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Letter: Schools shouldn't ban game over a few bruises

Published October 15, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Many schools are banning their students from playing tag and other chase games at recess. They say it is becoming dangerous, and more kids are getting hurt while participating in this timeless game.

I can understand the banning of full-contact sports at recess, say football, but tag? Seriously? You think your kid is going to sustain anything more than a skinned knee at recess because of tag?

I find it hard to believe that parents would want to remove their child from a social situation where he or she can make friends, get exercise, laugh and play with others because of "increasing danger." Shouldn't they be worried about more important things, like their kid not getting involved?

Furthermore, the obesity epidemic is nothing new to American children, so having your child get exercise should be a good thing. American educators need to get a grip, realize that tag is helping their students socially and physically, and stop worrying about the small bump or bruise that may develop because children decided to have some fun. And don't act like you didn't play tag when you were a kid, either.

Will Ryan

Salt Lake City