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    Default Long Island Middle School Bans Footballs, Other Recreational Items

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    PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Worries about injuries at a Long Island school have led to a surprising ban.

    As CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Monday, officials at Weber Middle School in Port Washington are worried that students are getting hurt during recess. Thus, they have instituted a ban on footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, or anything that might hurt someone on school grounds.

    Tossing a football during recess has long seemed to be a rite of passage for kids in the school community.

    “I think we need the soccer balls, the footballs and everything, so we can have some fun,” one student said.

    But the students will have no such option anymore. They were just informed that during recess, football is out and Nerf ball is in. Hard soccer balls have been banned, along with baseballs and lacrosse balls, rough games of tag, or cartwheels unless supervised by a coach.

    Students were not thrilled about the news.

    “Cartwheels and tag — I think it’s ridiculous they are banning that,” one said.

    “You go for recess — that’s your free time to go let loose and recharge,” another said.

    “That’s all we want to do,” a third student said. “We’re in school all day sitting behind the desk learning.”

    But Port Washington schools Supt. Kathleen Maloney said the change in policy is warranted due to a rash of playground injuries.

    “Some of these injuries can unintentionally become very serious, so we want to make sure our children have fun, but are also protected,” Maloney said.

    Without helmets and pads, children are much more susceptible to getting hurt, experts said.

    Long Island Jewish Medical Center emergency room director Dr. Salvatore Pardo said he has been seeing “head injuries, bumps, scrapes; worried about concussions.”

    But some parents said it is really about liability and lawsuits.

    “Children’s safety is paramount, but at the same time, you have to let them live life,” said Port Washington parent Ellen Cohen.

    Several districts from outside Long Island are already contacting Nassau County educators. Soon, additional schools may be jumping on the banning balls bandwagon.

    The Port Washington district said the softer foam balls put students in the best situation to cut down the chance of getting injured.
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    people will blame the school for this. But it's really about the parents who complain about the ban but are the first to line up to sue the school if their kid got hurt during recess.

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    Had to gain my composure before typing this.


    Was having severe flashbacks of the battlefield known as recess from my time in middle school.

    Praise Jebus, for letting me get through the blitzkrieg barrage of football throwing and intense soccer ball kicking.

    It made me who I am today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    Had to gain my composure before typing this.


    Was having severe flashbacks of the battlefield known as recess from my time in middle school.

    Praise Jebus, for letting me get through the blitzkrieg barrage of football throwing and intense soccer ball kicking.

    It made me who I am today.
    ;funny:




    I may as well be the first to say it one more time..........the pussification of America continues.


    And who are the wanker adults making these decisions? People roughly my age, my generation. Fucking shameful. Wish I could take a hockey stick to every one of these paranoid puss bags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    ;funny:


    I may as well be the first to say it one more time..........the pussification of America continues.

    And who are the wanker adults making these decisions? People roughly my age, my generation. Fucking shameful. Wish I could take a hockey stick to every one of these paranoid puss bags.
    you'd prefer they spend money aimed at education paying off lawsuits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post

    But some parents said it is really about liability and lawsuits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    you'd prefer they spend money aimed at education paying off lawsuits?
    How about if the parents sign a consent form for recess activity, and if little Jimmy is the only one sitting against the wall, all the other kids can taunt him and sing Nah! Nah! Jimmy's dad is an ambulance chaser!

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    you'd prefer they spend money aimed at education paying off lawsuits?
    I'd prefer these pussy parents didn't sue in the first place. Kids play, kids get hurt. It's not a new concept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    I'd prefer these pussy parents didn't sue in the first place. Kids play, kids get hurt. It's not a new concept.
    i agree with this 100%. This is the real problem. The school is just protecting themselves against these people. It's the right thing to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    How about if the parents sign a consent form for recess activity, and if little Jimmy is the only one sitting against the wall, all the other kids can taunt him and sing Nah! Nah! Jimmy's dad is an ambulance chaser!
    i'm guessing that (1) not all the parents will sign the waiver and (2) even if they do they'd end up in court anyways.

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    I remember in grammar school, grade k-6, we would bring in Chinese stars and darts, have 2 people stand on the benches on the baseball field and take turns throwing said objects at each others feet to see who was quicker. Good times.

    Now, in the same city 30 years later where my daughter goes to school they are required to stand in a 10x10 painted outline box on the pavement before the bell rings in the morning just so kids won't run around and fall and get hurt.

    My how times have changed, the pussifying of America rolls on and on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    I remember in grammar school, grade k-6, we would bring in Chinese stars and darts, have 2 people stand on the benches on the baseball field and take turns throwing said objects at each others feet to see who was quicker. Good times.

    Now, in the same city 30 years later where my daughter goes to school they are required to stand in a 10x10 painted outline box on the pavement before the bell rings in the morning just so kids won't run around and fall and get hurt.

    My how times have changed, the pussifying of America rolls on and on.
    both of those are probably pretty stupid options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    ;funny:




    I may as well be the first to say it one more time..........the pussification of America continues.


    And who are the wanker adults making these decisions? People roughly my age, my generation. Fucking shameful. Wish I could take a hockey stick to every one of these paranoid puss bags.
    I've got a few old wooden hockey sticks you can use. Just let me know if you want me to send them your way.

    My kids, especially the younger one, get scrapes and bruises all the time from playing. Good grief, this country is turning into one big pussyfied place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    I remember in grammar school, grade k-6, we would bring in Chinese stars and darts, have 2 people stand on the benches on the baseball field and take turns throwing said objects at each others feet to see who was quicker. Good times.

    Now, in the same city 30 years later where my daughter goes to school they are required to stand in a 10x10 painted outline box on the pavement before the bell rings in the morning just so kids won't run around and fall and get hurt.

    My how times have changed, the pussifying of America rolls on and on.
    Chinese stars?!

    What, couldn't sneak a couple kitchen knives in your backpack in the morning?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    Chinese stars?!

    What, couldn't sneak a couple kitchen knives in your backpack in the morning?
    Backpacks?

    Backpacks didn't exist in our day. If you had one, you were the kid that ran home crying to mommy because you hurt your hand trying to catch a fly ball. And she didn't sue the school, she called the mother of the boy that hit the ball usually.

    And they worked it out.
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