Toronto School Bans Balls and Fun in One Fell Swoop

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A soccer ball to one kid's head means a whole school is now ball-less

I could understand a school banning dodgeball because it can be a rather violent game. But banning actual balls? That takes, well, another kind of balls.

A Toronto school is banning its students from playing with soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs and tennis balls (yes, tennis balls — those ones with the yellow/green fuzz), according to Mommyish. Why? Because of the “extreme danger” that hard balls present.

“Any balls brought will be confiscated and may be retrieved by parents from the office,” said a letter issued by Earl Beatty Jr. and Sr. Public School in Toronto. “The only kind of ball allowed will be Nerf balls or sponge balls.”

Fun, right? Not.

The move was brought about after a parent whined that a student was hit in the head by a soccer ball (never mind that heads are one of the few body parents legally allowed to actually touch a soccer ball in the sport).

Now what’s going to happen when parents start complaining that the school is complicit in the childhood obesity epidemic because they’re not allowing kids to be active enough during daylight hours?

Sounds like recess and P.E. class will be real thigh slappers at this school. That is, until that’s banned, too.

How would you feel if your kid’s school banned balls?


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