Thinks on Things

A gathering of ponderings…

Bogus Banning

It seems that kids can no longer be kids anymore! Schools around the nation are beginning to ban regular schoolyard games such as Tag, Touch Football, even Soccer. Boston, Cheyenne, Spokane, Charleston, Wichita, San Jose, Beaverton, and Rancho Santa Fe are among the schools that have already banned kid games and there will be more to follow I’m sure.

This is so bizarre, there’s just too much to say. It makes me mad that a bunch of adults who have their own unresolved childhood issues are passing down their insecurities to not only their own children, but others as well. Seriously folks, what’s happening here?! Fear of self-esteem issues? Kids getting hurt? Someone having an argument on the rules? Hello? These are just regular parts of a kid’s life. You can’t take that away or the consequences will be costly in the future. If they don’t learn how to develope some key skills in dealing with reality and life in general, what sort of a future generation do you expect to get?

FoxNews wrote an article on the possibility of Tag creating some self-esteem issues for the person being “it”. USA Today wrote on physical dangers thereby justifying banning Tag and Soccer. MSNBC on says the schools ruled out all unsupervised chase games during recess on the grounds that “accidents can happen.”

Maybe we should focus on banning the color pink in Merrillville to crack down on gangs? Or when that doesn’t work, banning baggy pants in Shreveport, Alexandria, Delcambre, Atlanta, and New Orleans…? The fines range anywhere from $25 to $500 or 6-months in jail. Wow, now that’s funny.

Or perhaps a real issue like dealing with the Choking Game trend among kids under 18. Kids are seeking a “safe high” (450 victims, 300 in the US) through playing a game more dangerous than tag. Let’s deal with real issues people, not Tag.


September 2, 2007 - Posted by | All My Thinks


  1. AMEN!
    Dealing with ‘real’ issues is what needs to be done. Banning of simple, pleasurable games such as tag is ridiculous, even more so when many of these same schools REFUSE to address the lethal act of ‘self asphyxiation’ aka: The Choking Game.

    Since losing my 13 year old son Gabriel on May 6, 2005 over 260 children have fallen victim to this wicked, high risk, thrill seeking activity.

    Ignorance is not bliss,
    Sarah Pacatte

    Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play:
    We are a non profit organization leading the way in educating, informing and warning on the dangers of self asphyxiation.

    Comment by sarah pacatte | September 3, 2007

  2. No ignorance is not bliss. Parents and children alike should be taught about this deadly game. My son Dylan died July 13, 2007 he was only 12 years old. I had never heard of this activity, but obviously my son had. I pray every day for all the other children out there who may be doing the same thing and their parents haven’t a clue. Because the subject is not addressed (a completely idiotic thing) considering the number of children dying. All kinds of kids from every background (small towns & cities alike). STOP THE CHOKING GAME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Sharon Blackerby | September 4, 2007

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