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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

It’s Official

posted by on October 18 at 9:23 AM

This is a moment sociologists, legal scholars, and historians will analyze for millennia to come, the moment when America turned a corner, the moment when the fear of skinned knees and hurt feelings outweighed the pleasures of fun, the moment when American elementary schools began to ban tag.

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Damn those liberal trial lawyers. BAN THEM ALL TO HELL

Posted by Kneejerk Reaction | October 18, 2006 9:33 AM

And it's not just tag. I hear dodge ball & prison ball have also been banned at some schools.

Next: wet willies, nuggies, purple nurples and wedgies are added to the forbidden list.

Posted by COMTE | October 18, 2006 9:47 AM

It's time to just say no to silly Bushie ideas like this.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 18, 2006 9:54 AM

What about Smear the Queer? I loved that game so much when I was a child, and not just because I was always smeared by the other boys . . .

Posted by Queer | October 18, 2006 9:55 AM

This is a generation that will grow up to be fragile as glass. They're children, should they ever get over the fear of sex, will break them.

Posted by Gitai | October 18, 2006 10:04 AM

And spokane banned it back in February. So I guess the corner was turned then, in our own backyard. Great ear for the news, guys =)

Posted by John | October 18, 2006 10:09 AM

Tag is a great game! Even if you suck somebody will let you tag them, just because they want to run around and tag someone else.

Dodgeball is completely moronic.

Posted by chris | October 18, 2006 10:15 AM

I have no problem with banning dodgeball. It's a hell of a lot more dangerous than tag and a popular, and completely legit, way for bullies to torment their victims. Banning tag is idiotic. Kids play. Sometimes they get hurt. C'est la vie.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 18, 2006 10:19 AM

When tag is outlawed...
Only outlaws will play tag.

I think we should ban the rampant lack of responsibility that permits people to sue the pants off someone for the least perceived insult or injury.
But then, how do you do that?

Posted by treacle | October 18, 2006 10:29 AM

Another Willett parent, Celeste D'Elia, said her son feels safer because of the rule. "I've witnessed enough near collisions," she said.

Hahahahaha! Wow, I didn't know tag was so violent. Don't forget to dress your children in bubble wrap before they leave the house.

"I think that it's unfortunate that kids' lives are micromanaged and there are social skills they'll never develop on their own,"

Hmm, well hopefully some good parenting can supplement the education system's lack. But it's still problematic that the socialization and skills taught through juveline activities are constantly being cut back. Perhaps it's an early conditioning to one's loss of civil liberties, privacy, and freedom of choice.

Posted by Nay | October 18, 2006 10:59 AM

Recent scientific studies show that more unstructured play time improves the educational learning of children, and that attempts to force children into tiny regulated boxes basically make them stupid.

Banning tag may sound good, but it is a very very bad idea.

Good thing the Nintendo Wii will have them getting at least a little exercise in their virtual prison society we're keeping them in ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 18, 2006 11:23 AM

We're raising a generation of pussies.

Posted by Gomez | October 18, 2006 12:09 PM

Recess is the Devil's playground! Those kids should be inside praying and reciting the national anthem!

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 18, 2006 12:22 PM

I wonder if freeze tag is still ok, or if that is a little to tag-like for those principals?

Posted by Teacher, leave those kids alone | October 18, 2006 12:29 PM

"We're raising a generation of pussies."

Sedentary pussies, to be exact. Tag isn't a contact sport, that's why it's called TAG and not TACKLE.

Posted by Dougsf | October 18, 2006 12:30 PM

Uh, Tag IS a contact sport. You have to contact someone to make them "it". But "near collisions"?? That's just part of life, lady. People bump into other people. They trip and fall. It's just a matter of time before they end recess altogether.

Posted by him | October 18, 2006 1:13 PM

Well, I mean we're raising a kid in an environment so weak that even TAG is considered too 'roughneck' by the kid's superiors.

Posted by Gomez | October 18, 2006 2:22 PM

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