An elementary school south of Boston has banned "tag" and other recess games involving the life threatening activity of chasing for fear they might be held responsible for any injuries.
Recess is "a time when accidents can happen," said Willett Elementary School Principal Gaylene Heppe, who approved the ban.
Hate to break this too you Gaylene, but accidents can happen any time, not just during recess. That's why they're called accidents- they're unintended and pop up out of the blue.
Unfortunately, I have a hard time laying this entirely at the feet of the school's administration. Lawsuits are quickly replacing parent-teacher conferences as mom and dad continue to shift the accountability of their kids onto the school's and teachers. And while there is an inherent responsibility that all schools share for keeping kids as safe as possible while they are under their care, they cannot and should not be liable for every bump and bruise that happens on the playground.
Banning tag isn't going to keep that school accident free any more than the advent of air-bags lowered the number of drunk drivers on the road.
It's an action that is being taken to preemptively cover the asses of the administrators and in turn will prevent kids from doing what they're best at... being kids.