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School Bans Balls at Recess?!

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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School Bans Balls at Recess & Parents Are to Blame

by Jeanne Sager

footballThrowing a football on the playground is a game as old as time (or at least as old as the game itself). But the pigskin has been pulled from the playground at one Long Island school because kids are getting hurt.

Oh my stars, can you imagine? A child, getting hurt?

Why, that never, ever happens in my house. Uh uh. There are no skinned knees here. No bug bites either. And certainly not anything that may require a Band-Aid. Why, we're just like every other house with an elementary schooler -- absolutely accident-free. Wait, that's what your house is like, right? RIGHT?

Alright, alright, I'll admit it.

That's all a load of horse manure.

Yes, my 8-year-old gets hurt sometimes. Of course she does! She's 8! And she's a human being! She got a knock on the noggin at soccer practice a few weeks ago. And there's a bruise on her knee from something or other that happened at the park.

So what did I do about it? Tell her she can't go to the park anymore because she might get hurt? Pull her out of soccer immediately?

Nope and nope. I checked her to make sure it was nothing serious and sent her back out to live her life because, sometimes, we get hurt. And unless you want your kid to miss out on pretty much everything fun in life, you've got to tell them to buck up!

Unfortunately, schools can't tell kids to buck up. Every time you turn around, they're getting sued. And so every time you turn around, another absolutely ridiculous ban is being put in place.

That's the type of thing the folks at Weber Middle School in Port Washington, New York seem to be indicating, right? Kids are getting hurt; they don't want to get sued, so they're banning footballs.

Normal parents like me get angry with the schools, but is it really their fault? Or is it the fault of the parents who won't just tell their kids to buck up? Who won't accept that kids getting hurt is a part of life?

Maybe the answer isn't in banning footballs (or tag) but in asking the rest of us if we'll sign a waiver that our kids CAN play with footballs ... and we're OK with the normal bumps and bruises of childhood. It's not a perfect option; the much more preferable one would be parents who just stopped being so sue happy and kids who understood that one little bump is not the end of the world. 

But this is where we are, folks. We have schools banning FOOTBALLS, and we parents have to stand up for common sense, have to do something for our kids. A waiver protects the schools, and it protects our kids from a fate far worse than a skinned knee: missing out on childhood.

Would you sign a waiver like this?

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM
1 mom liked this
Kids can't be kids. Sad some idiots changed things.
juno1
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Ugh... yes..of course I would sign...in a heartbeat.  

I mean, I can understand having the kids who actually 'play' football sign waivers...( that's what we do for my son's rugby club, parents of all players must sign ).  But to have them sign waivers just so that they can toss the ball around at recess?  What has this country come to?

These people are going to create a generation of kids who grow up to be afraid of trying anything new....lest they get hurt.  If you don't ever fall down, (physically or emotionally) how are you ever going to learn to brush off the dirt and keep trying...  

artemisa3001
by Silver Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Pathetic, they should homeschool them and bubble wrap them.


I would sign the waiver

KayBeCareful
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Yet another example of political correctness and the nanny state gone insane. I joked about this recently to someone and how it's happening. My example was of banning dodge ball because some kid might get  hit by the ball and this is just as stupid. 

I suggest that the schools also ban walking because a kid could stumble and fall and hurt himself. 

No "sarcasm" emoticons here?  If so, I must be blind.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM
I broke my glasses in dodge ball. So what, move on. I hate this new wave of crap.


Quoting KayBeCareful:

Yet another example of political correctness and the nanny state gone insane. I joked about this recently to someone and how it's happening. My example was of banning dodge ball because some kid might get  hit by the ball and this is just as stupid. 

I suggest that the schools also ban walking because a kid could stumble and fall and hurt himself. 

No "sarcasm" emoticons here?  If so, I must be blind.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

 Just because someone home schools doesn't mean they are putting thier kids in bubble wrap. I am constantly patching up kids.

Quoting artemisa3001:

Pathetic, they should homeschool them and bubble wrap them.

 

I would sign the waiver

 

supercarp
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM

The problem is our tendency toward litigation. We want our kids to do whatever they want and we want to be able to sue if something happens.

artemisa3001
by Silver Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM
I agree with you. That is why I said AND. They should keep them home, technically is illegal to keep kids home without schooling them.

I actually admire parents who can homeschool. I couldn't.
Quoting Anonymous:

 Just because someone home schools doesn't mean they are putting thier kids in bubble wrap. I am constantly patching up kids.


Quoting artemisa3001:

Pathetic, they should homeschool them and bubble wrap them.


 


I would sign the waiver



 


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Sick of the sue happy society. See it on here. Mom's are always telling people to sue for this and that when it isn't warranted. Feel bad kids can't experience life.


Quoting supercarp:

The problem is our tendency toward litigation. We want our kids to do whatever they want and we want to be able to sue if something happens.


waytomanykids10
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

My husband homeschools ours, academically they all out do me, lol. I teach my little ones but once they get into first grade, I pass them on to him. He was a teacher for 20 years in private school so he is a lot better at it then I ever would be.

LOL I don't know why I posted my other comment under anonymous.

Quoting artemisa3001:

I agree with you. That is why I said AND. They should keep them home, technically is illegal to keep kids home without schooling them.

I actually admire parents who can homeschool. I couldn't.
Quoting Anonymous:

 Just because someone home schools doesn't mean they are putting thier kids in bubble wrap. I am constantly patching up kids.


Quoting artemisa3001:

Pathetic, they should homeschool them and bubble wrap them.


 


I would sign the waiver



 


 

Somehow I got deleted. I used to be waytomanykids 9.
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