July 16, 2013

Hugs, Sports, and Touch Banned Part 1



Life evolved….through chemicals touching one another and forming liaisons…Although we tend to ignore touch, it’s not only basic to our species, but the key to it…* 

I recall playing tag, dodge ball, and other sports while attending Whipple Elementary School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—712,000 moons ago.

In all those moons I never considered being tagged or hit by the ball as being assaulted. However, because I was always last chosen for teams, my ego became somewhat bruised. I learned, though, that sports were not my interest, and I could be chosen among the top as I increased in expertise in other areas.

 In today’s world some schools ban these sports because students might be physically or emotionally harmed. And the school could be sued for assault.

  • Officials at an elementary school in Attleboro, Massachusetts, south of Boston, banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they’ll get hurt and hold the school liable…Recess is a time when accidents can happen…(the community) took aim at dodge ball a few years ago, saying it was exclusionary and dangerous. Modified versions now include softer balls and ways for children to re-enter the action.
  • A Windham, New Hampshire, school board also removed dodgeball and other “target” games from the mandatory gym class curriculum because it allegedly encourages bullying and allows for picking on the weaker kids.

 Thus far, banning activities for youth in schools is done to prevent students from being hurt either physically or emotionally and to prevent bullying.

I wonder why the schools are not as concerned about student dress codes. I see students dressed in clothes with such low-cut necklines they leave nothing to the imagination. I see students bend over and their low-cut pants reveal their butt-cracks and/or their underwear. I see students attending school wearing only flimsy flip-flops for foot-covering.

Are these situations just as dangerous as contact sports, setting students up for assault and accidents?

Watch for Part 2 of this post to be published July 11.



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  1. […] Hugs, Sports, and Touch Banned Part 1 […]

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