Should schools/parents discourage kids from seeking out a best friend?

I just read an article about schools trying to keep kids from forming close bonds as a way of squashing bullying. When they see two children becoming close or spending lots of time together, they're interfering and "discouraging anything that hints of exclusivity." They're trying to get kids to... show more I just read an article about schools trying to keep kids from forming close bonds as a way of squashing bullying. When they see two children becoming close or spending lots of time together, they're interfering and "discouraging anything that hints of exclusivity." They're trying to get kids to have big groups of friends.

Why is it that nowadays adults are always getting in the way of children growing up and having/going through their own experiences? They're crippling these kids.

And don't they have it backwards? When did bullying start happening in pairs?
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