Watching your kids bound across the field is practically a play-hour ritual, but this Australian policy is now nipping the tradition in the bud. The country is cracking down on its "playground activity" in schools, deeming handstands and cartwheels “too dangerous” for pupils.
Parents at Bunbury Primary School were left baffled upon hearing the new policy that their kids were no longer allowed to engage in the long-performed acrobatic during playtime.
“My granddaughter told me last night going home, and I think it’s absolutely ludicrous,” one parent said to Seven News.
Another added: “I don’t know where it has come from, but that’s what they do and they’ve been doing it for years. I don’t know what the problem is with it.”
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The school has defended the ban by revealing that at least two students each day were reporting to the office with wrist injuries.
“This is not about stopping kids from taking risks and having fun--but attempting things like flips or handstands on bitumen and sloping grassed areas without learning how to do it properly is never a good idea,” Principal Shane Dougherty told the network.
“We’d like to see kids out and being active, we know that kids who aren’t active actually get injured more,” said Kidsafe CEO Scott Phillips.
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While the ban at this stage is only temporary, it’s actually not the first time it’s occurred. A New South Wales school enforced the same rules in 2012, and a Queensland school followed suit in 2014. Looks like Australia has a pattern, and it appears many tots won’t be too happy about it.
While most of us can't imagine such a strict rule in the states, the school does make an important argument that the condition is keeping students safe. What do you think: reasonable or just downright ridiculous?
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