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A lunch lady at a grade school quit after the principal ordered her to stop hugging pupils.

"I told him, you have allowed these kids to hug me for the last three years and they trust me," Donna Jones said Tuesday. "It's not that I want to touch all 453 kids at the school. But the ones that run up to me, that I already know," deserve a hug.

Jim Hough, principal at Schafer Park Elementary School, asked Ms. Jones and other school employees this week to stop hugging students because two parents complained. Ms. Jones was a supervisor in the school cafeteria.

"Taking their concerns into consideration, as well as the job responsibilities of the noontime supervisor, I instructed people not to hug the children," Hough said.

Ms. Jones said children need more hugs -- not less. She now comes to school in the afternoons to hug on her own time. That's just fine with sixth-grader Brian Johnson.

"She doesn't come here for the job, she comes because she likes kids," he said, collecting an after-hours hug.

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