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Toronto School Bans Hard Balls

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the watch-how-you-play dept.

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In an attempt to finally "think of the children," Earl Beatty Public school has prohibited students from playing with balls after a "few serious incidents" in which students and staff were hit or almost hit by balls. From the article: "The happy days of kicking a ball around at recess ended Monday after students took home a letter advising that henceforth, no child could bring a soccer ball, football, volleyball or even tennis ball to the junior and senior school in the area of Coxwell and Danforth Aves." I assume all lunches will soon be taken via feeding tube to minimize choking hazards.

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watson can't find that school in Toronto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091478)

watson can't find that school in Toronto

No ball jokes in the comments. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091480)

I'm watching you.

Re:No ball jokes in the comments. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091502)

Well... Balls to you Sir.

Re:No ball jokes in the comments. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091624)

"No ball jokes in the comments."

Can we at least make jokes about Coxwell Ave.?

Re:No ball jokes in the comments. (2)

mug funky (910186) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091656)

i had to eat my words.

Sounds like... (1)

bsharp8256 (1372285) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091974)

They're playing hardball.

Re:No ball jokes in the comments. (1)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092014)

I don't have a joke because mr. T ate my balls [flamesgif.com] .

What next? (5, Funny)

ksd1337 (1029386) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091486)

Will they ban pencils, because they can be sharpened into "stabbing weapons?"

Re:What next? (5, Funny)

baelgren (825445) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091560)

Don't forget the grave danger posed by paper cuts - they should ban paper too. Computers can cause eyestrain, those should probably go. Many text books are heavy and could cause injury if dropped or thrown, so those are gone. I guess the kids should all just go to individual padded cells where they listen to instructional reading piped over speakers....wait, speakers can be turned up too loud causing hearing loss......

Re:What next? (5, Funny)

pmgarvey (2497652) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091602)

Paper cuts are the worst kind of injury because they hurt like hell but no one gives you any sympathy.There should really be a movement to recognise the seriousness of the paper cut.

Re:What next? (2, Insightful)

DeadDecoy (877617) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091700)

Ipads for everyone!

Re:What next? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091890)

It's all fun and games, until someone gets whacked with an iPad. It hurts much more than getting hit with a paper notebook.

Re:What next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092028)

Think of all that glass if they break! You are not thinking like an individual who is thinking of the children! I've informed the central education authority who will personally be at your door step in 5 minutes to educate you how to properly think of the children.

Re:What next? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091990)

You should join my movement: Occupy The Woods. It's all the fucking trees' fault. On the plus side, no one gives us all that much shit about setting up tents.

Re:What next? (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091596)

You joke... but I did get stabbed with a pencil on the playground. I had a "graphite" tattoo where the lead entered me- faded over a few years- but it remained for a while.

Re:What next? (5, Insightful)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091608)

So you are agreeing that banning pencils is a good idea? I hope not. Once we eliminate all risks in life, we eliminate all rewards as well.

Re:What next? (2)

mug funky (910186) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091674)

mods!

Re:What next? (2, Funny)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091886)

Yes?

Re:What next? (5, Funny)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091788)

Well... maybe not ban pencils... but perhaps force people to need a license to obtain a pencil- and maybe go through a 60 day wait period to stop crimes of passion.

Pencils are a dangerous weapon!

- I'm just not sure what they would use to fill out the application form for the license.

Re:What next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092174)

Human blood, of course.

Re:What next? (1)

tycoex (1832784) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091628)

I have a piece of graphite in my knee still from where I got stabbed with a pencil!

In all seriousness though, I remember a student that got kicked from my High School and had to go to the "bad kids" school. Apparently (not sure if this is true or not) he had to do his work in crayon because he tried to stab one of the teachers with a pen/pencil.

Re:What next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091836)

I still have my "graphite" tattoo from 13 years ago...

Re:What next? (1)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091984)

Lucky!! I still have my tatoo from a pencil stabbing that happened over 15 years ago. It looks pretty much the same as it did 5 yeras ago. I don't thing it will ever dissapear. It it between my index and middle finger knuckles.

Re:What next? (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092232)

It could be because it was when I was quite young (probably about 7) so still growing. I'm much larger, obviously, than when I was 7 so I think it just stretch out until it was unnoticable.

I could still make out the stab wound for several years... I guess it was about my teenage growth-spurt that I couldn't see it anymore.

Might also matter where it is- mine was on my stomache... so softer tissue than between the fingers.

Re:pencils can be sharpened into "stabbing weapons (2)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091618)

Ooh I know this one!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K3E5tLoado [youtube.com]

Re:pencils can be sharpened into "stabbing weapons (1)

mug funky (910186) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091694)

i was expecting the old governor to say "knives and stabbing weapons"

Re:What next? (1)

miowpurr (1004277) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091672)

They don't do much when you do get stabbed with them, depending on where that is. I still have a piece of pencil graphite in my thigh from 12th grade. Won't say how long ago that was... ;)

Re:What next? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091714)

Will they ban pencils, because they can be sharpened into "stabbing weapons?"

Yep, they'll have to go back to carving their words into blocks of wood with knives, stilettos and daggers.

Re:What next? (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091758)

Or typing them into PCs or pads...maybe...

Re:What next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091764)

And this is why I homeschool. That and I live in Texas and want my children to get an actual education.

Re:What next? (2)

wjcofkc (964165) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091952)

When I was in 1st grade Joey B. asked Devin M. if he could borrow a piece of paper. Devin responded by taking his freshly sharpened pencil and driving it clean through Joeys hand.

It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

Re:What next? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092306)

Will they ban pencils, because they can be sharpened into "stabbing weapons?"

No joke, I went to this school. and I was once suspended for making stabbing gestures with a broken popcicle stick. My dad came in and yelled at the principle saying the only way I could have hurt someone is if I held them down and poked their eyes. I was probably in grade 5 at the time.

Well... (1, Insightful)

RPGillespie (2478442) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091492)

In the days where there are lawsuit trolls roaming the earth trying to turn any mishap into $$$, I can't really blame them.

Re:Well... (5, Insightful)

chispito (1870390) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091668)

In the days where there are lawsuit trolls roaming the earth trying to turn any mishap into $$$, I can't really blame them.

Of course, take it out on the kids instead of the lawyers or politicians that allow the lawyers to conduct business as they do.

Re:Well... (1)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092068)

In the days where there are lawsuit trolls roaming the earth trying to turn any mishap into $$$, I can't really blame them.

Of course, take it out on the kids instead of the lawyers or politicians that allow the lawyers to conduct business as they do.

Now that is insightful. Seriously, what is next? Broken legs are bad. Everyone is to have their legs removed to avoid law suits from leg injuries.

Re:Well... (1)

Slyfox696 (2432554) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092280)

I somehow doubt the school has much control or influence over either the lawyers or the politicians.

Re:Well... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092118)

When I was a kid we were banned from throwing snowballs in the winter. They told us there could be a piece of ice inside that would take someone's eye out.

So the snowball fights had to wait until after school :-(

So I should stop (0)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091496)

Ban on hard balls- does that mean I should stop using the thigh master with my sack?

Re:So I should stop (4, Funny)

Surt (22457) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091648)

No, I think anyone who has started that practice should probably never stop ... best for the gene pool really.

Ballocks! (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091498)

Yep, that says it all.

This is why socialism doesn't work (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091504)

Yes, I'm Canadian. Consider how lucky you are to live in America. If you live in the UK, you're worse off.

Re:This is why socialism doesn't work (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091562)

I call bullshit, you are a passive aggressive American who wants to paint socialism in a shitty light. This has nothing to do with Canada's economy.

Re:This is why socialism doesn't work (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091632)

Well we already know that capitalism doesn't work, so I can only assume this is a heartfelt wish for communism to come to the fore.

Re:This is why socialism doesn't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091822)

This has nothing to do with socialism. When I went to a catholic high school 30 years ago (yes, 1981), hard balls were banned. We were only allowed to use soft balls which were being sold in the school shop.

Hard Balls? (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091564)

I envisioned a baseball or a softball (a large baseball that isn't really soft).

soccer ball, football, volleyball or even tennis ball

None of those listed are even hard! What do they consider soft, Nerf?

Re:Hard Balls? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091634)

I envisioned a baseball or a softball (a large baseball that isn't really soft).

soccer ball, football, volleyball or even tennis ball

None of those listed are even hard! What do they consider soft, Nerf?

Furballs.

Apparently neighbourhood cats with stomach upset are now more than welcome to loiter around the playgrounds.

Re:Hard Balls? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091722)

None of those listed are even hard! What do they consider soft, Nerf?

yes, that's exactly what they mean.

Re:Hard Balls? (4, Funny)

Trogre (513942) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091724)

In fact that is the school's new slogan: Nerf or nothing.

Re:Hard Balls? (3, Informative)

Zaphod The 42nd (1205578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091804)

TFA says nerf and sponge balls only. Its pretty sad. :(

Re:Hard Balls? (1)

Kabuthunk (972557) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091856)

That was my first thought.

My second thought was "Time to buy me some stocks in Nerf... their value is about to skyrocket"

Course... they tend to be form-molded, which has edges that can be kinda scratchy sorta. Perhaps I should go back a step and get stocks in sponge manufacturers instead.

Or both... can't hurt *ducks*

Re:Hard Balls? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092058)

So they nerfed hard balls?

In other news, boy loses eye playing catch with a rock. Film at 11.

Re:Hard Balls? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092084)

If you get a football in the face, I think you'll agree with the classification of it being hard.

Re:Hard Balls? (3, Informative)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092176)

If you get a football in the face, I think you'll agree with the classification of it being hard.

I have (both soccer and pigskin), and I don't agree. I've also been hit in the face with a baseball, so I know what's hard (pain lasting weeks), and what isn't (a bloodied nose for a few minutes).

Re:Hard Balls? (2)

evil_aaronm (671521) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092152)

How the fuck are they supposed to play lacrosse? Try playing that with a Nerf ball.
Or are they banning lacrosse, too, because you might hit someone?
Getting beaned with a speeding lacrosse ball teaches you to pay attention to your surroundings. Good lesson to learn. Why do they want their kids to be dumb? (Rhetorical, folks - don't need an answer...)

Are you from penn state? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091566)

Stop thinking of the children and their balls.. That's not what we ment when we said 'think of the children'.

Public Education at it's Best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091572)

Where I come from, they're called public schools.

Re:Public Education at it's Best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091956)

"Where I come from, they're called public schools."

Yeah, probably, but they obviously didn't teach you proper use of apostrophes.

Public Education at its Best - FTFY

Absurd of course, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091574)

The actions of this school are of course absurd, and they are being made fun of for good reason across the globe.

Except - I must point out one fact. Most US schools don't even have recess anymore. Having a ball to play with would be pointless.

_Am

Re:Absurd of course, but... (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091806)

What? Most US public elementary schools have recess, and all US public schools are required to have physical education.

Imagine high school PE without any "balls" allowed (soccer, softball, football, basketball, etc). And of course, that must imply getting rid of any other "dangerous" sports, so there goes all of the gymnastics equipment, floor hockey (the plastic puck might be ok, but letting kids carry 5' long sticks? The horror!), wrestling mats (it's like publicly sanctioned ultimate fighting!), and for those wealthier schools, water polo or swimming (better not teach kids how to swim, someone could drown!)

So it will basically become a bunch of kids running around a track, or on rainy/snowy days standing in a gym doing jumping jacks. On the bright side, it makes me glad I'm old, and not growing up in today's nanny state.

Re:Absurd of course, but... (5, Informative)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091964)

Granted, I am probably the first person to RTFA, but of course, despite the play to the aesthetics of outrage, the true story is less absurd, less dramatic:

1. the "ban" is temporary until they can find a better solution to the problem

2. the problem is not that the precious little angels might get hit by balls, it's that the play area is much too small, making accidents too likely.

But don't let me stop the hand-wringing. Carry on, carry on.

This follows the ban... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091600)

...on foot-long hot dogs.

Slashdot, what is up today? (5, Funny)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091612)

First, a story about a Boeing "Penetrator". Now, a summary about balls. "In an attempt to finally "think of the children" Earl Beatty Publid school has prohibited students from playing with balls" practically shoves it in your face. Dick jokes... actually, are still pretty funny. Nevermind go right ahead.

The ban on hard balls being brought to school is a “proactive measure. It’s also a preventative measure,”

Yes. That would work as a preventative too. Most schools take a slightly... different approach, but I suppose banning balls period works too. To prevent head injuries.

Ah Pocket Billiards on a cold day... (2)

TooTechy (191509) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091614)

How can they ban this?

Food (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091638)

Baby food might be a good idea if you want to reduce choking hazard.

What, no fences? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091652)

Almost as wacky, I mean, zany; no, I mean bombastic as US laws .. or so I'm led to believe by the news these days.

Probably next ban saying "Eh!"

Title Should Be (3, Funny)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091658)

Distinct possibility of frivolous lawsuits cause ban on hard balls at Toronto school.

Re:Title Should Be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091916)

Distinct possibility of frivolous lawsuits cause ban on hard balls at Toronto school.

Being Toronto, does Canada actually suffer from the same problems we have here in the US?

Re:Title Should Be (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092034)

It is starting to.

Vote out the school board!! (5, Insightful)

ShavedOrangutan (1930630) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091712)

November 7, the entire school board for my county of 60,000 residents went up for election. Only 2000 people voted. Several of the board members ran uncontested. The rest were reelected.

If you don't like crap like this, get yourself or someone you trust on the school board. It can't be that hard!

The general voting public ignores local politics, which is much more important for day to day life.

Re:Vote out the school board!! (2)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091780)

get yourself or someone you trust on the school board

Does serving on the school board require experience as a licensed teacher?

Re:Vote out the school board!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091852)

No, of course not; requiring people in charge to know what they're doing is crazy.

It generally requires (in my jurisdiction, last I checked, your mileage may vary, etc):
1) an age above 18, and
2) a plurality of voters.

Re:Vote out the school board!! (1)

ShaunC (203807) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091882)

I suppose that might vary by jurisdiction, but in Memphis, it's sure as heck not a requirement. I'm not certain that all of our school board members can even read.

Re:Vote out the school board!! (1)

ShavedOrangutan (1930630) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091936)

Nope. It's an elected office just like any other. It pays six figures, too.

More trash on /. (5, Informative)

rish87 (2460742) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091728)

Why is this on here?! This is not at all tech or nerd related and it is completely overblown. If your RTFA you'll see it is ONE SCHOOL enacting a temporary measure because they have 350 kids on a playground that is too small which also includes a day care with toddlers. I don't even know why the "toronto news" thought this was newsworthy let alone slashdot.

Re:More trash on /. (2)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091872)

Because it involves balls and Coxwell. The new editors are two teenage boys that live in Sandusky's basement.

Re:More trash on /. (3, Funny)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092000)

Because chubby tech-geeks in their big chairs like to feel smug about how the Nanny State is taking away their time-travel-based rights to return to elementary school and get hit by a baseball, like God intended?

Re:More trash on /. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092080)

I think it's just a matter of bureaucratic procedure at this point, the removal of "news for nerds, stuff that matters" from the title of the page - they already took it out from under the logo.

Re:More trash on /. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092204)

Are you nuts? This is the biggest news for nerds since... since.. I don't know when! No more getting hit with balls at this school! Rejoice!

captcha: intrepid. intrepid indeed.

Holy hell, this is out of control (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091736)

Next we will be preventing them from walking because it puts pressure on their "precious little skin".
DON'T WANT THAT SKIN DEVELOPING CALLOUSES NOW, DO WE?

Come then generation where kids are 16, fat as a whale and in a bed 24/7.
They killed a thousand birds with one stone, specifically KIDS NOT HAVING SEX BECAUSE THEY ARE OH SO INNOCENT AND PURE, MY KID AIN'T HAVING SEX IF S/HE IS 16 OR 116!

You'd think I was joking around as well, but it probably isn't far from the truth.
Too much love is destructive to offspring. This is a very well known fact in animal relationships with pretty much every species you can think of. Not allowing them to fend for themselves leaves them a wreck, which is exactly what most of teenage society is right now in most countries, an absolute embarrassment. (especially here in the UK, disgusting)

Hey, at least the nerds will be safe now. No brain-cell killing balls or effort to fake "no participation" letters.

Big Nerf! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091810)

Proof of the Big Nerf Industrial Complex is alive and well, and heavily lobbying in Canada...

Was it a specific letter? (1)

gringer (252588) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091812)

no child could bring a soccer ball, football, volleyball or even tennis ball

Better learn cricket or hockey then. Those games have nice soft balls that are completely armless.

This is Getting Out of Hand (2)

Casper0082 (2274124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091844)

This whole "think of the children" is getting out of hand. I remember growing up climbing trees, using a tall spiral slide, and playing on monkey bars. Could I have gotten hurt? Sure, but scrapes, bruises, and learning how to fall is a part of growing up. If you remove all possible ways for a child to develop his motor skills and learn how to deal with an occasional "oops" when they get hurt, we are going to grow up with a bunch of kids who prefer to sit out of sports and other social events.

This is life, shit happens. People can get hurt and or killed at any point in their life. Banning sports balls is not the answer.

When I was a kid... (2)

IpSo_ (21711) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091898)

We used to use these so called "hard" balls explicitly to throw at people with the intent to hit them. I believe they called it a "game"... Ball tag?

Schools will attempt to ban any and everything that could possibly be fun even if there is no chance of someone getting hurt (trading hockey cards was banned from my elementary school), its ridiculous.

Cencorship (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38091928)

Why is it not tagged yro?

What about rocks? (4, Insightful)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 2 years ago | (#38091934)

Rocks are not balls and you can still play catch, baseball, hockey, etc. with them.

Re:What about rocks? Pointy ones only please! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092090)

Round rocks ARE balls!

Err (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092006)

My English school banned hard balls in the playground in the 1980s (for fear of windows more than of kids, I'm fairly sure). We played with sponge balls instead. I'm fairly sure it didn't irreparably damage my childhood. Or make the international news.

Solution: Helmets for wimpy parents (4, Insightful)

superdave80 (1226592) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092060)

..the most serious injury at the school to date involved a parent, who was hit in the head by a soccer ball and suffered a concussion.

If that parent can suffer a concussion from a soccer ball kicked by a kid then they need to wear a helmet whenever they leave the house. Don't punish everybody else for having a skull made out of jello.

Typical (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092062)

Well this is toronto, so it's pretty damn typical of the over-reaction. Then again this is the same city that has flown in the face and allowed segregated based schools, and religious discrimination to occur on the tax payer dole, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

How does this educate kids ? (1)

Alain Williams (2972) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092092)

Kids learn by doing things. Some things have nice results, some are unpleasant. They don't do the unpleasant things again. Part of the reason for having them learn in a school is that it is an environment where they can be guided and with adults around the effects of the unpleasant can be switfly dealt with.

So kids will now not learn that intercepting a hard ball with your head might hurt. They will do that outside of school where if they get knocked down there will not be a responsible adult who can act swiftly -- on the rare occasion that it might be needed. Tell me: is that better or worse for the kids ?

What this is about is cowardly school staff that want to avoid any scintilla of responsibility for minor accidents. The are completely aborgating their responsibility, the responsibility that we expect them to take, the responsibility for which they are paid. Shame of these pathetic, lilly livered apologies for teachers. The only thing that they deserve is our utter contempt.

Their co-conspiritors in this are the money grabbing lawyers who encourage people to sue over exaggerated injuries. They do this not to recompense someone for a trivial bump on the head but to swell their own incomes.

At the end of it: society is poorer for this sort of mentality.

Summary error (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092122)

I think it's amusing the summary mocks the education system and makes a typo in "public".

Aliens, the time to invade is now! (1)

multiben (1916126) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092144)

Attention all aliens. Earth is now ripe for invasion. Our descent towards a population composed only of pudgy, pale, velvet skinned meat bags of banality is almost complete. There will be no fight - we are all too busy playing with dolls in the shade.

Chuck Norris (1)

abonstu (682723) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092158)

need not apply.

In their Defense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092160)

Yes, this is ridiculous, but it has always annoyed me that some people believe that they have the right to throw these things wherever they please. In class, knocking over stuff, making messes, and they think that it is fine. So, I kind of agree with them.

I brought the orange one, and the orange one (1)

xrayspx (13127) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092230)

Why do people really need to worry about this? Kids play, they get hurt, they get better, and stronger, and hopefully smarter. I propose we buy little Aerons for all schoolkids because those plastic stackable chairs suck and will hurt their backs. Many kids aren't athletic, and that's fine, but many/most kids like playing throw/hit the ball games, and they should be allowed to.

/'bout the biggest pair you've ever seen, dingleberry!

What do you expect? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092262)

It's a publid school. Thery're not too bright there, can't even spell.

Beyond reasonable (3, Interesting)

failedlogic (627314) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092270)

Many kids today are inactive and do everything to play sports. School is an environment to grow, learn, play and socialize. Sports seems to fit this very well.

A colleague of mine at work said their 8 yr old son was sent home from school on Halloween, because their outfit was 'too scary'. The parents got a letter and other kids were apparently dismissed. He had a mummy or vampire costume mom had made him.

I don't have kids yet. It seems odd that the generation that grew out of having hippie pot smoking, acid dropping, heavy metal parents to their kids who, like myself, grew up listening to and enjoying even crazier music and exposed to more sex, drugs and alcohol are the same that are deeply offended by 'scary' Halloween costumes or kids playing sports at school.

I live in Toronto and compared to what goes on in the rest of the city, playing with your (or other people's) balls should be the least of parents' concerns. (pun intended),

This wouldn't happen (0)

Shotgun (30919) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092276)

This wouldn't happen if the administration had a set of balls.

blue balls (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092292)

Call me when they ban those, that will be interesting to see implemented.

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