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The latest episode of the Nanny state run amok

The sack race and three-legged race have been banned from a school sports day because the children might fall over and hurt themselves.

Parents and campaigners described the move as "completely over the top". Teachers at John F. Kennedy Primary School in Washington dropped the events after discussions with Beamish Open Air Museum, where the Edwardian-themed sports day is being held today.

About 375 children are dressing up in period costume for the event. Running, hopping and throwing table-tennis balls into buckets will be allowed.

Laura Midgley, founder of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, said: "It's health and safety rules gone mad. I think it's completely over the top. The worst thing that could possibly happen is the children fall over."

No we can't have that. Has the 'tug of war' been eliminated also? Children must not strain their ligaments in unsafe activity.

I suggest all children only be let out of the house every day after having to put on rubber suits and body armor. We must reduce the threat of any injury, no matter how small.(Turns off sarcasm at conclusion of this post....)

Hat tip- Joanne Jacobs


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Running, hopping and throwi... (Below threshold)

Running, hopping and throwing will be allowed????

What are they crazy, just think of the potential of twisted ankles, shoulder injuries, and what about the possibility of eye injuries with all those table-tennis balls flying around. This has to be stopped!

Cripes, next they'll ban <i... (Below threshold)
rodney dill:

Cripes, next they'll ban Musical Spikes and Hide and Go Kill

Basketball and volleyball I... (Below threshold)

Basketball and volleyball Injuries are the most common cause of medical injuries returning service members to the US in deployed military settings. If its dangerous for them, imagine how dangerous it must be for kids...

Absent common sense and wit... (Below threshold)

Absent common sense and with "public interest" lawyers aplenty roaming the streets, and afternoon TV, drumming up business it's small wonder public entities do stuff like this. At first glance it looks like a Monty Python routine but given peoples willingness to be stupid and then sue someone for the outcome of their stupidity, and juries willingness to award large damages for any injury it's hard to blame the Teachers. None of them have the resources to withstand a lawsuit.

This has nothing to do with... (Below threshold)

This has nothing to do with safety or concern about injury. It is a desire for complete control and the typical leftist agenda of doing away with the evil wish to win. Parents should ignore this nonsense and hold the events themselves, while telling the powers that be who came up with this PC lunacy to go directly to ....

OK, so we won't let them <i... (Below threshold)

OK, so we won't let them play, and then we'll make a big deal about childhood obesity?

I can see allowing running.... (Below threshold)

I can see allowing running...but hopping? What are they thinking?! Why not just feed the kids to a meat grinder!

"Running, hopping and th... (Below threshold)

"Running, hopping and throwing table-tennis balls into buckets will be allowed."

I can just imagine the discussion amongst the event organizers:

Organizer #1: "Should we allow running?"

Organizer #2: "I don't know. It's possible that they could, you know, bump into each other."

Organizer #1: "Should we allow them to hop?"

Organizer #2: "I suppose we could allow it as long as they don't hop and jump at the same time."

So tag is out, dodgeball is out, competition of any kind is discouraged and now three-legged races too? What is wrong with these people that they think they have to restrict children's play to such an extreme?

These are the same people t... (Below threshold)
stan25 Author Profile Page:

These are the same people that say our kids are fat. Well no wonder that they are so fat, the nanny staters won't let the kids run off the calories and tell them that video games are just fine. Then the same people scream and holler if the game is too violent

I just got home from a visi... (Below threshold)

I just got home from a visit to Wal-Mart with a friend who was picking up things from her son's Back-to-School shopping list.

Among the items? A pair of safety scissors. You know, the kind with the rounded tips that kindergarteners use?

Her son is in 7th grade, but the school says pointy scissors pose safety problems.

If that's the case, I can only wonder what they think of staples.

Kate, pointy scissors could... (Below threshold)

Kate, pointy scissors could be used as a weapon. Zero tolerance for weapons.

If you follow the link to t... (Below threshold)

If you follow the link to the article in the TimesOnLine, you can read a comment by a parent who was _actually there_. I know this may throw cold water on your outrage, but the person who was _actually there_, said it was canceled for logictical reasons.

Just a guess, but the school group was probably told by the museum staff "We don't have a place where you can hold your races."

'logictical' reasons... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

'logictical' reasons, Rance?

Consonant confusion can cause context casualties.

Yes, DJ, it does.H... (Below threshold)

Yes, DJ, it does.

However, anyone who went to the original citation, would be edified, so not casualties would ensue.

Rance, the article also quo... (Below threshold)

Rance, the article also quoted more than one person actually involved in organizing the event who emphatically said it was due to safety reasons. That's what we're addressing.

Oyster,I see one c... (Below threshold)


I see one comment by a parent who was there, and one quote by a representative of the museum. The article doesn't say one way or another if Laura Midgley, founder of the Campaign Against Political Correctness was a parent.

The fact may be that there was no suitable area where the planned event could be held.
From the article, there is no way to tell what the facilities are like, except that the are "Open Air".
Would you think that it was wise to hold a sack race if the only area where it could be held was paved? That might be the case, it might not.
If the race area, was a reasonably safe, then I would agree that the teachers are being wusses. However, since we don't know one way or the other, I'm not going to condemn the people who were on-site.






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