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School Bans Games We All Played Because We Weren’t Fairies


Parents in Folsom unhappy tonight over a new school policy banning the game of tag on the playground. The principal at Gold Ridge Elementary School sent out a message on Friday telling parents about new changes coming to the school.

“I don’t really like it,” said Gold Ridge fourth grader Mallory Giddens. “I mean I don’t really play tag but I don’t think it’s fair to everyone else that plays tag!”

It’s an age old game and a childhood tradition played over generations. But Gold Ridge Elementary is now cracking down on students playing tag on the school playground.

“I don’t personally agree with it,” said Sam Hammer, who has two children attending Gold Ridge. “It’s something we all did as kids and I never seen any harm come from it.”

School Principal David Frankel sent out a message on Friday saying quote: “Students were instructed that physical contact including tag games, touch football, etc. were not allowed on the yard.”

“My principal, he doesn’t want us to have tag at school because people, they touch too hard,” Gibbens said. “Sometimes they push people over and my principal doesn’t want anyone getting hurt.”

CBS13 reached out to Folsom Cordova Unified School District and Spokesperson Daniel Thigpen said the note was only sent to a handful of parents after altercations and injuries within a group of students.

Thigpen also told CBS 13: “In this case, kids were getting too rough…so the school told them to stop playing those games…It’s not uncommon for a school to enact specific recess rules to address specific behavior problems.”

“I know that it’s based probably kid by kid,” said mom of four Katie Esteves.

She said she doesn’t worry about her kids playing tag but understands the principal’s efforts to cut down on fighting.

“It’s really up to him what he probably feels is best for his school,” she said. “As long as it’s being monitored and people are being safe, then I feel it’s okay.”

If a student breaks the new rule, they’ll receive a warning, then a referral and then a parent-teacher conference. The school district does not have a policy on playing tag. Instead, they let the schools decide what works on their own campuses.

15 Comments on School Bans Games We All Played Because We Weren’t Fairies

  1. Anybody remember tearing off Fairy Hooks?

    This is nothing more than a great example of Leftist, Progressive control freaks bullying kids to conform to silly rules intended to make the box they live in as small as possible, or the “Fundamental Wussification” of our kids. Strap ’em down and force-feed them Common Core to physically and mentally handi-cap the next generation. This has the Squeal of Approval by Bill Ayers written all over it!

  2. I hear the teacher coming, so hide the ball again.

    We haven’t played much dodgeball, since I don’t know when,

    Well, I’m stuck in Folsom city, man, it’s such a drag.

    They took away Red Rover, and now we can’t play tag…

  3. @Thirdtwin:

    Beautiful parody, Third! I can hear Johnny’s voice, going low… “…and now we can’t play tag.”

  4. My guess is that the sole purpose of this policy is to avoid lawsuits rather than protect any children. A kid trips during a game of tag, and the next thing is that the parents are suing the school because they knowingly allowed a dangerous activity to persist on school grounds. Or, as is hinted in the article, the game was a cover for more violent activities by a group of students.

    I don’t have any solutions for this, but school administrators frequently find it easier to just ban activities for all rather than risk significant litigation.

  5. I remember when skateboarding became a crime.
    Progressive assholes take all the fun out of being a kid, then wring their hands and whine when the results of their actions are adolescent drug use, pregnancy and crime.
    So they have an excuse to further erode individual rights, I presume.

  6. this has to be Folsom Calif, right?

    a wretched hive of scum and villainy…..

  7. So I guess ‘smear the queer’ is definitely out? FYI…the queer was anyone holding the football and had nothing to do with sex!

  8. Rat fink, we called fairy hooks fairy loops. Fairy loops were so that you could hang your shirt on a hook. And yes I do remember that from about 50 yrs. ago when I was in Junior HS. It was usually the so called cool guys who thought it was funny as hell to grab the loops on the backs of shirt collars and rip them off. It also caused a few fist fights among some of us who fought back when some asshole ripped the loop off.

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