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    Swing sets too dangerous for schools

    RICHLAND, Wash. - Swing sets are being removed from the playgrounds at all Richland elementary schools because they're just too dangerous, school officials say.

    The district says it's under pressure from insurance companies over the liability for injuries.

    The school district's Steve Aagard tells KEPR News the swings are being removed when schools are renovated or there's other work on playground equipment.

    "It's just really a safety issue," he said. "Swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the playground equipment."

    Each year, about 200,000 children go to the emergency room for injuries that happened on a playground, and most injuries come from children walking in front or behind a moving swing.

    Muge Kaineoz's daughter will be starting school next year in Richland. She's in favor of the decision to remove swings.

    "When she starts elementary school, those swings can get crazy," she says, adding that she once witnessed a toddler walk right in front of a moving swing.

    "By the time you could do something about it she was knocked out," said Kaineoz.

    Other parents see swings as a regular part of being a kid - danger or not.

    "They were our great joy, and we all played on them. I truly can't remember anyone being hurt," says Richland resident Gail Thorricellas.
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    Our goal in elementary school was to swing high as possible & jump out. Whoever jumped the farthest won. Oddly enough I don't recall any injuries except for the kid who tried jumping out backwards. He ended up with his bell rung. He also drank after shave once for the alcohol content. Funny thing about it is his last name was Sharp. Talk about irony.
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    This has always been a real back and forth issue.

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    Yet another attempt at pussifying kids today. Over-sensitive liberal wankers trying to feel important.
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    I don't know, this may be a good idea. When I bring my 7 year old to school I am amazed at just how stupid some of the kids there are. I can see quite a few of them walking in front of a swing, or a truck for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    I don't know, this may be a good idea. When I bring my 7 year old to school I am amazed at just how stupid some of the kids there are. I can see quite a few of them walking in front of a swing, or a truck for that matter.
    Kids can be stupid. But that's also how you learn. How many times do you think a kid gets knocked to his ass by a kid on the back swing of his swinging? Only once. Lesson learned. It's probably happened to every one of us when we were little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    How many times do you think a kid gets knocked to his ass by a kid on the back swing of his swinging?

    The same number of time he sticks a butter knife into an electrical outlet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    Yet another attempt at pussifying kids today. Over-sensitive liberal wankers trying to feel important.
    nothing to do with "over-sensitive liberal wankers" - lots to do with people being too quick to sue over anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    Kids can be stupid. But that's also how you learn. How many times do you think a kid gets knocked to his ass by a kid on the back swing of his swinging? Only once. Lesson learned. It's probably happened to every one of us when we were little.
    i wasn't that dumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    nothing to do with "over-sensitive liberal wankers" - lots to do with people being too quick to sue over anything.
    This.

    Schools can't really afford to be shelling out cash because a kid falls off the swing and their greedy asshole parents decide to sue.


    It's the over sensitive pussy parents that are ruining everything for kids. Every time their precious little angel gets in trouble or gets a boo boo on their knee, they're calling a lawyer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenpaw View Post
    This.


    It's the over sensitive pussy parents that are ruining everything for kids. Every time their precious little angel gets in trouble or gets a boo boo on their knee, they're calling a lawyer
    yup - and despite people trying to make this a left/right thing, it's not. There's douchebags on both sides of the political spectrum. #newsflash

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    i wasn't that dumb.
    Impressive. Even at 5 or 6 years old you don't think you were ever caught off guard not paying attention? You must have been Super Kid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    Impressive. Even at 5 or 6 years old you don't think you were ever caught off guard not paying attention? You must have been Super Kid.
    i had an older brother who beat my ass. I was well trained by 6 to avoid danger.

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    I feel bad for kids now.
    Michael Caine on Jaws: The Revenge:

    "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built and it is terrific."

    Samuel Johnson 1775 : “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”

    "McDonalds is The Antichrist" - Bill Hicks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSH6ofHbeUw

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknblues81 View Post
    I feel bad for kids now.
    no reason to. Kids from good families have it better than they have ever had it.

 

 

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