N.Y. middle school bans sporting balls, cartwheels to prevent students from getting hurt at recess

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert PoliticsOctober 8, 2013

A New York middle school has instituted some pretty drastic measures to make sure its students don’t get injured on the playground.

Officials at Weber Middle School in Port Washington recently banned the use of footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls or anything similar that may hurt someone,according to CBS New York. Same goes for rough games of tag and cartwheels unless supervised by a coach.

Students are, however, allowed to play with Nerf balls.

Shockingly, Weber Middle School students aren’t thrilled with the new rules.

“I think we need the soccer balls, the footballs and everything, so we can have some fun,” one student told CBS New York. 

“Cartwheels and tag — I think it’s ridiculous they are banning that,” another student added.

According to Port Washington school district superintendent Kathleen Maloney, the new rules were necessary because of a recent increase in 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,” she told CBS New York. 

Weber Middle School Assistant Principal Matthew Swinson echoed that sentiment, telling the local Patch“What we’ve noticed is that we’ve had a lot of kids in the nurse’s office because of being inadvertently hit.”

“We know kids are going to get injured … but we have a responsibility to lessen injuries,” he added.

To many parents, however, the changes are just about protecting themselves from liability and lawsuits.

“Children’s safety is paramount, but at the same time, you have to let them live life,” Port Washington parent Ellen Cohen told CBS New York. 

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