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#1 Hum

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 22:37

PORT WASHINGTON, NY (CBSNewYork) — Worries about injuries at a Long Island school have led to a surprising ban.

As CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Monday, officials at Weber Middle School in Port Washington are worried that students are getting hurt during recess. Thus, they have instituted a ban on footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, or anything that might hurt someone on school grounds.

Tossing a football during recess has long seemed to be a rite of passage for kids in the school community.

“I think we need the soccer balls, the footballs and everything, so we can have some fun,” one student said.

But the students will have no such option anymore. They were just informed that during recess, football is out and Nerf ball is in. Hard soccer balls have been banned, along with baseballs and lacrosse balls, rough games of tag, or cartwheels unless supervised by a coach.

Students were not thrilled about the news.

“Cartwheels and tag — I think it’s ridiculous they are banning that,” one said.

“You go for recess — that’s your free time to go let loose and recharge,” another said.

“That’s all we want to do,” a third student said. “We’re in school all day sitting behind the desk learning.”

But Port Washington schools Supt. Kathleen Maloney said the change in policy is warranted due to a rash of playground injuries.

“Some of these injuries can unintentionally become very serious, so we want to make sure our children have fun, but are also protected,” Maloney said.

Without helmets and pads, children are much more susceptible to getting hurt, experts said.

Long Island Jewish Medical Center emergency room director Dr. Salvatore Pardo said he has been seeing “head injuries, bumps, scrapes; worried about concussions.”

But some parents said it is really about liability and lawsuits.

“Children’s safety is paramount, but at the same time, you have to let them live life,” said Port Washington parent Ellen Cohen.

Several districts from outside Long Island are already contacting Nassau County educators. Soon, additional schools may be jumping on the banning balls bandwagon.

The Port Washington district said the softer foam balls put students in the best situation to cut down the chance of getting injured.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 22:39

I want the 90's back!



#3 Growled

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 22:40

I want the 90's back!

 

I want common sense back.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 22:44

You want the 90's back?  Because it was different and better back then?

 

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I know that my school and a number of others banned certain schoolyard games (British Bulldog, Off-Ground Tag) because kids were getting hurt.  The likelihood is one kid got hurt in one game at one school, and so others reacted.

 

The world's not got worse, it's got more reported.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 22:49

Tag? Really? So little kids can't even run around anymore?

 

And people wonder why "ADD" and ADHD" are getting worse. They just need to run around a bit.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 22:51

 

Without helmets and pads, children are much more susceptible to getting hurt, experts said.

 

And with helmets and pads children are much more susceptible to growing up as wimps.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 22:53

you can get hurt in any sports...  nothing you can do about it...

 

you can get better by going to the doctor to get fixed up... as long as you have insurance.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 22:59

Meh, I'd just move my Children to a different School; nothing worth making a fuss about. I think that's taking safety a little too far, but it's their School and they can do what they like. It definitely seems to be more about liabilities than Child safety, though.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 23:00

They should at a minimum require helmets for playing tag. It is such a dangerous bloodsport.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 23:17

You want the 90's back?  Because it was different and better back then?

 

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I know that my school and a number of others banned certain schoolyard games (British Bulldog, Off-Ground Tag) because kids were getting hurt.  The likelihood is one kid got hurt in one game at one school, and so others reacted.

 

The world's not got worse, it's got more reported.

 

Precisely.  Games like British Bulldog and Brandy (which involved chasing someone down and throwing a ball at them so hard that it left a mark) were regularly banned when I was at school in the '70s and '80s.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 23:19

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 00:23

OMG... me getting hurt all the time was normal as most kids at school doing dares on the playground, playing hardcore dodgeball, jumping from jungle jim to the next, running up a slide with gravel poured on it, etc... 

 

If these yuppie parents would see the stuff I did as a kid they would have a heart attack! Geez they need to realize thier little babies aren't gonna grow up if you don't let em!



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 00:30

so what are they gonna do during recess? standing still and smoke?



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 00:38

Well that sounds like an overreaction.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 00:41

Meh, I'd just move my Children to a different School; nothing worth making a fuss about. I think that's taking safety a little too far, but it's their School and they can do what they like. It definitely seems to be more about liabilities than Child safety, though.

 

Unless you can afford a private school you have no choice in where your kid goes to school, school choice was killed by the Unions and other vested parties in the mediocrity that school has become, I'm glad I was lucky and my kids went to schools where the staff had a dose of common sense, I hold no hope for their children