Saturday, December 24, 2011

Toronto School Bans Balls

Students at Earl Beatty Public School in Toronto aren’t allowed to play with balls in their school playground any more.
The school has banned balls – including soccer balls, footballs, baseballs and tennis balls – from its playground.
Kids can only play with soft, foam balls such as Nerf balls.
The ban was put in place after a parent was hit in the head with a soccer ball and suffered a concussion.
The school’s principal, Alicia Fernandez, said kids were often getting hurt by balls in the playground. She said they were sometimes scared. She also pointed out that the school has a very small outdoor play area.
Some parents say the ban is an overreaction. One parent told CBC news that he was “disgusted” by the ban because it goes too far.
Some parents said that there are many things that can cause an injury, and it’s not possible to protect kids from absolutely everything that could hurt them.
A spokesperson for the Toronto District School Board said the school will have a discussion with parents, and perhaps another solution will be found.


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