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Would you approve of either of these actions?

Some WV schools are removing the swing sets from their playgrounds because of litigious parents. Evidently it is too expensive to maintain a properly safe surface underneath them.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100901/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_swing_sets_removed_1


Another school district is using GPS tags on students backpacks to track when students get on and off schoolbuses.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/GPS-palos-heights-school-district-128-zpass.html

Does it seem a bit over the top, or is this going to become normal?

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29again

Asked by 29again at 4:39 PM on Sep. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • 29again

    Comment by 29again (original poster) at 4:41 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Wow. What a shame that it's getting to the point that kids can't enjoy a fun playground anymore! I'm not sure what good it does to put a GPS on the backpack, because an abductor can just toss the pack and take the kid.
    Iamgr8teful

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 4:43 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Wow, when I was a kid we played on an asphalt surface, on high, metal monkey bars. If you fell down you were really beat up.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 4:50 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • There was one kid who was playing "Superman" and jumped off the swings. The school settled with the parents for $20 K. I think it is just crazy to pay the parents because their kids do stupid things.
    29again

    Comment by 29again (original poster) at 4:59 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Bubble wrap the kids..it is the only thing that wil satisfy some parents lol..and even then a GPS in their backpacks won't save them from kidnappers..what CAN is good adult supervision..same thing with playgrounds..but accident will still sometimes happen..

    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 5:05 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • It's getting rediculous. A lot of schools are getting rid of swing sets, bars, etc, in favor of those big toy things. At some schools, kid's are no longer allowed to pay tag at recess because someone may get hurt. (read an article about it awhile back). People want kid's to get plenty of excerise and then take away the very activities that might just encourage them to do that.
    meriana

    Answer by meriana at 5:12 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • I would be pissed about the gps thing. The swings if they aren't maintaining them they need to go.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 5:12 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Yikes. I miss the days of playing on monkey bars with old tires used for the surface underneath. I also remember leaving campus once in a while. Big whoop.
    Parents are conditioning their kids to worry too much and schools are wasting money where it could be better used, like programs for the poor or how about hiring attendants to watch the school grounds? We know most principals can't be bothered.
    parrishsky

    Answer by parrishsky at 5:13 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • We will soon have a world of sissies. I was watching a show on HGTV about a couple with a young child looking for a new home. Everything was oh that's not safe. We would have to baby proof that blah blah. OK so show some parental responsibility and DO IT!
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:22 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • @ itsme --- years ago, before we bought our house, we were trying to buy a trailer (it was dh's granma's) We encountered a few problems getting the bank in to appraise it..... Then his dad and step-m laughingly asked us if we wanted to buy the extra house that THEY had. We didn't even know they HAD one, lol! Turns out that his step-sis decided she didn't want HER house after she got divorced, so they bought it, fixed it up, and tried to sell it. They said NOTHING to us about it, because there was a deck, and they were afraid our girls might get hurt, yet they were renting it to a couple who had a dd the same age as our youngest. (Those 2 girls are STILL friends, 13 years later!) But I could not understand that thinking that it was OK for a RENTER, but not their own family!!??!!
    29again

    Comment by 29again (original poster) at 7:18 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

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