Banning tag

Posted: April 15, 2008 in Uncategorized

School Principal Bans Tag From Playground

Head Of Virginia Elementary School Says Game Causes Too Many Injuries

(AP) Some northern Virginia elementary school students are getting a time-out from tag.

The principal of Kent Gardens Elementary School in McLean told students this month that they are not allowed to play the game of chasing and yelling “You’re it!” at recess after determining the playground pastime had gotten out of hand.

Principal Robyn Hooker said she noticed that tag was sending too many students to the nurse’s office. She hopes to restore tag – as well as touch football, which also is on hold – after administrators review recess policies.

The issue has divided parents. Some say it’s best to err on the side of caution; others say the ban on tag is an example of overaggressive rulemaking that undermines children’s development.

“We are regulating the fun out of normal childhood activity,” said Jan van Tol, father of a Kent Gardens sixth-grader. “In our effort to be so overprotective, we are not letting children be children.” (more…)

  1. Lee Coles says:

    The carjacking videos, mean-spirited reality shows, and BET are cool, but tag and dodge ball may render kids socially delinquent.


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