I was just thinking about the note on WC about the 8-yr-old that was taken away in handcuffs, and thinking that U.S. teachers are not supposed to touch kids any more and how out-of-hand that gets. Today when I picked up difficult child after school (he goes to an after-school program in the same bldg) one of the ladies, to whom I sent a Christmas card, gave me a hug and said "Thank you" for the card and photo. Of course, difficult child never gave it to her ... I found it in his backpack last week! So I gave the long-overdue Christmas cards to his classmate in carpool and they found their way to the proper people. She said she thanked difficult child and gave him a hug, too, and then she looked stricken and said, "I don't know how you feel about hugging." Sigh. It's come to that. I said it's fine, if he'll let her. I warned her to be in his direct line of sight, because if he's startled by a touch, he may lash out by accident ... he's a little hyper and autistic that way (she does not know his diagnosis but she's a quick thinker). She said she was standing directly in front of him so everything was fine, but she thanked me for the info. We had a nice chat and wished one another a happy New Year.