Long Island School to Students: Stop Playing With Your Balls

A school in Port Washington, NY has banned sports and other recreational activities during recess due to too many injuries.

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A Long Island middle school has banned the following things, in no particular order: footballs, baseballs, games of tag , cartwheels, and, you know, basically any fun of any kind.

The powers that be at Weber Middle School in Port Washington, NY, simply decided that too many students were getting hurt during recess, CBS New York reports. The answer? Just outlaw anything that could be remotely harmful. (To be fair, cartwheels and tag are still permitted as long as students are supervised by a coach, but all balls are straight-up banned.)

Port Washington schools Supt. Kathleen Maloney said that the new policy was necessary given the recent spate of injuries on school grounds. “Some of these injuries can unintentionally become very serious, so we want to make sure our children have fun, but are also protected,” Maloney told CBS.

Now students will have to play with Nerf balls when they want to have a catch. But Nerf balls can be really dangerous too!

To be safe, maybe everyone should just stay inside and color.

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9 comments
bgraves0575
bgraves0575

no football should not be banned i am a football person all day every day and  people have differnt opinions so no

amazedmom
amazedmom

I would have expected a less-Saturday Night Live, more-real news headline from anything associated with Time. I would also have expected some real research. Do they teach real journalism at Northwestern?

LIMom
LIMom

What shoddy reporting! I live in Port Washington and can assure you that my son and his friends regularly played with hard ballad during recess and will do so again--JUST AS SOON AS THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT THAT CLOSED OFF A LARGE PORTION OF THE RECESS AREA IS FINISHED! By the way, even during the closure, hard balls are used during gym class. this is a total non-story

AlabasterHanz
AlabasterHanz

Classy headline. 

 Going for the Beavis & Butthead demographic?

nickarcham
nickarcham

This is just about the dumbest thing ive ever heard. 

Whats next banning kids from leaving their home? How else are kids suppose to learn? 

Jean-PaulLadue
Jean-PaulLadue

And nobody cared that we got hurt with balls during the 70's and 80's because.........?

ddavel544
ddavel544

"Stop Playing With Your Balls..."....Makes me wonder how much dope the Time  News Feed  writers are smoking. Well hey, it is a liberal rag anyhow, so I should expect it.

StMichael
StMichael

Kids are kids.  They fall down and bounce back.  If you take away whatever gets the kids to move around and exert their energy, you may as well call yourself Adolf!

LIMom
LIMom

Oops--that should have been "balls," not "ballad." Stupid auto-correct.