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Fury as school bans playground games - for health and safety reasons (UK circling the drain)
London Dail Mail ^ | 9/27/08 | Anon

Posted on 09/27/2008 3:37:36 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom

Teachers have sparked fury by banning pupils from playing in the playground before school - for health and safety reasons.

Children have been ordered not to play in the 15 minutes before lessons start - in case parents or their young children get injured at Ashburton Junior School in Croydon, south London.

Adam Bates, 31, whose 10-year-old son Shane had a tennis ball confiscated last week, said today: "It's ridiculous, the kids are deprived of valuable play time in the morning.

"Everyone's always going on about exercise but this school is clamping down on it.

"My kids really look forward to playing in the morning and this has really soured their mood.

"Shane is in his last year, but my five-year-old, Lucy, is going into her first and I don't want her to be educated in an environment like that.

But headteacher Lesley Lynam insisted pupils have plenty of playtime during the school day, and at after school clubs.

She added: "We have the no-play rule in place between 8.45am and 9am for health and safety reasons and everyone's protection.

"We simply can't have tennis balls flying around and kids knocking into parents and babies. People would get hurt otherwise."

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: control; lunacy; playground; school; uk; zerotolerance
"We simply can't have tennis balls flying around and kids knocking into parents and babies. People would get hurt otherwise."

It seems headteachers, administrators and principals are the same the world over.

1 posted on 09/27/2008 3:37:36 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Then they are going to bitch and moan the kids are fat.


2 posted on 09/27/2008 3:39:50 PM PDT by svcw (Great selection of gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The Nanny State swoops in to heal the nation’s “owies”. All thank the Nanny State.


3 posted on 09/27/2008 3:40:08 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

And we use to play a game where the point was to throw a football into someones groin.


4 posted on 09/27/2008 3:44:46 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I would say in a crazy out of this world. They are nuts.


5 posted on 09/27/2008 3:44:51 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Socialist-Nuns of Liberalism... suffocating suppression from the Church of Marx...
6 posted on 09/27/2008 3:45:01 PM PDT by Porterville (Im no economist- getting a PHD in economics wasn't economical... it didn' make cents.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Why don’t they just keep the children at home so they will be really safe? Wait a minute though, accidents happen in the home too. Why not kill the children so we don’t have to worry about it.


7 posted on 09/27/2008 3:46:05 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Jeez

Yeah, I cried when I got mauled by 8th graders playing football in the schoolyard. It happened twice; I even called my dad one time asking him to bring me home. But it wasn’t the end of the world, and I had some nasty cuts when I went down.


8 posted on 09/27/2008 3:46:59 PM PDT by wastedyears (Now sadly living in the DPRNYC [Brooklyn])
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To: svcw

Cattle for the Mohammadan slaughter.


9 posted on 09/27/2008 3:47:54 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: LukeL

***And we use to play a game where the point was to throw a football into someones groin.***

There’s some stuff you just don’t do.


10 posted on 09/27/2008 3:48:07 PM PDT by wastedyears (Now sadly living in the DPRNYC [Brooklyn])
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I have friends who lived in London for several years. They told me about the one school their son attended where they locked the kids OUT of the school when they placed them on the playground. It was because it was a pretty rough school and area and so forth. Unreal.


11 posted on 09/27/2008 3:48:15 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: beaversmom

Well, if drugging them into submission doesn’t work, that’ll be the next step.


12 posted on 09/27/2008 3:48:45 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: freekitty
Yup! They are nuts, National Union Teachers.
13 posted on 09/27/2008 3:49:25 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Tennis balls are damned because they’re a safety hazard. But as long as these kids attend Multicult 101 classes and learn to bow down and face Mecca five times a day, everything will be just fine. Britain’s death spiral continues...


14 posted on 09/27/2008 3:50:05 PM PDT by rickmichaels (God Bless America, Land That I Love)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
This kind of craziness has infected us over here too. The other day a teacher told my son to quit throwing his stuffed animal to his brother. I guess she thought an eye was going to get poked out.

My oldest went to a private school last year. A male teacher of Lebanese descent was letting the boys wrestle around during break. Some idiot parent complained and soon put a stop to that.

15 posted on 09/27/2008 3:50:12 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Next week we'll be reading how the 15 min. before school are to be spent kneeling on a rug facing east.
16 posted on 09/27/2008 3:52:36 PM PDT by workerbee (Sarah Palin's very existence is a threat to the Left.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Another compelling argument for homeschooling!


17 posted on 09/27/2008 3:53:15 PM PDT by GWMcClintock (Right after Lib Democrats, the most dangerous politicians are country club Republicans. T. Sowell)
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To: svcw

And too restless and full of energy in the classroom, no doubt.

Well, now we gotta drug them all with Ritalin.


18 posted on 09/27/2008 4:00:02 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I bet they don’t let the little darlings play “Crack the Whip” at recess, do they?

Wussies.


19 posted on 09/27/2008 4:02:25 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Go, Sonics! And take the Mariners with you.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
The UK is no exception.

I weep at the demise of dodgeball. My ideal school would have trees and ropes to climb ... rifle club and scouting ... archery and hatchet throwing.

20 posted on 09/27/2008 4:09:25 PM PDT by Daffynition (Follow the dots: Davis, Ayers, Dohrn, Malley, Soros… use a RED crayon.)
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To: Daffynition

...be sure to add merry-go-rounds, jungle gyms, teeter-totters and unfenced play yards. All sadly gone now.


21 posted on 09/27/2008 4:11:22 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: LukeL
And we use to play a game where the point was to throw a football into someones groin.

And we played dodge ball and "bombardment", all kinds of kill-the-enemy games. :o)

Our team was named The Nasty Nauseating Nosepickers. The football coach doubling as our gym teacher got a real kick out of the names we chose for our teams in the kill-the-enemy ball games.

22 posted on 09/27/2008 4:12:34 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (I don't trust facts - facts change. But my opinion will NEVER change!)
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To: wastedyears

I only played football with kids my own age, but after 6th grade I was too small for football anyway.


23 posted on 09/27/2008 4:13:41 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Absolutely. And how did we ever survive without helmets?


24 posted on 09/27/2008 4:18:02 PM PDT by Daffynition (Follow the dots: Davis, Ayers, Dohrn, Malley, Soros… use a RED crayon.)
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To: beaversmom
When I was in elementary school (1950's), wrestling on the playground was standard entertainment. At the end of recess we got up, dusted off and went back inside. Big deal.
25 posted on 09/27/2008 4:21:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Tennis balls are dangerous? Maybe from a rocket serve at Wimbledon, but come on! My elementary school days were the late 50’s and early 60’s and recess was a jungle gym, kickball, running, wrestling, etc. Nobody ever got hurt that I can remember - however, my brother and I used to have BB gun wars with scuba masks for protection, and around July 4th it was roman candle battles with garbage can lids for shields. We thought we were safety conscious until Mom found out and put the kibosh on that.


26 posted on 09/27/2008 4:36:12 PM PDT by dainbramaged (the Tree of Liberty needs watering)
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To: beaversmom

This is nothing to do with ‘socialism’ or ‘liberalism’ or any of that nonsense. It’s lawyers running riot taking on no-win-no fee cases and making pots of money from stupid cases, so people are scared witless of incurring any form of liability that could lead to them being financially ruined by litigation. It’s a disease of free-market economics if anything...


27 posted on 09/27/2008 4:45:43 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Well which party gets the majority of support from trial lawyers? Which side of the spectrum likes to micromanage people’s lives? Which party is concerned about everything health related, justified or not, and less so morally/fiscally responsible related?


28 posted on 09/27/2008 4:51:32 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: SandRat

LOL Good one


29 posted on 09/27/2008 5:02:07 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Dumpster Baby

We also had a game called smear the qu*** where the object as to tackle the person holding on to the football. Yet somehow we all turned out just fine. I also remember chasing people around with switches. Hard to believe that in 10 short years things from my childhood are now considered dangerous.


30 posted on 09/27/2008 5:11:16 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

My goodness. This teacher would break out in hives if she ever saw a good old American game of Buck-buck.


31 posted on 09/27/2008 5:11:26 PM PDT by M.K. Borders (Be Brave, Be Free. Burn the Card!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

They didn’t have any of the don’t get hurt idiots when I went to school 60+ years ago, they wern’t born yet!


32 posted on 09/27/2008 5:17:35 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: beaversmom

Well, all I know is that before ‘socialistic’ legal aid for personal injury claims was abolished in 1998, you either had to pony up your own money when you wanted to sue, or you had to justify yourself to the legal aid panel before they would provide funding for your case.
Now, because there’s so much money involved, thanks to the fact that no-win-no fee is now allowed were previously it was not due to gov’t regulations, many firms offer this were clients have nothing to lose from trying it on, and enough stupid cases are successful to make it worthwhile for ambulence-chasing lawfirms to have a go. Therefore, people have reasons to be scared of litigation for what may look on the face of it ridiculous reasons. But when you consider the consequences, many find it better to obey the petty regulations and cover their asses rather than have to pay huge litigation insurance premiums by not following elf’n safety regs.....


34 posted on 09/27/2008 5:24:55 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Tublecane

Well, if it saves one child from one injury even one time, it is well worth it!


35 posted on 09/27/2008 5:26:51 PM PDT by Boiling Pots (Hey B. Hussein, are you going to prosecute me now?)
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To: Tublecane

36 posted on 09/27/2008 6:08:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: freekitty

Even better is the Fact that.. that is their name and abbreviation for their version of the NEA.


37 posted on 09/27/2008 6:12:38 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I know, it was pretty hard getting a smoke in before school unless we crossed the street first where they had no jurisdiction.


38 posted on 09/27/2008 6:29:16 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE
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To: darkangel82

I wasn’t playing with them; I was in 6th grade, new to the school and a tiny kid. Pretty easy to knock into me and not lose much steam.

Then there were the times when over 250lbs would sit on me...


39 posted on 09/27/2008 6:46:58 PM PDT by wastedyears (Now sadly living in the DPRNYC [Brooklyn])
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To: wastedyears

Yikes. Best to stay out of the way of the oncoming steamrollers.


40 posted on 09/27/2008 6:50:22 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: darkangel82

Yeah, I wish I had done that then. I can certainly do it now.


41 posted on 09/27/2008 7:14:37 PM PDT by wastedyears (Now sadly living in the DPRNYC [Brooklyn])
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