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Massachusetts School Bans Tag Amid Fears of Injuries, Lawsuits
FOXNEWS.COM HOME > U.S. ^ | Wednesday, October 18, 2006 | AP

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: pc; pccrap

1 posted on 10/18/2006 8:27:29 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Not going to lie...I thought of the body spray at first....lol


2 posted on 10/18/2006 8:28:22 AM PDT by Blue Scourge (C-17, anything, on time all the time.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Massachusetts, what a surprise.
3 posted on 10/18/2006 8:28:25 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't love Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: Blue Scourge

That stuff sticks.


4 posted on 10/18/2006 8:29:53 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't love Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Guess Tort Reform never crossed their minds, huh?

Lets just banned kids from getting any kind of exercise from running around

And then complain when they are all over weight
5 posted on 10/18/2006 8:30:15 AM PDT by Mo1 (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
And then they will wonder why the kids will be climbing the walls with unburned energy....and dope 'em up.

Besides, how else is the fat kid going to learn how to run fast...

6 posted on 10/18/2006 8:31:17 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Mo1

"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!!


7 posted on 10/18/2006 8:32:42 AM PDT by RedRightReturn (Even a broken clock is right twice a day...)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

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.


8 posted on 10/18/2006 8:32:44 AM PDT by happilymarriedmom
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Normally I blame schools for stupid policy decisions but in this case, I have to blame lawyers.
9 posted on 10/18/2006 8:32:49 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Related article - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1721546/posts


10 posted on 10/18/2006 8:34:03 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Everyone knows there's a difference between Muslims and terrorists. No one knows what it is, tho...)
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To: Blue Scourge

Is it still legal to play tag the fag in Mass? /s


11 posted on 10/18/2006 8:34:22 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (How to win over terrorists? KILL them with UNKINDNESS.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

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.


12 posted on 10/18/2006 8:34:31 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Any activity in which there will be winners and losers will be banned.
13 posted on 10/18/2006 8:35:07 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (Religion of peace my arse - We need a maintenance Crusade)
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To: Blue Scourge
Me too. What next? A claim of someone having cooties will bring about a lawsuit?

Ah... this just in. As I'm posting this, I wanted to do some quick research on cooties before hitting the commit button and I just found this entry in Wikipedia. Funny how everything comes full circle:

Another standard cure is to transmit the cooties to someone else. This etiology has found its way into games of tag, which are occasionally described in terms of spreading cooties.

So there you have it. By outlawing tag, you remove the ability to heal yourself from cooties! What will the CDC and WHO have to say about that?! ;-)
14 posted on 10/18/2006 8:35:18 AM PDT by RedCell ("...thou shalt kill thine enemy before he killeth you by any means available" - Dick Marcinko)
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To: Mo1
The PC elementary school Clint Jr. went to they had to play "Tag the opposite gender".
15 posted on 10/18/2006 8:35:46 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't love Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

wonder when they'll ban teachers lest they molest...
(said not in jest)


16 posted on 10/18/2006 8:36:04 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: Clint N. Suhks
“Recess is "a time when accidents can happen," said Willett Elementary School Principal Gaylene Heppe”

And I bet Gaylene... can snug a condom on a cucumber like nobody's business.

17 posted on 10/18/2006 8:36:23 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
Is it still legal to play tag the fag in Mass? /s

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.

18 posted on 10/18/2006 8:36:50 AM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of an 2 year old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

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.


19 posted on 10/18/2006 8:39:28 AM PDT by Republican Red ("There’s God, then there’s the president and then there's my father.”- 6 yr old Jack Roberts)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

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.


20 posted on 10/18/2006 8:40:10 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

And they wonder why US is losing its competitive edge.


21 posted on 10/18/2006 8:41:17 AM PDT by atomicweeder
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
Is it still legal to play tag the fag in Mass?

I don't know - but Smear the Queer seems to be popular on FR!

22 posted on 10/18/2006 8:41:44 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
It's a good thing these folks weren't around when I was a kid. If I had gone through a day without bruising, scraping or cutting myself - something was very wrong. Hurting yourself as a kid is how you learn to avoid hurting yourself as an adult.

Take that lesson away from kids and in 15 years we'll have adults walking into lamposts!

23 posted on 10/18/2006 8:44:58 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
..took aim at dodgeball a few years ago, saying it was exclusionary and dangerous.

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.

24 posted on 10/18/2006 8:45:06 AM PDT by MarineBrat (God Bless Tonk!)
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To: TonyRo76

Why don't they just cut to the chase and ban kids.


26 posted on 10/18/2006 8:49:51 AM PDT by oldenuff2no
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To: TonyRo76

Why don't they just cut to the chase and ban kids.


27 posted on 10/18/2006 8:49:57 AM PDT by oldenuff2no
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To: RedRightReturn

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.


28 posted on 10/18/2006 8:51:34 AM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Tokra
Hurting yourself as a kid is how you learn to avoid hurting yourself as an adult.

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.

29 posted on 10/18/2006 8:56:28 AM PDT by maryz
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To: Clint N. Suhks

But kids can be killed in school by insane gunmen and the schools could be held liable.

Close the public schools.


30 posted on 10/18/2006 8:56:39 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Clint N. Suhks

H*ll you can fall and break you arm walking across a parking lot completely sober! Really!

MORONS


31 posted on 10/18/2006 9:01:17 AM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

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.....


32 posted on 10/18/2006 9:04:58 AM PDT by TMD (Get Planned Parenthood out of our schools!)
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To: lastchance

So are they going to substitute "Malign the Milquetoast?"


33 posted on 10/18/2006 9:05:32 AM PDT by Shady
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To: Clint N. Suhks

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!


34 posted on 10/18/2006 9:09:52 AM PDT by RexBeach (Will Rogers Never Met Bill Clinton.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I suppose playing "smear the queer" would be out of the question too.


35 posted on 10/18/2006 9:11:43 AM PDT by doctor noe
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To: maryz
I recall reading maybe five years ago about a high school that instituted a class on dealing with failure.

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.

36 posted on 10/18/2006 9:12:19 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

37 posted on 10/18/2006 9:12:48 AM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The faggification of America's children continues apace . . .


38 posted on 10/18/2006 9:14:00 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Republican Red
Should've told the callers you were going to sue them because all the calls constituted harassment (or something) and mental anguish. sarc/
39 posted on 10/18/2006 9:21:02 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Clint N. Suhks

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!


40 posted on 10/18/2006 9:24:30 AM PDT by vpintheak (Yep.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I recall hearing of another school's ban on tag because it violated the school's 'no touching' policy.


41 posted on 10/18/2006 9:36:22 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: vpintheak
Tag is dangerous? Well hell, better ban slides, softball because you might get hit with a ball or bat, tether-ball since you might get smacked in the face. When I was a kid we played tag, in the woods, at night. We also played baseball, tackle football, smear the queer (it was the late 60's, early 70's, I did not even know what a queer was, and had snow/ice-ball fights. When we got a bit older we played paint-ball.....with BB guns, we also moved our football games to the ice pond (snow removed for traction). We also went hunting and fishing. Thank God I am not a kid today. But I do wish I had gone to school to become a shrink.
42 posted on 10/18/2006 9:39:18 AM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: maryz
IIRC, in their PC grammar school, these kids had never faced a failure and couldn't cope when it came up in high school.

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.

{/soapbox off}

43 posted on 10/18/2006 10:55:51 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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