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calendar   Sunday - October 13, 2013

Schoolchildren banned from playing tag

Drew posted a story the origin of which is the USA.

Well, here’s a match for bmews and comes from Manchester.  England that is.

Things no different here .... the world has not changed entirely for the better.

Everything Drew already said on his post, applies here as well. No need for me to say it all again.


Pupils banned from traditional playground games like tag and British Bulldog ‘because they are too dangerous’

Children at Egerton Community Primary, Bolton, banned from playing traditional games following several injuries, school says
Parents have now started a petition calling for decision to be reversed
‘We can’t wrap them up in cotton wool,’ one parent said

By Lizzie Edmonds

Schoolchildren have been banned from playing traditional games tag and British Bulldog because teachers claim they are too dangerous.

Parents of children at Egerton Community Primary near Bolton, Greater Manchester, were told in a newsletter that children can no longer play the playground games.

In the letter, the school says: ‘What we have observed is a situation where children were being hurt because they were not moving about the playground safely and because they were playing games that, in a smaller space, were causing them to have accidents.

‘It is not acceptable for us to accept that children will get hurt while playing and it is our job to ensure that the playground and playtimes are organised well to ensure safety.’

Pupils may use the playing fields when the weather is good, but the majority of the year have break times in the playground.

A group of parents have now launched an online petition calling for the decision to be reversed.

Kirstin Jackson, 40, from Egerton, who launched the campaign, said: ‘I started the petition because I want my kids to be able to run around.

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Under comments at Drew’s post, I suggested that this kind of thing has more (possibly) to do with law suits than safety.

Well, here’s a UK comment on this article from someone who thinks the same on this side of the water.

This has nothing to do with protecting the kids and everything to do with protecting themselves, from being sued by parents if their little darlings get hurt. The people of this country have brought it upon themselves, unfortunately, by grabbing every chance given to them to get some easy money. Get rid of the claim and blame departments and schools will be able to consider letting kids be kids again.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/13/2013 at 06:00 AM   
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