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New Hampshire principal bans tag on the playground

Oct. 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM   |   Comments

NASHUA, N.H., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Some parents with children at a New Hampshire elementary school said they disagree with the principal's decision to ban playing tag at recess.

Principal Patricia Beaulieu of Charlotte Avenue Elementary School in Nashua posted a statement to the school's website saying the playground game was being banned due to recent injuries involving games of tag, WMUR-TV, Manchester, N.H., reported.

"Playgrounds offer a chance for children to be active," Beaulieu wrote. "However, playgrounds also have risks, and numerous injuries have resulted recently on our playground, prompting us to review school playground rules with all students."

"As you know, the traditional recess game tag involves one or more players chasing other players in an attempt to 'tag' or touch them. However, the force with which students 'tag' varies greatly," the principal wrote.

Some parents said they believe the ban takes safety too far.

"One incident leads to, 'Lets ban everything,'" parent Jacquelin Thompson said. "Our kids should be wrapped in bubble wrap and sent to school. It seems kind of silly."

Some parents said there are more hazardous playground activities that are not banned at the school.

"There's other equipment they can get hurt on," mother Sara Sullivan said. "I think it's taking it too far."

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