Group blasts playground yo-yo ban

Dec. 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

LONDON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A British health and safety watchdog criticized teachers for banning yo-yos on a playground, saying safety concerns are based on myth.

The Health and Safety Executive, a non-governmental public agency, said teachers at the school -- whose name was not reported -- went "over the top" in banning children from paying with yo-yos on the playground, The Sun reported Tuesday.

The organization's "mythbusters" panel, which criticizes organizations for taking safety measures deemed to be based in myth, said there is no real reason to ban the traditional toys.

The group questioned other recent restrictions, including the case of a charity chop banning knitting needles to prevent people from stabbing themselves and airlines ceasing to sell boiled sweets in case passengers choke on them.

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