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Not it! Mass. elementary school bans tag
Associated Press ^ | 10/18/2006 | Author Unknown

Posted on 10/18/2006 7:39:05 AM PDT by Redcitizen

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Tag, you're out! Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable.

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TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: children; education; laws; libertarians; massachusetts; nannystate; publicschools; tag; teacher; tortreformnow
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It's for the children/sarc
1 posted on 10/18/2006 7:39:07 AM PDT by Redcitizen
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To: Redcitizen

Well, they still have the seesaws and swings, right?


2 posted on 10/18/2006 7:40:29 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (November 7th is all about Justice Stevens' seat!)
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To: Redcitizen

In more extreme cases, schools have done away with recess altogether.


3 posted on 10/18/2006 7:40:59 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Redcitizen

New school policy: Teachers will be issued pillows and duct tape. Prior to recess, children are to be restrained with the duct tape to ensure they do not do anything dangerous like walking. Place the pillows strategically in case a student should fall over...


4 posted on 10/18/2006 7:41:18 AM PDT by pgyanke (We can't share the blessings of peace with those for whom violence is holy imperative. -andy58-in-nh)
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To: Redcitizen
Educating to the LOWEST common denominator. Public Schools suck and are teaching our children to be good communists and feminists.
5 posted on 10/18/2006 7:41:41 AM PDT by jackieaxe (Unsourced reporting is not reporting but a lie or a manipulation)
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To: Redcitizen

Now we wait for the 'Why are our children obese?' story.


6 posted on 10/18/2006 7:43:05 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: Redcitizen

And then they'll sit around wondering why kids are getting fatter. Insane!


7 posted on 10/18/2006 7:43:20 AM PDT by Millee (A joke then, a joke N.O.W.)
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To: Redcitizen

I take it "Smear the Queer" is out in Massachusetts as well.


8 posted on 10/18/2006 7:44:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jackieaxe

Public Schools suck and are teaching our children to be good communists and feminists.
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Yes, and they come out NOT educated, the way liberals want their dependency class. Good little commies, hating American government, laws, conservatism, knowing NOTHING about American history (deliberately) --- yes, the GOVERNMENT INDOCTRINATION CAMPS (Public Schools) are exactly that, run by liberals, for the liberal agenda.

If I had to educate my two kids again, they would not set foot in a government camp again, ever. Why do you think most children of Washington officials ALL go to private schools?? Gee, let me think about that one....


9 posted on 10/18/2006 7:45:25 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Bob Buchholz

Now we wait for the 'Why are our children obese?' story.
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Lawyers will have to sue for something. It all about the lawyers.


10 posted on 10/18/2006 7:45:42 AM PDT by John D
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To: Redcitizen
Unbelieveable
11 posted on 10/18/2006 7:47:05 AM PDT by ustanker (Vote november 7th)
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To: Millee
Celeste, your comment about your son feeling safer at recess because tag has been banned prompts me to recall the admonishment that Paul Newman gave to the owner of his hockey team at the end of Slap Shot. Unfortunatley it would get me at least 2 minutes in the Penalty Box if I posted it.
12 posted on 10/18/2006 7:47:41 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Redcitizen
ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Tag, you're out! Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable.

How did I EVER make it to 44 years of age?

I'm a freak of nature!!!!

13 posted on 10/18/2006 7:49:02 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Redcitizen

Next time my 3 homeschooled kids - *gasp* - wrestle in the family room (sometimes TOO CLOSE to the brick fireplace!) or rip through the house chasing and tackling each other in various places (sometimes they pass TOO CLOSE to sharp countertop edges!), instead of catching my breath at the near misses and yelling at the miniature herd of elephants, I think I'll just sit down, think of these poor kids in Attleboro, and smile at my own.


14 posted on 10/18/2006 7:49:14 AM PDT by agrace
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To: Redcitizen

But Nooo, the Democrats won't allow any tort reform.


15 posted on 10/18/2006 7:49:21 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Redcitizen
But the teachers read Heather Has Two Mommies to the kids.
16 posted on 10/18/2006 7:49:30 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Redcitizen

It says unspuervised games however, teachers are to be out in the year supervising every recess so isn/t tag now a supervised game?


17 posted on 10/18/2006 7:49:34 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Redcitizen

I wonder what they do to the kids if the kids just played tag anyway...


18 posted on 10/18/2006 7:49:51 AM PDT by CSM ("When you stop lying about us, we'll stop telling the truth about you." No Truce With Kings)
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To: edcoil

The teachers are probably off doing some of the older kids.


19 posted on 10/18/2006 7:51:46 AM PDT by ashamedtobefromparkridge (Sweeeeet LOOOOOUUUUUU!)
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To: edcoil

year = yard.


20 posted on 10/18/2006 7:52:37 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: CSM

Is monkey-in-the middle still permitted, or has the ACLU snatched hold of that one? Just wondering.


21 posted on 10/18/2006 7:52:44 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President** I get it, Glenn.)
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To: All

Does anyone else here over 30 wonder how in the heck we all survived our childhoods without cell phones, being taken everywhere never having to walk, playing dodgeball, no internet.

Wow we are amazing.


22 posted on 10/18/2006 7:52:56 AM PDT by ashamedtobefromparkridge (Sweeeeet LOOOOOUUUUUU!)
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To: Redcitizen
Put the children into straight jackets and spoon feed them socialist pablum. (/s if needed)
23 posted on 10/18/2006 7:53:23 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: dfwgator
I take it "Smear the Queer" is out in Massachusetts as well.

Maybe, but "Marry the Queer" is definitely "Fabulouth!"

24 posted on 10/18/2006 7:55:09 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: Redcitizen

Hope the country's happy with the "litigation" society we now have. There's a ambulance chasing lawyer behind every tree just waiting for the chance to represent some poor victim in a financial lawsuit.Could be someone who smoked for 35 yrs., got cancer and decided the tobacco companies were the blame or a fat guy who overate at McDonald's and decided to sue Micky D's for making their food too easy to buy. Now it's kids playing tag in a school yard. It may be a free society but these freedoms are getting awfully expensive !!!


25 posted on 10/18/2006 7:55:49 AM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: Redcitizen

Why is Mass still part of the US?


26 posted on 10/18/2006 7:55:57 AM PDT by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: Redcitizen

The "Slip and Fall" Liars For Hire win again!These same people claim that our children are too obese!!What am I missing?


27 posted on 10/18/2006 7:56:15 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: EagleUSA
Why do you think most children of Washington officials ALL go to private schools?? Gee, let me think about that one....

Against School vouchers, but their kids don't go to Public Schools: Ted Kennedy, Osama bin Barak OBama, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and those are just the hypocrites I can name off the top of my head.
28 posted on 10/18/2006 7:56:29 AM PDT by jackieaxe (Unsourced reporting is not reporting but a lie or a manipulation)
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To: massgopguy
Another Willett parent, Celeste D'Elia, said her son feels safer because of the rule. "I've witnessed enough near collisions," she said.

How is this mother witnessing anything that happens at recess?

BTW, my two daughters go to this school.

It has one of those old metal slides, metal swings and a playground made from old telephone poles.

No safety issues there...

29 posted on 10/18/2006 7:56:31 AM PDT by Risha
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To: agrace
Next time my 3 homeschooled kids - *gasp* - wrestle in the family room (sometimes TOO CLOSE to the brick fireplace!) or rip through the house chasing and tackling each other in various places (sometimes they pass TOO CLOSE to sharp countertop edges!), instead of catching my breath at the near misses and yelling at the miniature herd of elephants, I think I'll just sit down, think of these poor kids in Attleboro, and smile at my own.

In our house, we sometimes play tag in the house... after dark with all the lights turned off.

30 posted on 10/18/2006 7:58:13 AM PDT by Fudd
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To: Redcitizen
They would really scream about playing splits with our pocket knives when I was in elementary school.
31 posted on 10/18/2006 8:01:14 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Risha

Did they ever close that club that earned you the moniker "Paddleboro"?


32 posted on 10/18/2006 8:01:41 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Redcitizen
"Mass. elementary school bans tag, touch football..."

JFK (not the Frenchman, but the real Irishman) is probably rolling over in his grave.

33 posted on 10/18/2006 8:02:20 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Fudd
In our house, we sometimes play tag in the house... after dark with all the lights turned off.

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LOL! We run with scissors.

34 posted on 10/18/2006 8:03:38 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: massgopguy
Did they ever close that club that earned you the moniker "Paddleboro

LOL!!! Yeah they shut that place down, or so they said..

I kid you not it was right across from the police station.

35 posted on 10/18/2006 8:04:22 AM PDT by Risha
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To: Obie Wan
Hope the country's happy with the "litigation" society we now have. There's a ambulance chasing lawyer behind every tree just waiting for the chance to represent some poor victim in a financial lawsuit

BINGO! When are we ever going to get tort reform? When all the playgrounds, amusement parks, eateries and hospitals are shut down?

Boy, am I happy my kids are past the "tag" stage. Imagine, not being allowed to play tag or capture the flag, and then wonder why kids get high for amusement.

36 posted on 10/18/2006 8:05:30 AM PDT by Neverforget01 (Republicans resign; Democrats run for reelection)
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To: Redcitizen
TAG ???? Jeepers!!! That's such a sissy game.

I use to hop freight trains, tie my sled to cars, climb to the top of billboards, climb up to the repair shelf under the train tracks to drop water balloons on unsuspecting pedestrians, etc.

Yeah, I know - today I would be on Ritalin for life. Mom and Dad would be charged with neglect or worse.

37 posted on 10/18/2006 8:07:25 AM PDT by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: Redcitizen

We used to play tackle football, and it's other variation; Smear the Queer. We are turning our boys into fat sniveling lumps, who don't have any way of channeling their natural aggression. When a society decides it's best to "Dope em'up and coop em' up" it brings us that much closer to our downfall.


38 posted on 10/18/2006 8:11:45 AM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: Redcitizen

I'm not surprised by this at all. MA is such a Nanny State, because of the liberal goobers who run things at all levels.


39 posted on 10/18/2006 8:12:18 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL
If the school board is fearful of lawsuits (admittedly, they probably know their students' parents somewhat), having those parents sign a hold-harmless agreement would certainly be out of the question, too, because that would take away the parents' and childrens' rights, correct? Certainly can't have that either; it would cause them knee-jerk revulsion.

Oh, what a tangled web the Left weaves with the Mommy State!

HF

40 posted on 10/18/2006 8:13:55 AM PDT by holden (holden on'a'na truth, de whole truth, 'n nuttin' but de truth)
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To: pgyanke

>>>Prior to recess, children are to be restrained with the duct tape to ensure they do not do anything dangerous like walking. Place the pillows strategically in case a student should fall over...>>>

What recess? My fourth and fifth grader isn't allowed to play on the playground equipment that we had a huge fundraiser for last year because of the stricter guidelines for passing (ie: Bush's fault for the CRCT testing requirements).

I told them to never expect me to participate in ANY fundraiser until they let my children play on the equipment I helped to purchase.


41 posted on 10/18/2006 8:15:43 AM PDT by sandbar
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
They would really scream about playing splits with our pocket knives when I was in elementary school.

Thanks for the memory of splits with my trusty 3 blade Barlow! I had forgotten all about that.

42 posted on 10/18/2006 8:18:16 AM PDT by OSHA (I am become OSHA, destroyer of beers.)
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To: Redcitizen
Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable.

My favorite game in 7th & 8th grade was Buck Buck. I must admit I had more fun and freedom in private schools than public. .

Our Buck Buck was a modified version with almost anything goes rules as we smashed our forearms into our school mates backs upon landing. Nun's never came over to bust our chops.

This is playground fun!

Buck Buck...

43 posted on 10/18/2006 8:20:21 AM PDT by Major_Risktaker
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To: Fudd

HA! What a thought. My 9-yr-old daughter and I got a big kick out of your post. Thankfully my 5-year-old son is out of the room, wouldn't want to give him any ideas, now would we? :)


44 posted on 10/18/2006 8:21:24 AM PDT by agrace
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To: All
I can't find it... but I am sure some resourceful freeper can... I think that there is some research that shows recess and physical activity actually improves the learning process for elementary age children.
45 posted on 10/18/2006 8:22:32 AM PDT by erikm88
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To: ashamedtobefromparkridge

Your parents didn't sue the school district every time you took a football to the face or fell down.

It's more about litigation avoidance than school safety. My son goes to a Catholic grade school and plays a fairly violent game of flag football every day. (They knock the kid down in order to get the flag). The teachers kind of turn a blind eye as long as no one fights, but they know we won't sue if he comes home with a boo-boo either.


46 posted on 10/18/2006 8:22:38 AM PDT by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: Redcitizen

Add to the list: Ban recess. Ban two snacks. Ban having your own supplies. Ban wearing a cross. Ban prayer. Ban parents from finding out what's going on. Heck, just ban the children and be done with it. Of course, some of the children were pre-banned before they ever GOT to school.

Don't Ban: teaching kids that a homosexual lifestyle is natural and good.


47 posted on 10/18/2006 8:24:31 AM PDT by madison10 (Live your life in such a way that the preacher won't have to lie at your funeral.)
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To: Sybeck1
"Well, they still have the seesaws and swings, right?"

I think they're getting rid of seesaws at most schools. Swing sets are still pretty common but those will probably go too eventually.
48 posted on 10/18/2006 8:25:37 AM PDT by TKDietz (")
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To: Redcitizen

I don't blame the school as much as I blame the pro-lawsuit mentality of many Americans. One could get sued for the slightest of offenses now days.


49 posted on 10/18/2006 8:30:12 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: Redcitizen
The real issue: teachers can not tolerate any competition.

VOUCHERS!

50 posted on 10/18/2006 8:32:34 AM PDT by polymuser (There is one war and one enemy.)
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