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Everyone’s favourite greeting is under attack.

Bureaucrats in Peterborough, Ontario are standing by a policy that bans crossing guards from giving or receiving high-fives from kids. The no-touch policy has been in place for some time, but it became a reality after a guard from Prince of Wales Public School was recently instructed to stop accepting the greeting while on duty.

Barney Stinson

According to city officials, those innocent high-fives can get just a little “too extreme.”

“There is a potential that guards can be distracted and we want to make sure those crossing locations are safe,” Kevin Jones, Peterborough’s manager of transportation, told CTV Toronto.

He pointed out a time when a child was seen jumping and high-fiving a guard’s sign while crossing the road, saying it could’ve become a safety issue if they had slipped and fell.

Regardless, many parents have taken to social media calling the ban “ridiculous,” while a number of protesters have since appeared at city hall:

Parents and crossing guards say the policy is frustrating, because they believe the high-fives help build a relationship of trust with the kids. The city currently employs 40 guards who work at 35 locations.

But hey, if those protests are successful, we suppose it’ll be high-fives all round.

Super high five

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