PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. - Worries about injuries at a Long Island school have led to a surprising ban.
Weber Middle School in Port Washington, N.Y., has decided to ban most balls during recess and also require supervision of tag, even cartwheels, due to safety concerns.
Students were just informed that during recess, football is out and Nerf ball is in. Hard soccer balls have been banned along with baseballs and lacrosse balls.
Even rough games of tag or cartwheels aren't allowed unless supervised by a coach.
"Cartwheels and tag. I think it's ridiculous they are banning that," said one student.
"You go for recess, that's your free time to go let loose and recharge," said another student.
The superintendent says the change of policy is due to a rash of playground injuries.
"Some of these injuries can unintentionally become very serious, so we want to make sure our children have fun, but are also protected," said Port Washington Schools Superintendent Kathleen Maloney.
Some parents say it's really about liability and lawsuits.
"Children's safety is paramount, but at the same time, you have to let them live life," said Ellen Cohen, a Port Washington parent.
Several districts from outside Long Island are already contacting Nassau educators about the policy.
Courtesy: WCBS, CNN News Source
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