Children have played tag for centuries, writes Lenore Skenazy on Reason‘s Hit & Run. It’s never been considered a dangerous game.
Tag — and other games in which children do not “keep their hands to themselves” — have been banned by the Mercer Island School District near Seattle. The ban will protect the “physical and emotional safety” of students, wrote Mary Grady, the district’s communications director, in an email note to Q13Fox TV.
I guess holding hands for Ring Around the Rosy also is verboten under the touching-is-dangerous rule.
Children have been playing tag since the time of Breugel — and possibly since the dawn of time — Skenazy writes. But today’s kids are too fragile?
Melissa Neher, the mother of two schoolchildren, started a Facebook campaign to alert parents to the ban.
“Kids should be free to have spontaneous play on the playground at recess,” she told Fox TV. “I played tag” as a child. “I survived.”
Another mother brags she survived Red Rover. That was one of my favorites.