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No more 'High Fives' allowed for crossing guards in Peterborough, Ontario

For years, it's been a daily tradition for some kids in Peterborough, Ontario. On their way to school, they slap their local crossing guard with a 'high five.' On Monday, though, crossing the street became strictly hands-off....

For years, it's been a daily tradition for some kids in Peterborough, Ontario. On their way to school, they slap their local crossing guard with a 'high five.' On Monday, though, crossing the street became strictly hands-off.

Parent Jason Hartwick says a guard pulled him aside and said, "We were told in no uncertain terms that we're not allowed to give high-fives to the kids any more."

The City of Peterborough released a statement saying, in part, "The City of Peterborough's policy for crossing guards restricts all forms of physical contact between Crossing Guards and children." The statement also suggests it could be a safety risk if the crossing guards are distracted.

All they do is put their hand down and the kid comes over and gives them a high five. I don't see how that can distract anybody. - Parent Jason Hartwick

Hartwick tells Carol "My four year old, the day I had to tell him...he cried." 

This morning, he and a small group of kids and parents gathered at City Hall this morning to protest the decision. He may start a petition to reinstate high fives.

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