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School Bans 'Tag'

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the sorry-fun-has-been-cancelled dept.


GillBates0 writes "CNN is carrying a story about a school in Boston which has 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. According to the article, some elementary schools in other states have similarly banned "unsupervised contact sports". A parent was quoted as saying that her son feels safer now and that she'd witnessed enough 'near collisions.'" See, it's not just dangerous virtual games that are harmful to children!

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Simple Child Care (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486163)

I've always said that we should just chain them up in a basement until they're 18. Avoids most of the hassles associated with kids.

Re:Simple Child Care (1)

buswolley (591500) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486357)

I prefer the "1 meter balloon buffer" method.

Re:Simple Child Care (5, Funny)

gr8whitesavage (942151) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486385)

Or perhaps maybe we could lock them in some pink goo, wire them together and collect energy from them. We could keep these "children" entertained in a virtual world where computer programs will teach them everything.

Re:Simple Child Care (4, Funny)

wootest (694923) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486487)

And if they take the red pill?

Re:Simple Child Care (5, Insightful)

sinistre (59027) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486531)

And then we send them off to war.

WTF? (4, Insightful)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486177)

Do these people seriously expect stopping kids touching each other is going to stop them getting hurt?

Kids are very simple life forms, they don't have a firm grasp of logic and hence do stupid things which get them hurt. This is a basic fact of life and if you repress it you make adults who do the same because they never learnt any better.

How the hell can any school know so little about children but have them for so long..

Re:WTF? (4, Insightful)

pete6677 (681676) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486235)

These kids will turn into very fragile adults.

Re:WTF? (2)

waif69 (322360) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486451)

If kids don't fall and get hurt, scraped up, bumped or bruised then they won't know what to do or how to deal with it as an adult. Damn liberal commies!

Re:WTF? (3, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486259)

Do these people seriously expect stopping kids touching each other is going to stop them getting hurt?

Do they still get transported to school in motor vehicles?

Kids are very simple life forms, they don't have a firm grasp of logic and hence do stupid things which get them hurt.

In other words, they take after their parents.

Re:WTF? (5, Insightful)

rbf2000 (862211) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486425)

You can tell a kid not to touch a hot stove as much as you'd like, but they're not going to actually learn it themselves until they touch the hot stove and burn themselves. It's going to be painful, but it's a message they are going to remember.

If a child goes through life placidly believing what their parents tell them, as good as the advice may be, that child is going to grow up to be a worker bee, not challenging authority, just following orders. Kids need to learn to push boundaries, that is the only way they are going to get ahead.

Re:WTF? (4, Insightful)

rwven (663186) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486513)

All this is going to do is leave the kids with more energy after recess which in turn makes them more disruptive. Their discipline problems will probably increase...

It would be funny. (1)

UseTheSource (66510) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486187)

If it wasn't so sad... :\

The never ending march ... (3, Insightful)

SengirV (203400) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486191)

... of the pussification of America.

Re:The never ending march ... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486307)

That does it, I'm moving to some macho country like Australia. Or France.

Re:The never ending march ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486547)

No, No, No, France is an example of what happens when you ban tag!!!

Re:The never ending march ... (1)

urbanriot (924981) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486335)

Nevermind "pussification", if it wasn't for tag and other simple ruled "chase" games that existed when I was a child, I would a) never have had anywhere near as much exercise and b) found other more dubious activities to keep me preoccupied and entertained.

Re:The never ending march ... (1)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486381)

Yep. Does anyone think about how many things we use today would be banned if subjected to today's standards, and are only still in use because they got "grandfathered in"?

Cheese? No, it's old milk. Gross.
Bleu cheese? Double no.
Cars [in private use]? No, too unsafe.
Mayonaise? No, raw egg.
Sushi? Not a chance.
Asbestos? AHA! Gotcha!
Guns? No, too unsafe.
Most French dishes? No, violates [Standard X].
Woodburning in your fireplace? No, that seriously pollutes the air, but hey -- it's so romantic.

Re:The never ending march ... (1)

jo42 (227475) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486485)

Over the last 20+ years America is becoming a nation of limp wristed, mamby pamby PC pussies afraid of their own shadows.

Re:The never ending march ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486551)

Aha! It's all part of the Canadian plot to come down there and take you over with touch football (CFL rules, of course).

Soon you will have fruity coloured animal-money, frosty winters, several States with "distinct society" legislation and terrible, terrible "original" television programming.


Your streets will run red with Government issued Canadian Flags.

Hmm. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486201)

I would think the number of teachers in the U.S. molesting school children would be a bigger priority than protecting them from a game of tag.

This isn't really new (4, Funny)

jbrader (697703) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486203)

When I was in elemetary schoo in the late 80's they wouldn't let us play touch footbal at recess. But then during P.E. they would make us play dodgeball.

Re:This isn't really new (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486423)

We played touch rugby in a P.E. class once, and I've still got the marks to prove it. I didn't sue the school because I slipped on the gravel, though. Then again, I don't live in the lawsuit-happy USA.

Come to think of it, isn't GTA a tag simulation of sorts? I usually shout "TAG! You're it!" whenever I ram into the side of a police car. (Actually I don't, but I could if I would.)

Re:This isn't really new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486541)

I remember being restricted to one-hand touch football, because two-hand touches could get more forcefull. But the balls we used in dodgeball weren't that hard and didn't hurt. I don't remember anyone getting hurt playing dodgeball, or tag for that matter. (I did manage to break a girl's glasses, but that's all) My playground injuries involved the jungle gym and the swings. Even with the protective tanbark and later rubber padding, I don't think those could have been avoided.

This is just taking things too far (2, Insightful)

stevey (64018) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486205)

Yes some children are going to play games and get injured, but this is insane.

I chipped two of my front teeth when I fell over in school aged 11, but my parents would have been laughed at had they decided to sue the school.

I'm sure there are probably (too many) rules about schools nowadays relating to who is in charge, or responsible for the pupils, etc. But at the end of the day accidents happen when you're a child.

Its about time people stopped talking to lawyers at the drop of a hat. Sadly it seems that even the UK is going in that direction.

Free country, my ass! (4, Insightful)

bwalling (195998) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486207)

We call this a free country, but lawsuits have scared everyone into ridiculous rules and restrictions. We shouldn't be allowed to talk about freedom when we are imprisoning ourselves even in the areas the government isn't. I'm tired of all the reasonable things I'm not allowed to do because some organization's insurance company doesn't like or some fool sued someone. Maybe I just didn't notice this stuff when I was younger, but it seems ridiculous anymore.

What else is there? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486211)

Isn't every game played by small children a contact sport?
Kids these days need stop being little brats. My kids play football, and occasionally come home with a suspicious bruise or two. But I don't ask questions, and in the end it's all ok.

Re:What else is there? (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486517)

and if you're lucky, somes games played when you're a young adult are a contact sport :)

Whats next? (1)

xaviel (1015137) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486223)

Whats next, banning soccer because you can get hit in the face with the ball?

Why (2, Insightful)

kafkar (820561) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486225)

It's a sad day when children can't play tag. What are these kids going to be like if they grow up without ever playing contact sports. Scraping their knees or getting bruises are good ways for children to learn about the world they live in, and the consequences of their actions. It would be interesting to see how they enforce this, considering they are banning 'unsupervised' contact sports. If they are unsupervised, how are they going to stop it?

Plan stupid (1)

radu.stanca (857153) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486231)

`nuff said.

right... (0, Troll)

sxpert (139117) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486233)

it's parental stupidity that is...
man, those dumbasses in the US will never cease to amaze me :D

Re:right... (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486435)

They never cease to amaze me and I live in the US.

Re:right... (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486449)

Give us a week, we'll do it again!

It's our primary export. Course, no one's buying so we've got this huge trade gap...

Oh gods.... (5, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486241)

I was going to write up a witty retort to all of this, but I think its far simpler just to call these people fucking idiots and get back to work.

Re:Oh gods.... (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486337)

I was going to write up a witty retort to all of this, but I think its far simpler just to call these people fucking idiots and get back to work.

I hope you aren't calling the school officials idiots. It's the parents and lawyers. The school is just giving up in an impossible situation, and innoculating against a vector for an injury lawsuit. There's nothing else you can do in a culture run by and for lawyers.

Here in California we have clear cut cases of lawyers abusing the law and making millions from nusiance lawsuits, and everyone knows about it, but it's going to take an armed insurrection to put a stop to it because the Trail Lawyers pay off the politicians to kill any mitigating legislation.

Pathetic (1)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486243)

There is a reason their bones are still comprised of a large amount of cartilege at their young age; nature knows they're uncoordinated and clumsy. What kind of overprotective, fearful nation are we becoming? Are we going to force our children to start wearing those padded suits they use to train attack dogs soon? Mother of the nation, you are going to strangle your children with those apron strings!

Attleboro, MA <> Boston, MA (4, Informative)

el_gordo101 (643167) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486249)

Attleboro, MA is not in Boston as the posting states, it is a small city south of Boston.

Pst (1)

Headcase88 (828620) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486331)

Quiet, you're ruining the hyperbole!

contact sports (1)

iambarry (134796) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486255)

Since when is tag a "contact sport" like football?

Why not ban recess altogether?

I know this is only one wacky school district, but do they have no common sense at all?

We'd reach new heights of absurdity... (4, Funny)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486273)

... but we can't, because that would involve taking the stairs, and someone might get hurt.

No. Fucking. Way. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486275)

Please tell me this is an elaborate troll. PLEASE.

This is bad. (1)

PresidentEnder (849024) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486279)

This is a sad thing, indeed. Sad because people would hold the school responsible and legally liable, sad because kids are being told that they can't be kids, sad because removing an athletic and only kind of competitive game takes away the ability to tire them out, avoid hurt feelings, and give the teachers a break.

I still have a scar on my cheek from a collision in a game of tag in second grade. It builds character, seriously.

School's and liability (2, Insightful)

the Gray Mouser (1013773) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486285)

Wouldn't it be nice if someday schools were held liable for kids that couldn't read or do basic math?

Instead they're spending their time worrying about tag, metal jungle gyms, or any perceived threats or sexual harassment between students.

This is soo sad, its not even funny.. (3, Funny)

Sassinak (150422) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486287)

Well, it is funny.. *checking my calender to see if its april 1st*

Come on, the classic game of tag has been played in various forms, seemingly, for ever. With few to almost none getting hurt. My goodness, we are are rasing a bunch of whiny little snots who can't even take a little bruse. What, I wonder will they do, be when they grow up. (best friends with lawyers or a lawyer themselves I suspect, where NOTHING is ever their fault).

Sheez.. stuff like this gets me sick.

Conspiracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486289)

Its all a conspiracy to make us even more fat, lazy, and docile I tell you!

Newsflash, schools ban recess! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486291)

In breaking news school ban recess all together on the basis of a student might trip/fall/slide/twist/skid/interact/run/walk/crawl /breathe fresh air/get exercise/physically exert themselves/get tired, and hold the school liable. Next week we will look into the gym class epidemic, yes that is right folks, they are actually trying to make our children non-obese, those horrible people.

Did you ever play "Suicide" in the school yard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486293)

We use to play a game in elementary school that was called Suicide. You would throw a tennis ball against a wall. If someone caught it on the fly, you had to run to the wall and tag the wall and says "SUICIDE" before the person who caught the ball could hit you with the ball. If you tried to catch the ball, and dropped it, you had to run to the wall and tag it and say suicide before someone else got the ball and beaned you with it. There were other rules where if you called suicide 3 times, you had to assume the possition (hands against the wall, ass out) and every person got to bean you with the tennis ball. It was a lot of fun.

Re:Did you ever play "Suicide" in the school yard? (1)

courtarro (786894) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486369)

No, we played the other kind of "suicide", but I wasn't very good at it, and they eventually banned it before I could win. Now I have to live with myself.

Re:Did you ever play "Suicide" in the school yard? (1)

Hubbell (850646) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486509)

We called it wall ball. We played it with a large (size of a baseball) rubber ball, and some of us took the initiative to be men and go back to the wall, tuck our junk between our legs, and cover our face. I started it mainly due to getting a near concussion from being hit in the base of the skull one day. Ah the number of times the teachers would take the ball from us, leave thinking we were done, and we'd just bring out another one. We went through 15 balls in one week once.

While we're at it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486309)

Why not ban walking? I mean, these kids could walk into walls, or worse, traffic! Lets forbid them from moving at all!

Seriously, we're living in an age of disinfectants and sanatizers. How are kids supposed to develope an immune system if they are never exposed to any germs? How are they supposed to learn to pick themselves up after they fall if you forbid them from running? The US has become a nation of over protective mothers! Let the kids live, otherwise what's the point?

Jesus Allah and Muhammed (2, Insightful)

Hubbell (850646) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486311)

What is this country coming to? Being a kid is ABOUT getting hurt. I can't even count all the times I fell off my bike during games as a kid where we'd just ride around the neighborhood trying to knock/ram each other off our bikes. Or the times I've fallen out of a tree flat on my back unable to get up for 5-10minutes cause the wind was knocked out of me. Kids are SUPPOSED to get hurt, and to either learn from their mistakes or just go right back at it cause it's fun and they learned that the consequences do not outweigh the gain, which is fun and a good time.

Not the sport, the spray (5, Funny)

courtarro (786894) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486315)

They're talking about the spray [] . Haven't you seen the commericals? The guy practically gets pummeled by women. It's really dangerous and I hope they put a stop to it. Think of the single adults!

Re:Not the sport, the spray (2, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486535)

Think of the single adults!

Oh, I will. I'll also include some of the married ones, too...

Good thing, if you ask me. (1)

Artie_Effim (700781) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486321)

That body spray looks very dangerous, if you've seen a tee-vee ad for it, you know what I mean.

Slashdot Bans 'Troll' (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486329)

Slashdot has banned trolling and other unmoderated posting which might hurt someones feelings and get Slashdot sued.

misdirection (1)

to_kallon (778547) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486333)

CNN is carrying a story about a school in Boston which has 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.

i cannot help but think that it should be the parents holding them liable that the school should fear. maybe it's my failing memory, but i can't seem to recall thinking frequently at the age of 10, "i could take someone wholly unresponsible for this to court and make truckloads of money!"

And its not the body spray (3, Funny)

geemon (513231) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486339)

After being inundated with all of those 'TAG' body spray commercials that show various teenage boys getting mobbed by teenage girls and being hit on my the teenage girs' moms, my first thought after reading the title was "Wow, that stuff must really work if they are having to ban it from schools!"

And then I read the article summary and find it is just the schoolyard game. Too bad - I was hoping for some interesting reading describing just how well that stuff worked.

It's conditioning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486343)

This is an attempt to keep these kids from running from cops when they're older. But it's not like they ever have enough swings or whatever else for all the kids . . . .

Dumb (1)

tygerstripes (832644) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486347)

In the UK, the original concept that covered what responsibilities a school had was called "In Loco Parentis" - in effect, the school was the "parent". They weren't a company who was looking after your baby - he/she was their baby.

So, anything that a parent could reasonably allow, the school could reasonably allow. Anything that would be neglectful for a parent to allow, just so with the school. It was a brilliant notion that prevented a lot of this idiocy, but the concept is being eroded by further and further defining the "responsibilities" of the school. It sounds like it's gone all the way already, in the US...

Good little boys and girls (1)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486351)

Dear parent,

From now on, all break periods will be taken by all children filing slowly and silently out to the playground in single file, 1 meter apart. They will then sit in their designated 1m square for a period of 15 minutes and file slowly back into class. If it is raining, they will be given an umbrella. Coats and galoshes must be worn at all times in case any cold- or water-based infection might be possible, even when sunny. Portable fans will be provided in the Summer. Talking will be permitted, but only to those within 1 square of the child doing the talking.

In this way, the school hopes to reduce it's liability risk even further, for your protection. We have consulted parents, and at least one of them said "I prefer my child not to run around, she may fall down and cut herself. I think this is a good idea".

The headmaster.


everyone, in their own bubble! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486353)

Otherwise, we'll pass the germs around, and then be liable of getting people a cold!

I'm really glad I was born more than 20 years ago. (1)

jfclavette (961511) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486355)

Jesus. You're not a kid if you haven't split your lip on a metal rail, broken your leg or been hit by a baseball ball in the crotch. It's not even such a big deal if they break all their teeths since they'll lose 'em anyway ! Has there, ever, been an incident of someone ever dying or being permanently crippled as a result of a tag-induced injury ? Touch-football was invented because football was deemed too dangerous without appropriate equipment, and I can agree with that somewhat. Now we are saying that the sport specifically designed to be a non-dangerous version of football is itself dangerous ? "My son feels safer now." Good for him, I bet he wasn't playing in the first place then.

Aldous Huxley had it wrong (1)

Norv (923853) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486367)

Should have been Wimpy New World.

Sign o' the times (1)

Wubby (56755) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486375)

We can bitch all we want about how wacky them Boston "lib'rals" are, but we'll also wonder why kids are using the same textbooks their parents used. If this isn't already a well known idea, then I want it to be called "Wubby's Axiom": If some one can be sued for something, sooner or later they will be. With a budget only so big if a school district is court ordered to pay out in a lawsuit, then there is only one place they can get it from, and that's everything else they have to pay to give your kids an education.

I hate to make gender-based.. (4, Interesting)

jvagner (104817) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486377)

..generalizations, I do. But I have a 2.75 yo son and I take him to the playground 3-4 days per week (his mom, the rest of the time). There's a fairly significant divide between how men and women treat their children at the playground. Dads tend to hang back, contributing support and help as kids need them (and to be sure, too many fathers hang on the park bench the whole time and can't be bothered to participate at all). Mom's hover, ensuring the kid never suffers a risky moment.

Those kids tend to have less certain notions of what's possible, what isn't, and what's just plain stupid. Some of those kids certainly got it in the nature-equation - meaning those parents may, in fact, have some reason to be fearful. Plenty of other kids are developing much shallower skills with respect to falling and not falling.

So, to wrap up with another generalization, it's more likely a mother would feel relieved at this ridiculous development than a father.

Obesity... (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486389)

The new plan to protect our children! Sod bubblewrap, put enough layers of fat on them and they become bouncy!

Fat Kids & ADD (4, Insightful)

businessnerd (1009815) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486393)

And you wonder why the United States has an obesity problem that seems to be getting worse with the younger generations. They keep banning everything that gives them any excercise. The reason tag is so great is because it is so simple and meets an immediate need for hyperactive kids (read "all kids") to release all of that energy being balled up while they are sitting still in class and also starts them off young with a good perception of excercise. No wonder so many kids are "diagnosed" with ADD and put in special classes these days. In my day (born in '83) when a kid couldn't sit still in class, they would have him/her do some laps around the playground instead of pumping him full of drugs. After a couple laps the kid was more than happy to sit still and listen. Playing tag on the playground was the only thing keeping those kids attentive. Now they are told that all running and chasing activities are too dangerous, so therefore sports and excercise must be too dangerous, therefore, I should sit inside and simulate it on an xbox or ps[#] eating candy to occupy my time.

Seriously I think my head is going to explode

..not just dangerous virtual games are harmful.... (1)

terrahertz (911030) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486395)

See, it's not just dangerous virtual games that are harmful to children!

Absolutely right! We also have to worry about the harm done to a child's psyche after they run the bewildering gauntlet of contradiction that is a public education!

As with everything at this level of BS, only the lawyers win :/

This is so sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486397)

Has it really come to this? When I was in grade school I remember running around the play structure with one of my friends, and at one point be both ran into each other face first. The playground attendant sent us to the office to get checked out, and the office lady went "boy, looks like you'll have a shiner tomorrow!". I didn't have any permanent injuries, and *gasp*, my parents didn't sue the school.

We're gonna have a country of frickin' pansies in another 30 years when these children become adults.

Obligitory George Carlin Quote (2, Funny)

scourfish (573542) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486399)

It's not even a new idea; I first saw it in old newsreels from the 1930s, but it was hard to understand, because the narration was in German.

Finally... (1)

Rudifer_Rex (846255) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486405)

Finally someone has realized the dangers of school-yard sports...Sigh. I wonder what they'll do when someone chokes to death on a hackey-sack? I'll guess our kids will all be signing waiver forms for hop-scotch and eating with utensils in a couple years.

"Mommy, can you call Betty's Lawyer and see if we can play marbles?"

Why are kids today so weak? (1)

FreakerSFX (256894) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486409)

I mean this as a generality....but kids today - they seem a lot softer than previous generations. My children act like they're freezing when it's 5 degrees outside.

Kids today in general are rarely physically disciplined (something that does have it's place in limited fashion IMHO) and aren't subject to doing the same sorts of labour or work that kids in my generation did.

I am not talking about 'uphill in the snow both ways' kind of crap either. It just seems that most parents today shield their little kids from too much - except of course when it comes to TV and violent video games.

Banning 'tag' is right in line with that sort of weaken the humans concept. What'll our grandkids look like?

OMG wont someone think of the childrens!!1111one (1)

Demoulous (325692) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486413)

I can see a similar headline in a few years. Only with the children being taken to school in an automated exo suit that is also a self driving SUV. All so little jimmy and jane are 100% safe all the time and never put in any challenging or character building situations ever. I mean god forbid kids find out how to deal with life's downsides at all. Lets push them into the world thinking its all sugar coated and safe 100% of the time, then watch them go psychotic once they experience the death of a loved one as they are totally emotionally retarded.

Nonsense (1)

miceliux (654192) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486415)

You'll get ......... stupid adults!

A Modest Proposal . . . (5, Funny)

Orange Crush (934731) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486417)

Not only is this a brilliant idea from a liability standpoint, preventing children from engaging in these sorts of dangerous games can reduce bruising and other possible damage during their critical growth period.

I propose that schoolchildren not be allowed to move at all. They should be hung via sturdy cloth from the ceiling, thus immobilized, and fed heartily whilst at school. I have been assured by a very knowing gentleman of my acquaintance in Boston, that a young healthy schoolchild well-fed is at elementary school age a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled . . .

hmm (1)

inKubus (199753) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486433)

Now they'll replace tag with mandatory military training, for their "safety". It's really amazing what pussies kids are today. Why, I used to have to walk 3 miles in 40 below weather and we didn't just play tag, we played "smear the queer", in a field of shoddy blacktop with broken glass and children's blood from last week's game.

If you got injured, you were an idiot. It's called natural selection. The problem is that kids are so coddled today. But what's going to happen when today's kids are in their 20's and Mom and/or Dad stops coddling them? That's right, all hell is going to break loose. Because these people have no idea how to take care of themselves, terrorism is just the beginning of the fears that have been instilled in them. These kids are afraid to go outside because their Mothers coddle them so.

I disagree with it, but the school must be covering it's ass--probably an angry parent with the media on their side. Still, you need to let kids be kids, stop trying to teach them to read by age 1 or keep them locked at home in bed. You have to roll the dice and take a few risks to get a great kid. Otherwise, your kid is going to grow up into a psycho.

Insanity (1)

rlp (11898) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486437)

Excessive over-protection at it's worst. I suspect either a surfeit of political correctness, or fear of legal liability or both. In either case, it's not good for the kids, or for society.

An end to reason (1)

Deluxe_247 (743837) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486441)

What the hell is the world coming to? Now kids can't play flag football and 'tag' and similar 'chasing' games for fear of liability in case the kids get hurt? Honestly - this all comes down to stupid parents who want nothing but a free meal ticket, and our legal system (in the US anyways) is fostering this type of action.

Kids get hurt - Deal with it! Boys will be boys and all that. Now we are sheltering our children from being... children!? When will it stop? Some people will always have something to complain about and the fear of being sued is slowly turning our younger generation into zombies. Soon enough they will only be allowed to read books 'approved' by the Government (since schools have been sued over non-approved literature) and video games are things of the past for anyone under 18. The sad part is that it's not even our Government doing it to us, its ourselves!

I wish we could screen for integrity and ethics in people before they were allowed to become parents - sure, maybe im overreacting a little bit, but everytime I read a story like this it makes me feel bad for the children that will never get to experience the fun of being a child like I did.

Change is not ALWAYS a good thing.

In other words. . . (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486443)

go outside, sit on your fat ass [] , don't look at or talk to the kid next to you so you don't say something the might possibly be construed as offensive or threatening and hope a bee doesn't sting you.

Kids can't be kids any more so why bother with the child labor laws? Just let them become drones at an early age and help their family earn enough to make up for the assualt on the Middle Class [] .

In other news (1)

HAKdragon (193605) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486445)

In other news, schools ban teachers from failing students and students from dating each other. . Local school cited fears of being sued for emotional distress being the primary reasons behind this bold action.

Welcome to the hysterical future (1)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486453)

I would find this story funny, but this kind of hysteria is happening all the time in the UK. One school made children wear protective helmets when playing conkers and only yesterday a referee was criticised for telling parents that they couldn't take photos of children playing football (soccer) because it was against the child protection act.

Will someone please think of the children?

We can't wrap our kids up in cotton wool, part of being a kid is falling over in the playground and scraping your knees, isn't it?

Elem. students should ALWAYS be supervised (3, Insightful)

davidwr (791652) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486463)

I've never been in a school that had unsupervised playground time. An adult was ALWAYS watching.

Now, if they are banning kid-organized tag games, that's just plain silly and harmful to their mental, emotional, physical, and social development.

Unbelievable. (1)

dpaluszek (974028) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486467)

Why do this kind of crap? It only shows the deteroriation of our future generations, and they are already terrible due to parents who could care less. I pray that the next generations will wake up to this kind of items and change it.

The ironic thing is, 30 years ago, people of that time were probably saying the same thing about future generations.

Waste of time (1)

zaren (204877) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486481)

Back in grade school, we used to get our swings as high as they could go, and then jump off at the apex. I saw guys doing windmills and spins 10, 12 feet in the air, in front of the principal. They didn't always land gracefully. My school never banned swings.

Back in the good old days, when it used to snow, the plows would pile the snow from the parking lot right up against the edge of the playground. We played king of the hill on hills 8, 10 feet tall. My school never banned king of the hill.

I have a very vivid memory of participating in a soccer game, and the kid with the ball took a full-power kick to the shin from someone trying to steal the ball... snapped his leg in two, right in fron of me. He won an ambulance ride to the hospital and everything. My school never banned soccer games.

You CANNOT protect kids from hurting themselves by playing games. It is an unavoidable fact of nature. In fact, some of my best life lessons were learned due to injuries (either my own, or someone else's). What you CAN do is teach kids how to play properly, and safely, and put some effort in to WATCHING the kids. Banning them from having fun only teaches them distrust and resentment and laziness.

We are a doomed species for certain. (1)

singingjim (957822) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486483)

Let's just take more healthy activities away from our kids and encourage them to be even more sedentary than they already are. Maybe someone needs to invent wearable airbag suits for kids just in case they fall down and might possibly skin a knee even. Take a way their bikes and skateboards while we're at it.

Seriously, we're screwed if things keep going in the direction they are currently headed.

Without touch football at recess I would have absolutely no "glory days" stories to tell whatsoever.

This is a case where, "Won't someone please think of the children??", actually applies as it never has before.

hello overreaction (4, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486489)

And no, I'm not referring to the ONE school in Boston.

I'm talking about the millions of people who will view the acts of a few schools around the country as the downfall of American society.

The problem these schools are seeking to resolve is this: They have all the responsibility for what happens to your little angel/monster but none of the parental immunity that comes with it.

Little Susie gets hurt playing a neighborhood game of tag. Nobody sues her parents. If little Susie gets hurt playing a school yard game of tag. The parents can sue the school.

The parents might not win, but who wants to be sued for something that can be avoided?

P.S. The difference between PE & recess is that you usually have to sign a waiver f liability for athletics.

"contact sport" (1)

theonetruekeebler (60888) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486493)

Tag is a contact sport the way shaking somebody's hand is assault.

Recess, or what's left of it, is rapidly becoming a period where children are permitted to trudge around in a circle once their doctor signs a note.

Anybody wonder why the U.S. is becoming a nation of fatasses?

The Wonders of the Legal World...gotta love torts (1)

TheGrit (1015125) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486503)

Isn't great we live in a world where doctors have to move to different states or stop practicing altogether and now schools are afraid of liability issues with recess! Punitive damages and personal liablity suits as a whole have gotten beyond out of control. Good luck getting that tort reform bill through congress, maybe if they tack it onto a defense/homeland/national /whatever they are callin it these days/ security bill. Thank god for lawyers....I can't wait for whats next.

Can't normal people get on with their lives? (5, Insightful)

cowscows (103644) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486507)

It seems that we hear about two kinds of parents now-a-days. Ones who neglect their children so completely that the kids lose all sense of perspective and discipline and then go out and hurt innocent people. On the other hand there's a bunch of ridiculously over-protective parents who try to coddle their children every step of their lives, freaking out if the most minor of misfortune comes across their precious future.

As is often the case, the majority of average, decent, middle of the road parents/children are dealing with the consequences of vocal extremes. On one hand, we have unsupervised kids causing all sorts of problems, and resulting zero-tolerence policies in schools where even a minor, accidental infraction can cause a serious interruption in the education even of a model student. On the other hand, we have over-supervised kids whos parents live in so much fear for their child that neither that kid nor their classmates can act like children are supposed to act.

A normal child with decent parents will take some bumps and bruises as he/she grows up, and will end up stronger for it. While getting hurt is not pleasant, it's often an excellent learning experience. You learn that not only will certain things result in pain, but also that bad things are going to happen in your life, and you need to learn to cope with it. Denying a child the chance to learn such things is not good parenting.

Homeschool ..... (4, Insightful)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486519)

Homeschool .... it's the only way to get an education these days.

No way this happened in Boston (1)

gillrock (517577) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486529)

This totally has to have come out of the People's Republic of Cambridge. Cambridge: The City that listens to 1000 viewpoints and satisfies them all. It's definately not the city I grew up in.

I'm actually surprised tag hasn't been reduced to that scene in The Simpsons when they were force to wear school uniforms.

"'re it."
"Now you are the one who is it."

We're headed for it it comes!!! Americans will all be 40 year old virgins soon sitting on our couches singing 'I'm an Oscar Meyer weener'.

WHAT NEXT!!!!!!!?????????!!!!!!!

Americans can be pathetic (1)

xaoslaad (590527) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486533)

When I was stationed on Okinawa, the Chaplain had regular volunteer visits to local school where us Marines could help teach English to young students. On one occasion less than a year ago, we got to the class room which started out empty. The bell rang, and within seconds an almost literal whirlwind of students came running in chasing each other and playing all kinds of games. I was amazed at how rough, and yet how jovial and friendly all the horse play remained at the same time. At least one kid took a very hard fall on the floor, another busted his head very hard into a wall... the teachers never stopped any of this. The kids looked happy, healthy, energetic, and stress free. It is a far cry from the morbidly obese, stressed out, candy munching, video gaming, slothful children of our country. America is falling behind other countries, and not just in math skills. Our litigious nature is our own downfall. It seriously needs to stop, for the sake of the countries future...

In other news... (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486537)

Eenie meenie moinie moe, catch a nigger by the toe, if she loses sleep from emotional stress due to your racist nursery rhyme you you will lose $3 million.

Vendors of murder simulators need to be hanged and left to swing as a warning to others who may Bully our children.

Students must do the responsible thing and take their beating, even when backed into a corner by another student whooping their ass with a baseball bat. Remember we have a zero tolerance policy here and any hitting back will result in expulsion.

What other stupid shit have I heard in the past 10 years....

Memories... (1)

daffmeister (602502) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486545)

I broke my collarbone in fourth grade when heavily tagged by Beth Hemmings, the cutest girl in the class. Happiest moment of my primary school career.

Wuss (1)

dlhm (739554) | more than 7 years ago | (#16486553)

I'm a nerd and my child will be called a tough guy, by default, just cause he can take a little pain without crying. I remember trading pucnches when I was in school.. I guess thats been rules illegal too, if you can't even play tag. America is Doomed if our children become to afraid of pain and harm that they won't take risk..

Generation of Wimps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486561)

We are living a sheltered life of luxury without any difficulties. Without realizing there is a big bad world out there, we're going to get hurt badly. Look at the Romans... the barbarians destroyed their civilization which started the dark ages. We're heading towards a new dark ages because we won't be strong enough to keep away the barbarian hordes from the middle east.

We can't play tag because we might get a few scrapes and bruises, but they're willing to become suicide bombers. Kind of makes you wonder who'd actually win in a war?

Fi8st (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486567)

Usenet. In 1995, bad for *BSD. As else to be an opinion in other come HerLe but now shower Don't just and reports and

More time for Food... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16486569)

Heaven forbid that these kids should run around. Exercise is now considered dangerous?! Exercise has ALWAYS been
dangerous to some extent. Now instead of these kids running around and trying to stay healthy, they are just going
to stand there. Great! No wonder this country has an obesity problem.

Always being afraid of getting sued for liable, will soon translate into abhorent health care costs when people continue
to die from heart disease at 30!
PLUS, how many people don't have sufficient health care!?
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