Tag! Nobody's "it" in Attleboro

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Principal Gaylene Heppe of Willett Elementary School in Attleboro, Massachussetts worries about her students' safety. So much so that she enforces a ban on tag, touch football, or any other games involving physical contact during recess. She cites the safety risks involved in such high-risk games, along with the school's liability were a student to be injured.

Not everyone is totally keen on the idea. Even parent Colleen Bischoff was taken aback by the policy. "I was surprised....I think they should be allowed to. I used to run and chase, play kickball, dodgeball, all that," she said. Not anymore, at least not at Willet. Still, Attleboro is not alone in this. Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Spokane, Washington, and Charleston, South Carolina all banned tag at recess this year.

To be honest, I understand that kids can fall and get hurt, but realistically, that can happen anywhere, and in fact, I expect it to happen. Jared broke his arm when he was only three years old. I hope it doesn't happen again, but I won't be surprised if it does. I would rather the kids run around getting exercise than play it safe. What do you think?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.