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Just when you think some parents are over protective some school steps in to prove that they are even more so. According to this article some schools are banning games like tag and others that might involve physical contact. What next? No more after school sports like football, basketball or wrestling? Maybe we should ban running as well. I mean really people fall down and hurt themselves running all the time. Especially in cross country running.
What happens when some administrator realizes that students are sharing the same air and that some of them may be spreading germs! Shock! Horror! Maybe we should require all students wear masks to go with their knee and elbow pads!
Students need to run and play. By their very nature they are going to run into each other. Kids are going to fall down. it's part of life. Sure we want to protect them but how far is really reasonable? Is it just me or are things really getting out of hand?

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  • DenginDengin

    Amazingly enough, I agree with you. But probably not for the same reasons. (Yes, while we are diametrically opposed on some issues, I do think you bring up some really interesting topics). I think the main problem here is frivolous lawsuits. The article pretty much explains this as being the reason why the school decided to do this. They're afraid some parent is going to sue the school for negligence if their precious angel is going to get hurt because they were playing a game. And in doing a quick search on playground injury lawsuits, I can't really blame the school in this regard, even though I don't agree with their decision.

    Regardless of the reason, I do agree it is preposterous, getting hurt is part of being a kid. Grow up, grow some backbone. When I was in elementary school (back in good old Europe, many many solar rotations ago), the principal would flood the playground on purpose when snow was expected (hich doesn't happen too often where I lived) so we could create ice tracks and slide scross the ice for several yards. Nobody cared.

  • DenginDengin

    Amazingly enough, I agree with you. But probably not for the same reasons. (Yes, while we are diametrically opposed on some issues, I do think you bring up some really interesting topics). I think the main problem here is frivolous lawsuits. The article pretty much explains this as being the reason why the school decided to do this. They're afraid some parent is going to sue the school for negligence if their precious angel is going to get hurt because they were playing a game. And in doing a quick search on playground injury lawsuits, I can't really blame the school in this regard, even though I don't agree with their decision.

    Regardless of the reason, I do agree it is preposterous, getting hurt is part of being a kid. Grow up, grow some backbone. When I was in elementary school (back in good old Europe, many many solar rotations ago), the principal would flood the playground on purpose when snow was expected (hich doesn't happen too often where I lived) so we could create ice tracks and slide scross the ice for several yards. Nobody cared.

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