New York Middle School Bans Balls At Recess To Protect Children

By WISE Web Admin

New York Middle School Bans Balls At Recess To Protect Children

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM EDT

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (21Alive) -- Wanting to protect children from playground injuries, one middle school is banning footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls or anything else that could hurt a child on school grounds.

This policy, which started at Weber Middle School, includes rough games of tag and even cartwheels, unless supervised. The Port Washington Superintendent, Kathleen Maloney, told a local CBS station that the policy is due to a rash of playground injuries and warns that some of the injuries, while unintentional, can become very serious.

An emergency room director said he has been seeing head injuries, bumps, scapes and is worried about concussions, but parents blame the policy on liability and lawsuits.

Softer foam balls have replaced the footballs, baseballs and lacrosse balls to cut down the chance of children getting injured.

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