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.
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:
— Carey Marsden (@CMarglobal) November 28, 2014
— THEpattycash (@Racki9) November 29, 2014
— Nikita Matthews (@ikita666) November 28, 2014
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.