Skip to comments.Massachusetts School Bans Tag Amid Fears of Injuries, Lawsuits
Posted on 10/18/2006 8:27:28 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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.
Recess is "a time when accidents can happen," said Willett Elementary School Principal Gaylene Heppe, who approved the ban.
While there is no districtwide ban on contact sports during recess, local rules have been cropping up. Several school administrators around Attleboro, a city of about 45,000 residents, took aim at dodgeball a few years ago, saying it was exclusionary and dangerous.
Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Spokane, Wash., also recently banned tag during recess. A suburban Charleston, S.C., school outlawed all unsupervised contact sports.
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Not going to lie...I thought of the body spray at first....lol
That stuff sticks.
Besides, how else is the fat kid going to learn how to run fast...
"And then complain when they are all over weight"
And let's not even talk about unruly and lacking in social skills.
This is going on at my kids' school too. It's absolutely absurd how they insulted our intelligence by telling us it was for the childrens' safety!
No one is more pi$$ed than the kids!!
Maybe they'll be safer, but will they fatter? I thought obesity was the most dangerous thing affecting our kids today. Now kids can't even run on the playground because they might skin a knee. I wonder if there were more Dads involved in PTA if there would be this banning of all "ball" sports.
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Is it still legal to play tag the fag in Mass? /s
Who said this country has not lost control of its judicial processes?? Frivolous law? Naw.....and who benefits? Yes, the people who have fostered it, and support it -- the lawyers and the courts.....
Well even the Clintons, Bonnie and Clyde, knew the judiciary was the only was to move for absolute power...they tried, did a pretty good job of redesigning the federal system with their stooges.....always keep an eye on the judiciary....and the Congress for that matter.
wonder when they'll ban teachers lest they molest...
(said not in jest)
And I bet Gaylene... can snug a condom on a cucumber like nobody's business.
Having spent a few years growing in California we used to play Smear the Queer at recess. Just pick up the ball and don't get tackled. What fun and when the bell rang to go back to class we were definately ready to just sit down and listen.
A few years ago, my daughter broke her arm playing on the monkey bars during school recess. It was actually the second broken arm in her particular 2nd grade class on that particular piece of equiptment within a month. I didn't know those facts at the time but even now still consider it an accident.
For days I had calls from the school board, the principal and the teacher telling me how concerned they were for my daughter and offering any help they could. When I told the principal that I was not taking legal action the phone calls of concern stopped.
Yep, this is a great idea. We had over 2,763 deaths last year from kids playing tag, 87,456 from kids playing touch football, 22,392 from playing kickball, and over 367,945 from cutting paper and ribbons on art projects! What bulls*** will they come up with next? Someone needs to fire a school principal for sheer stupidity.
And they wonder why US is losing its competitive edge.
I don't know - but Smear the Queer seems to be popular on FR!
Take that lesson away from kids and in 15 years we'll have adults walking into lamposts!
What's exclusionary about it? If you're willing to go in there and get hit with the ball without snivelling about it then you can play.
Why don't they just cut to the chase and ban kids.
Why don't they just cut to the chase and ban kids.
I think it would be great if the children did a little civil disobedience. I mean what if suddenly there were kids playing tag all over the place? Is the school really willing to suspend children for playing? How ridiculous are they going to look for doing that? It is a sad world when children have more common sense then adults.
The other thing is maybe all the kids could pretend they got stabbed with their pencils. By the school's own logic, the school would then have to ban pencils. And let's not forget the danger of running with scissors, eating paste, chewing crayons, glitter in the eye, paper cuts, cafeteria food and exposure to eraser dust. Yep school is just full of hazards. Best shut the things down pronto.
They'll have a class on it -- in a controlled atmosphere. I recall reading maybe five years ago about a high school that instituted a class on dealing with failure. IIRC, in their PC grammar school, these kids had never faced a failure and couldn't cope when it came up in high school.
But kids can be killed in school by insane gunmen and the schools could be held liable.
Close the public schools.
H*ll you can fall and break you arm walking across a parking lot completely sober! Really!
The kids will always find something else to keep them occupied. My 13 yr old son and his buddies play a nice benign game called 'quarters'. They sit in a circle with one kid putting his knuckles on the ground and another firing a quarter at his knuckles. The point? See who can get the bloodiest knuckles. Tag seems a heckuva lot safer. I haven't asked him what the big bag of rubberbands in his backpack is for.....
So are they going to substitute "Malign the Milquetoast?"
My wife works at a small private school in VA, and its recess area has virtually no swings, etc. It does have a sandpit.
No tag, no football, no nothing. Too many dadburned lawyers in America - and the law schools are still chock full!
I suppose playing "smear the queer" would be out of the question too.
I had to take that class three times! The tests were really, really hard. And I kept missing the final because I was in the hospital waiting for my wrists to heal up.
The faggification of America's children continues apace . . .
A bunch of friggin' girly men! How can men especially condone this crap? I would have gone completely insane if not for recess? What idots!
I recall hearing of another school's ban on tag because it violated the school's 'no touching' policy.
And in my opinion, that is one of the reasons that teen suicide rates are so high. These kids are so coddled and protected by Mommy & Daddy from every single negative, when the day finally arrives when Mommy & Daddy CAN'T take care of it (which is certain to happen sooner or later) the kid has absolutely no coping skills so they blow their brains out because they don't know what else to do.
Dealing with negatives has to be learned and the only way to learn it is by experience - starting with little disappointments and little frustrations. If a child is not "inoculated" with these coping skills gradually and are instead insulated against them until it is too late - then the young adult is left with no idea how to handle major disappoinments or frustrations.
Parent's who think they are doing their kids a favor by constantly running interference for them have no idea how they are handicapping their children - sometimes with fatal results.