Banning the game of "tag"

  • 16 March 2017
  • NormanL
Banning the game of "tag"

There are times when we are forced to wonder whether some public schools should simply be run out of business, owing to their seeming lack of common sense. The latest candidate for condemnation: a public school in California that has banned the game of "tag" -- and other school yard contact sports:

Gold Ridge Elementary School will no longer allow kids to play the age-old game of “tag” due to fears of injury and occasional altercations. “Students were instructed that physical contact including tag games, touch football, etc. were not allowed on the yard,” Principal David Frankel wrote to parents in a March 10 letter.

“I don’t personally agree with it,” said parent Sam Hammer, a local CBS affiliate reported Monday. “It’s something we all did as kids and I [have] never seen any harm come from it.”
Fourth grader Mallory Giddens told the station that Mr. Hammer instituted the rule because some students “touch too hard.”

“In this case, kids were getting too rough … so the school told them to stop playing those games,” Folsom Cordova Unified School District and Spokesperson Daniel Thigpen told the station. “It’s not uncommon for a school to enact specific recess rules to address specific behavior problems.”

This is not a new phenomenon, as other schools in other states have long been banning tag -- all in the name of "safety."

On the upside, we at least have a working theory on where, how, and why highly stressed, perpetually offended, collegiate social justice warriors are made.