Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs
Toronto schools have banned snowball fights. Too violent.
Snowball fights r the bomb who ever band them is a weird horrible person.
This is non-news. I grew up in Canada in the late 1960s, and even then snowball fights were banned on school property. Off the property, fine, but on school grounds nobody wanted to deal with calling parents to inform them their child had been injured after being hit by a snowball with a rock or a piece of ice in it.
I grew up in the Northeast US (lots of snow) Snowball fights were (for the most part) banned on school grounds for the same reasons as FC sites… (of course, violators were talked-to, NOT jailed!)
I grew up in the 70’s & 80’s, and they weren’t banned then. But they are banned at my kid’s school.
Having fights in the schoolyard, including banging your opponent’s head on the concrete if you won, was banned when I was in grade school, way back in the Dark Ages.
We did it anyway.
Hell, we weren’t even teenagers. What did we care if somebody banned it.
I’m in favor of banning snowball fights at school, mostly because kids don’t have the good sense to make the snowballs exclusively out of snow. I’ve seen friendly playground snowball fights turn ugly when kids trying to up the ante put rocks or ice in the balls. Sometimes this also happens by accident, since rocks and ice are often found in the piles of shoveled snow by the sides of walkways. It’s too hard to enforce rules like “no rocks or ice in the snowballs”.
…schools encouraged students to engage in kinder, gentler activities, such as building snow forts or riding sleds.
Umm, I always thought the snow forts were part of the snowball fights.
I think the Toronto schools need to address the root cause of snowball fights: they should ban snow, at least on school grounds.
I can see a school banning snowball throwing for safety reasons, but the article Joanne linked to said that it was violent.
When I was a lad, my school banned tackle football at recess out of safety concerns. But no one called football violent. (I grew up in Los Angeles, so banning snowball throwing would have been a bit useless.)
I find it interesting that children are being encouraged to do gentler things, like build snow forts, instead.
I grew up in Ottawa, which is buried in snow from November to March. Every single year, we kids were reminded to never, ever, EVER build snow forts, which can collapse and suffocate children inside.
I was in elementary school in the 70’s and snowball throwing was not allowed. We had nice heavy wet snow (Muskegon, Michigan… nice lake effect snow), it made great snowballs, snowmen, and snowforts — all of which we did off school grounds!
A few weeks ago, in Utah, some kids were building a snowman, and it fell on them. According to the news, one kid had to be dug out, and was taken to the hospital (he had no serious injuries). When this was broadcast on the news, my kid’s school banned the making of snowmen.
My son complains that all they can do is make snow angels. That gets old fast.
I live in Ottawa, there is no snow on the ground, although it is -31 celcius today. Only snowforts that are dug as a hole in a snowbank are truly dangerous. My kid’s school gives them cut out organge juice cartons which they use to make bricks and build all kinds of neat snow forts (from which they are not allowed to throw snow balls). Last winter they went on an over night camping trip where they built and slept in a snowfort.
That sounds more like igloos. When I was in school (Medicine Hat, Alberta), snow forts were just walls of snow, usually built by shoving snow into a bank-like formation.
We weren’t that creative. It was war, and you could only build so much during recess.
You could put somebody’s eye out!
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