. PDA can sometimes be viewed as inappropriate behavior that can ruin an individual’s life and start rumors.” 

In the eyes of many, views on PDA and even the amount you see in everyday life changes as people around you mature. To get a perspective on middle school PDA, freshman Hannah Garcia (20′) states “the only PDA in middle school were a kiss on the cheek and hugs… now you see people making out in every hallway.” Garcia also adds, “A hug and kiss on the cheek are such small signs of affection now, something that you just see friends saying good-bye like.”

Comparing maturity and PDA also requires looking after graduation. Alumni Natalya Malarczuk (16′) currently attends SUNY New Paltz and talks about PDA there by saying, “people would make out in the hallways in high school, but don’t do that in college because they realize they now have the comforts of their own dorms or apartments…people usually hold hands, but not much more than that.” Malarczuk explains that once you branch out from being considered a child, the need to prove your sexual maturity is not needed. “Once you’re on your own and allowed to be with your partner where and when you want, there’s less sexual tension and you realize that sex isn’t a big deal, you don’t have to be touchy-feely all the time.”

All students’ views on PDA and boundaries are different, and should be respected. Whether you think couples should do what they want or get a room, PDA will always be a controversial and sometimes uncomfortable subject to address in public school.

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