School bans some sports balls at recess
Footballs, soccer balls, baseballs not allowed at Long Island school
Worries about injuries at a Long Island school have led to a ban on some balls used for sports.
Students at Weber Middle School in Port Washington were recently informed that during recess, football is out, but Nerf ball is in. Hard soccer balls have been banned, along with baseballs and lacrosse balls.
Even rough games of tag and cartwheels are no longer allowed, unless supervised by a coach, WCBS reported.
Superintendent Kathleen Maloney said the change in policy is because of a rash of playground injuries.
"Some of these injuries can unintentionally become very serious," she said. "So we want to make sure our children have fun, but are also protected."
Officials said that without helmets and pads, children are more susceptible to getting hurt. Emergency room Dr. Salvatore Pardo said playground injuries are common.
"Head injuries, bumps, scrapes," he said. "We're worried about concussions."
Some parents said the decision is really about liabilities and lawsuits.
"Children's safety is paramount, but at the same time, you have to let them live life," said parent Ellen Cohen.
Other school districts in the area are also considering bans, WCBS reported.