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Old 10-18-2006, 11:07 AM   #1
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Let kids be kids!!!!!!!!!!! Good Lord!!!

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ATTLEBORO, MA (AP) -- Tag is as much a tradition at recess as the lunch lady is in the cafeteria. But when youngsters at a suburban Boston school go outside, they'll get in trouble if they try to play tag.

The age-old game is now banned by the principal, who says recess is a time "when accidents can happen." Officials are also afraid if someone gets hurt, the school will get sued.

Along with tag, the youngsters can't play touch football or any other game in which they're chasing each other.

Tag bans aren't entirely unheard of across the country. As for the Attleboro, Massachusetts, school, reaction is mixed. One mom says she's seen "enough near collisions" on the playground to justify the ban. But another mom calls it an example of kids' lives being "micromanaged."


Heaven forbid kids should scrape their knees...run into each other or worse...HAVE FUN!!!!! *gasp*

On a side note I'm writing a research paper for my English class on the benefits of recess...and seeing stuff like this...argh...it makes me so angry. We are becoming such an overprotective, sue-happy society.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:11 AM   #2
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With the tendancy for such a evidently litigious natured society of late, stories like this indicates it's only going to get worse
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Good grief!
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God, how completely stupid!!

I wonder if schools in the states play Brandy? Its like tag but instead of tagging with your hand you actually peg a tennis ball as hard as you can at the person, preferably in the head. ITs even better if you wet the ball first, damn it stings like a bitch <--- such wonderful school memories!
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and here i thought the bans on dodge ball were ridiculous...
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God, how completely stupid!!

I wonder if schools in the states play Brandy? Its like tag but instead of tagging with your hand you actually peg a tennis ball as hard as you can at the person, preferably in the head. ITs even better if you wet the ball first, damn it stings like a bitch <--- such wonderful school memories!


i remember it well.

only it was called either "burnball" or "butt's up."
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Could it be? A topic ALL FYMers can agree on?
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Wow...I'm an advocate of playground safety to the extent of pea gravel below the monkey bars and that sort of thing, but this definitely sounds ridiculous.

My grade school didn't even have a playground, just a lawn which was too small for ball games, so tag was pretty much the only active game we could play. I can't imagine how they'd have kept us from going berserk if we'd had rules like this...
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My landlord recently told me that my little girl can't run around in the complex. She could hurt herself.
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i remember it well.

only it was called either "burnball" or "butt's up."
ahhh... we called it ass's up

we must have dirtier mouths in the rough and tumble streets of long island
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God, how completely stupid!!

I wonder if schools in the states play Brandy? Its like tag but instead of tagging with your hand you actually peg a tennis ball as hard as you can at the person, preferably in the head. ITs even better if you wet the ball first, damn it stings like a bitch <--- such wonderful school memories!
In Mass, it was known as suicide.

As a side note, I got street hockey banned at my school because I accidently hit my teacher in the side of the head with the ball. Needless to say I wasn't a pro.

It really speaks to how everyone is afraid of getting sued. It's permeating every aspect of life - doctor's office, playground, classroom. It's ridiculous. I realize a lawsuit every now and then is necessary, but doesn't anybody believe in the phrase "shit happens" anymore? Does any body take personal responsibility for their actions or is it easier to blame someone else?
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I can only say, being the one in charge of a playground, I understand where the school is coming from.
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Do you agree with the article's implication that it's mostly about lawsuits?
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It's rap music's fault...
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And meanwhile, the youth of the nation is getting fatter and more sedentary...

We played tag as kids. Our school had large grassy fields; if you fell, it didn't hurt much, though it did stain your clothes. Why can't they do that now? Skinned knees and grass-stained clothes are part of childhood. All this mollycoddling is going to turn this generation into a bunch of wimps who freak out at a papercut.
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