Teachers at a school in England reprimanded two seven-year-old boys for making gun shapes with their fingers, reports the Telegraph. A teacher accused the boys of threatening behavior. Parents said they were pretending to be soldiers.
Government inspectors rated the primary school as “good” last year, but said children should have greater freedom to play.
As in the U.S., British schools are limiting children’s play in the name of safety.
Earlier this year, a Liverpool school banned youngsters from playing football with anything other than sponge balls amid fears youngsters might get hurt.
Research last month also found that one in six British schools had banned conkers over concerns of pupils being hit in the face.
We used to play Pony Express and Indians with real bows and arrows (made of garden stakes) and water pistols. It was one of the few times in history when it was better to be an Indian. We could have put someone’s eye out, but didn’t.