We’re used to hearing about schools banning all sorts of things. Sometimes, like with nuts, it makes sense. Other times, like with “best friends”, it doesn’t.
The latest outcry is over an entire school district in the US banning kids from playing tag. Yep, that game where you run around and try to catch other kids and yell out, “You’re it!”
So why the ban on tag? Well, according to the Mercer Island School District in Washington, it was to “ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students”.
“While at play, especially during recess and unstructured time, students are expected to keep their hands to themselves,” communications director Mary Grady said.
Now I am one of the most overprotective parents around. I am the sort of parent who, if my kids fall asleep on the couch, will put cushions down on the floor in case they roll off. But I play tag with my kids and their friends all the time. I would be horrified if someone tried to stop my kids from playing tag at school.
I mean, we’re not talking kiss chasey here. We’re talking plain, simple tag. Yes, kids do put their hands on each other. That is part of the game.