Recess is Now Lame: New York School Bans Balls, Cracks Down on Tag Games

October 10, 2013  |  
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Skinned knees and other boo-boos are just part of being a kid, right? Now if a Long Island, New York, school has anything to do with it. Weber Middle School is banning regular balls (Nerf balls only!) during recess and says all tag games now require teacher supervision. Um, what?

District superintendent Dr. Kathleen Maloney told CBS, “Some of these injuries can unintentionally become very serious so we want to make sure our children have fun, but are also protected.” Dr. Maloney says there’s been an increase in playground injuries that end in the hospital at Weber as well as around the country.

Safety’s important, of course, but this new measure is one step away from wrapping kids up in bubble wrap. Tag can get rough, but teachers should just handle it on the playground on a case by case basis. And Nerf balls are cool and everything, but they just don’t go as far or as fast. Reports from hospitals have shown that the number of kids getting concussions is on the rise, but is freeze tag going to end with a concussion? It just doesn’t seem that likely.

Do you think recess is too dangerous?

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