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School Bans Kids From Playing With Balls At Recess – Really? [VIDEO]

A Long Island middle school has banned the use of footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, and others that could injure children at recess. Weber Middle School in Port Washington, New York has also put the kibosh on rough games of tag and cartwheels, unless closely supervised by an adult.

This ruling, which comes merely a week after a school near Grand Rapids announced its ban on tag and other games of chase, makes us wonder:  Are schools trying to suck all the fun out kids?

Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Maloney told a New York TV Station, “We want to make sure our children have fun but are also protected.”

Seriously, are schools just encouraging kids to do nothing but bury their noses in their iPods and cellphones?

CNN’s Michaela Pereira makes an excellent point in the video below (approximately 2:30) when she asks, “Isn’t it the job of adults — whether it’s parents or teachers, what have you — to teach kids how to do things appropriately?”

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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