Imagine you’re walking to your next class. On the way, you see two people kissing in the hall. For many young couples, a public display of affection (PDA) is a means to publicize their relationship.
However, at some point, enough is enough.
PDA can quickly become unwarranted and uncalled for — especially at school.
Excessive PDA at school is disrespectful to everyone else passing by who doesn’t want to see it.
The school environment should promote learning, and PDA in the hallways, cafeterias or classrooms is not appropriate.
It’s awkward for people who aren’t involved, and it perpetuates an unprofessional and disturbed space to learn. Nobody wants to see a couple sitting on each other while walking to math class.
I’m not saying all PDA is horrible. There’s just a time and a place for it to happen, and it’s not at school.
There’s a huge difference between polite, well-mannered displays of affection and those that disrupt and unsettle the learning environment provided for us when we go to school.
It’s reasonable to expect that school will be an atmosphere where I can learn and concentrate, and it’s reasonable to claim that Tiger Paws’ make-out sessions interrupt that atmosphere.
Expressing feelings toward others is a personal concern and should be treated as such.
I understand affection builds and maintains healthy relationships, but there are plenty of opportunities outside of school hours that would actually serve better in assembling a positive and well-balanced relationship between you and your significant other.
It’s much more appropriate if you’re affectionate in the comfort of your home or places like public parks, where PDA is tolerable.
School doesn’t provide the context for appropriate PDA to take place, especially when it is treated as a professional learning space.
Excessive displays of affection tear down the productive school environment our administrators work so hard to maintain.
In order to conserve the professional atmosphere, our school should start to take steps to limit the amount of PDA that happens during school hours.
If midriffs are considered distracting by the staff, it’s rational to consider PDA off-putting as well. Public schools should work toward promoting a professional environment by discouraging PDA and enforcing any existing rules against PDA.
In turn, the student body should respect existing rules by avoiding excessive PDA like sitting on each other, kissing and hugging for extended periods of time.
The next time you think about engaging in PDA, take into account how others feel about it and the environment you’re doing it in.