Syracuse (WSYR-TV/CNN) – Concerns about injuries at a Long Island school have led to a surprising ban.
Students at Weber Middle School in Port Washington have been informed that many ball games traditionally associated with recess – including football, soccer, baseball, and lacrosse – have been banned.
Balls and other “hard” objects are being replaced with nerf substitutes.
The school has also banned activities it characterizes as rough, including tag or cartwheels that are unsupervised by a coach.
Some parents are taking exception to the new bans.
The superintendent says the ban is being introduced because of 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,” said Port Washington Schools Superintendent Kathleen Maloney.
The district says that without protective gear such as helmets or pads, the children are more susceptible to injury.
Some parents, however, say the district is more concerned about liability or lawsuits.
"Children's safety is paramount, but at the same time, you have to let them live life,” said Ellen Cohen.
Several districts from outside Long Island are already contacting the Nassau educators regarding the ban.