Sharing - School District Bans Playing Tag Claiming It's Not Safe For Kids

~ Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 11:24 AM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys as I'm very interested to know your thoughts on this. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

"A Washington state school district has banned the game of tag for kids at recess, citing student safety. "While at play, especially during recess and unstructured time, students are expected to keep their hands to themselves. The rationale behind this is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students," Mercer Island School District communications director Mary Grady told local news station Q13Fox on Wednesday. Parents weren't impressed.

Community members created a Facebook group, STAR MI ("Support Tag At Recess in Mercer Island"), to protest the decision. "Tag and other child led games encourage independence and much needed activity," says the group's description.

Superintendent Gary Plano brought up the backlash to the new "hands-off" rule at a school board meeting Thursday, according to the Mercer Island Reporter. "It's regretful that what seemed to be a well-intentioned desire to help protect kids has taken a life of its own," said Plano, announcing that he would form a committee that would gather parents' feedback.

Tag is not the only common childhood activity under attack. Schools nationwide have banned hugging, dodgeball and competitive games in general. Several schools in the United Kingdom have even prohibited the concept of "best friends.""


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