One California school has taken leftist policies against rough recess play to their ultimate conclusion: no touching at all. Ever.
Officially, the ban is on the childhood game of “tag,” but their new policy literally prohibits touching of any kind.
This is all happening at the Gold Ridge Elementary School in Folsom, outside Sacramento.
Apparently, some fourth and fifth graders were playing too rough during recess – pushing, shoving – things most kids do.
This all happened during the game of tag, but in response, school officials decided to ban all games that involve “physical contact.”
In a letter to parents, Principal David Farkel wrote: “Today we implemented new procedures at school aimed at reducing physical contact and related problem behaviors,” the Sacramento Bee reports. “Student(s) were instructed that physical contact, including tag games, touch football, etc. were not allowed in the yard.”
The local TV station headed to the school to find out what was going on. They ran across fourth-grader Mallory Giddens, whose reply was amazing, said: “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.”
Young Ms. Gibbens sounds like she’s been indoctrinated with the principal’s talking points, doesn’t she? Who says “touch too hard?” That phrase was fed to her.
So tag was banned, so was touch football … in fact, pretty much anytime a kid comes in contact with another kid, that’s grounds for discipline.
The district is standing behind their principal. Folsom Cordova Unified School District spokesman Daniel Thigpen defended the ban and said the warnings were only sent to a handful of parents.
“In this case, kids were getting too rough … so the school told them to stop playing those games,” he told CBS Sacramento. “It’s not uncommon for a school to enact specific recess rules to address specific behavior problems.”
Sam Hammer, who has two children at Gold Ridge, told KOVR he doesn’t agree with the decision.
“It’s something we all did as kids, and I’ve never seen any harm come from it,” he said.
Clearly, Mr. Hammer needs some re-education.
The Bee reported that the principal’s email to the four parents noted three stages of discipline: First, there’s a warning and walk with yard supervisors; then there’s a referral to the principal’s office and removal from yard for a day and then a parent-teacher-principal disciplinary conference.
H/T: The Blaze