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Friday, October 20, 2006

No Tag

Tag, touch football, and all other "chasing" games are now against the rules at Willett Elementary School in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Willett principal Gaylene Heepe commented that recess is a "time when accidents can happen."

Playing tag has also been banned this year at elementary schools in Wyoming, Washington, and South Carolina. According to a report in The Sun Chronicle, the reason for the bans is that "kids would get too rough or run into each other, giving rise to parent complaints and threats of lawsuits."

While most of the Willett parents thought the ban at their school was silly, some felt that it was a good idea for student safety. Celeste D'Elia, whose son is a Willett student, supports the ban saying, "I've witnessed enough near collisions."

Oh, no! Near collisions? Well, we can't have that.

The Sun Chronicle report stated that dodgeball is also banned in some schools in the area because it is "exclusionary and dangerous." In place of dodgeball, "modified versions now include softer balls and ways for children to re-enter the action."

Well, of course. We can't have anyone being put out of the game and feeling excluded. Someone might have his self-esteem destroyed.

Come to think of it, I really don't know how I survived childhood. We played tackle football at recess (not touch); if we were feeling excluded, we were told to "toughen up"; and we never heard of self-esteem.

Oh, for the "good 'ol days."


Blogger SkyePuppy said...

You know, separate padded cells and straightjackets would go a long way toward preventing injury too. I say we implement this plan immediately. For the school administration.

3:35 PM  

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