Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Principal against FUN

Man, I sure am glad I was a kid back when we still had cap guns, tree climbing, backyard homerum derby and...tag?

Tag is now out during recess at Willett Elementary School in Attleboro.

So is touch football and any other unsupervised "chasing" games that are deemed to pose the risk of injury as well as liability to the school.

"It's a time when accidents can happen," said Principal Gaylene Heppe, in her second year at the helm of Willett.

Heppe included the new rule as part of a standardized set of playground rules that were not in play upon her arrival.

In doing so, she joined in a growing movement against traditional games played by young children in school gymnasiums and playgrounds. A few years ago, school administrators in the area, as well as around the country, took aim at dodgeball, saying it was an exclusionary and dangerous game. Modified versions now include softer balls and ways for children to re-enter the action.
In other news, every single high school sports program in the area is expecting significant losses in player ability in the upcoming years. No wonder Massachusetts isn't a football powerhouse.

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