Tag is banned at recess at some elementary schools because it’s too dangerous, reports USA Today. The bellis tolling for “contact” sports such as soccer and touch football. According to Donna Thompson of the National Program for Playground Safety, educators worry about “kids running into one another” and getting hurt.
In January, Freedom Elementary School in Cheyenne prohibited tag at recess because it “progresses easily into slapping and hitting and pushing instead of just touching,” Principal Cindy Farwell says.
Contact sports were banned from recess at Charles Pinckney Elementary early this year, says Charleston County schools spokeswoman Mary Girault, because children suffered broken arms and dislocated fingers playing touch football and soccer.
What’s forbidden at recess may be authorized in gym class, when kids can be supervised by adults. The real taboo is unsupervised play.