Colo. school bans tag on its playground


hermanntrude
#1
Thu Aug 30, 7:44 AM ET COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An elementary school has banned tag on its playground after some children complained they were harassed or chased against their will.

"It causes a lot of conflict on the playground," said Cindy Fesgen, assistant principal of the Discovery Canyon Campus school.


Running games are still allowed as long as students don't chase each other, she said.
Fesgen said two parents complained to her about the ban but most parents and children didn't object.


In 2005, two elementary schools in the nearby Falcon School District did away with tag and similar games in favor of alternatives with less physical contact. School officials said the move encouraged more students to play games and helped reduce playground squabbles.
 
Twila
#2
I'm thinking that Dodge/murder ball is DEFINATELY out.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#3
Wonder how long any of today's whiney kids would last if they went back to some of my school daze? Dodge ball ... Oh yeah!

Wolf
 
hermanntrude
#4
I'm sure kids will whine about any game. I'm sure the very same staff have had complaints about kids cheating at hopscotch, or drawing their fortune-tellers wrongly....

get the hell over it, say I. scraped knees and broken teeth are part of playground life.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#5
Kirkfield P.S. you were a wuss if your mom bought the playground insurance pack.

Wolf
 
hermanntrude
#6
playground insurance??
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#7
Ahh!... One of the tough ones! It was accident insurance that sort of laid out a graphic formula for payout for various schoolyard injuries ie: thumb above the first joint: x amount, below: x+y, one tooth: a amount.... all unlikely scenarios that we, as kids, soon figured there wasn't enough return for the amount of pain we'd have to suffer (and there was no payout for the black eye or fat lip you got if someone figured out your Mom caved in and got the insurance)

Wolf
 
hermanntrude
#8
i never heard of such a thing. Maybe they have it but don't say much about it. Probably wise not to go telling the kids that their fingers are worth money
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#9
Canadian Casualty Insurance.... Can't even find a listing on Google now. Good thing OMSIP came about - now OHIP. Kids today....

Wolf
 
Unforgiven
#10
Where did all these fat kids come from?
 
Ten Packs
#11
The Inmates are running the Asylum....
 
karrie
No Party Affiliation
#12
Why not paint a 'tag field'?

If you're in the tag field, shut it with the whining and play.

If you're not, then you don't need to worry about being tagged.

Simple.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#13
Likely scenario: The schoolyard sniveller will happen into that "tag" area and the inevitable will happen. Then Mommy and Daddy will dance off to litigation land with dreams of fat settlements (which of course the lawyer will get a lion's share of) The Board will have to pay out of funds that would be better spent on students to survive the Courts. Whatever happened to the days when you could just ignore the playground prince(ss) without traumatizing it?

Wolf
 
wallyj
#14
The next action will be to outlaw "hide and seek" in the winter months because the "visible minority" children are so much more visible in the snow. Of course,everyone will have to put on extra clothing until they are the same size as the largest child.We are raising a generation of suckholes that will never be able to handle reality once they leave mommy's teat.
 
Unforgiven
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

Likely scenario: The schoolyard sniveller will happen into that "tag" area and the inevitable will happen. Then Mommy and Daddy will dance off to litigation land with dreams of fat settlements (which of course the lawyer will get a lion's share of) The Board will have to pay out of funds that would be better spent on students to survive the Courts. Whatever happened to the days when you could just ignore the playground prince(ss) without traumatizing it?

Wolf

Or alternativly, the bully gets the idea to punch someone in the head and then yell "You're it". Or even more fun, running full speed into someone who has their back them and isn't expecting some half wit to attempt to break their neck.

Imagine what telling someone "No, don't be an idiot" might do to their ego.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by Unforgiven View Post

Or alternativly, the bully gets the idea to punch someone in the head and then yell "You're it". Or even more fun, running full speed into someone who has their back them and isn't expecting some half wit to attempt to break their neck.

Imagine what telling someone "No, don't be an idiot" might do to their ego.

Even ruled, gagged and stuffed there's going to be at least one in every crowd....

Wolf
 
Coddfish
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrude View Post

Thu Aug 30, 7:44 AM ET COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An elementary school has banned tag on its playground after some children complained they were harassed or chased against their will.

"It causes a lot of conflict on the playground," said Cindy Fesgen, assistant principal of the Discovery Canyon Campus school.


Running games are still allowed as long as students don't chase each other, she said.
Fesgen said two parents complained to her about the ban but most parents and children didn't object.


In 2005, two elementary schools in the nearby Falcon School District did away with tag and similar games in favor of alternatives with less physical contact. School officials said the move encouraged more students to play games and helped reduce playground squabbles.

Wow. You know, this reminds me of a time when a class of mine had to play Dodge ball together. At the time, I hated that game with a passion. This was also the time when I was a really big wimp. But, you know what, I didn't complain. If I didn't want to play it, I could always sit out and watch. And then, after sitting out for so long, I finally decided to get out there and play. And you know what, I finally loved the game for the fun of it!

But anyway, bottom line, they shouldn't have banned the game. If the kids complain about it, just simply tell them to play a different game. That's all you can do!
 
hermanntrude
#18
so if we all think like this, why is it that schools always seem to have a different way of dealing with these issues?
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#19
We're not the ones who have to please everybody....

Wolf
 
Unforgiven
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

Even ruled, gagged and stuffed there's going to be at least one in every crowd....

Wolf

Boiling it down to the lowest common denominator leaves a nation of idiots.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by Unforgiven View Post

Boiling it down to the lowest common denominator leaves a nation of idiots.

...and NOT boiling it down to the lowest common denominator invites litigation. I went to "Duke-it-out" P.S. There, the lowest denominator played skipping if soccer was too rough.

Wolf
 
Curiosity
#22
I think it's primary cause isn't touchy feely or caring but fear of lawsuits that school boards have become the Mother Teresas of the playground games.
 
Unforgiven
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

...and NOT boiling it down to the lowest common denominator invites litigation. I went to "Duke-it-out" P.S. There, the lowest denominator played skipping if soccer was too rough.

Wolf

Could have litigation could have kids moving from room to room with guns making a statement, duking it out a little more rough than the duke it out gang. Sure there will be litigation, that isn't lost, but why let personal responsibility slide that far?
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#24
When a teacher has to fear investigation because her kiss to fix a skinned knee is interpreted as something sexual, or a six-year-old kid gets expelled because a "you're-my-friend" hug is a bad thing to do, it's time to look into our own little worlds and ask: "How did we ever get so jaded?" Too many lawyers. Too much money.

Wolf
 
Twila
#25
I worked with a woman who's son's school had removed the play equipment because of lawsuits and sky rocketing insurance...this left all the kids to suffer for the greed of the parents.

The world is becoming very much like this school field. It will be barren, desolet, devoid of life and fun because of some greedy people.
 
Unforgiven
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

When a teacher has to fear investigation because her kiss to fix a skinned knee is interpreted as something sexual, or a six-year-old kid gets expelled because a "you're-my-friend" hug is a bad thing to do, it's time to look into our own little worlds and ask: "How did we ever get so jaded?" Too many lawyers. Too much money.

Wolf

That is why private schools are on the rise and doing so well. Granted the US is the worst place for litigation, but we use the same thing in Canada to push for the bottom.

If the right wingnuts would just let go the bible in the classroom idea, there might be a chance that yet another idea can slip into the slot and they can have some voice to balance the looney leftwing that now own public schools in Ontario at least but the ROC and perhaps even the US as well.

Til then I guess we will have to go without tag or anyone to give Johnny the bully a slap in the head when he's out of line.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by Unforgiven View Post

That is why private schools are on the rise and doing so well. Granted the US is the worst place for litigation, but we use the same thing in Canada to push for the bottom.

If the right wingnuts would just let go the bible in the classroom idea, there might be a chance that yet another idea can slip into the slot and they can have some voice to balance the looney leftwing that now own public schools in Ontario at least but the ROC and perhaps even the US as well.

Til then I guess we will have to go without tag or anyone to give Johnny the bully a slap in the head when he's out of line.

Sorry to disagree (we-ee-ll maybe not) but I believe separate schools (public vs private/religious) only serve to further widen a gap between rich and poor and between religious affiliation that sooner or later is going to be the real cause of violence in North America. We have gone far too deep into this politically correct nightmare and forgot the basic animal in all people.

Wolf
 
EagleSmack
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

Wonder how long any of today's whiney kids would last if they went back to some of my school daze? Dodge ball ... Oh yeah!

Wolf

Dodgeball had to be one of the funnest games we played on the school yard.
 
Just the Facts
Free Thinker
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

Dodgeball had to be one of the funnest games we played on the school yard.

My favourite was piggy-back fights. Did you guys have those?
 
EagleSmack
#30
Hmmm... piggy back fights... I remember doing that in the pool for sure.
 

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