This is why I agree with schools banning running.
Meet my son Philip. And meet his smashed teeth.
I was merely weeks into a new job when I received a call from his school saying Philip had fallen and landed on his face, smashing his teeth. I ran to the nearest bus stop hoping it wasn't as bad as it sounded.
The damage was extensive.
He'd smashed three of his front, adult teeth. To make matters worse, Philip's teeth had been almost perfect.
This is why I can understand the actions of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic primary school in Earlwood, Sydney.
The school has banned children from running in the front quad in the morning and evening drop-off and pick-up periods. Principal Maria Ross said it's part of the school's duty of care. While the school has restrictions on where and when their student's can run, she reminded angry parents that the school has a massive grass playground where they can run to their heart's content during recess and lunch.
She said, "Running goes on every lunchtime and playtime. But when children arrive in the morning there is a different process."
It's because of the groups of parents and students who congregate at the small front area of the school that there has been safety concern and there have been several occasions that students have knocked other students over while running and playing.