After several “serious incidents” where people were “almost struck” by flying balls, and one person was tragically bonked on the head, a Toronto elementary school has cracked down. In the name of safety, children are no longer allowed to bring soccer balls, tennis balls or footballs to school. The only authorized playing spheres that will be tolerated are those made out of non-expanding recreational foam. Better known as nerf.
The decision, announced on Monday, is in response to a series of near-misses by airborne balls, and an incident where a parent on school property took a soccer ball to the head and reportedly sustained a concussion. Apparently the school’s brain trust (no pun intended) sat down with the parent council and thought really hard about how to prevent this from happening again. Eureka!, you can almost hear them shouting, as they reached the only logical conclusion: Balls can be dangerous. Ban balls! Except for nerf balls, of course. Those could never hurt anyone.
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