A Toronto school is banning students from playing with soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs or tennis balls on school grounds. Yup, you read that right: Hard balls are a no-no. That’s because they pose an extreme danger to students, according to school officials. You know, like someone could get hit by one of these flying objects of death (just imagine the horror!).
“Any balls brought will be confiscated and may be retrieved by parents from the office,” said a letter issued to parents and students at Earl Beatty Jr. and Sr. Public School in the city’s east end. “The only kind of ball allowed will be Nerf balls or sponge balls.”
School officials apparently made the decision after a parent complained about being hit in the head by a soccer ball.
The ridiculousness of such a rule goes without saying. Talk about an overreaction! I mean, really – are we supposed to wrap our children in bubble tape each morning before leaving the house? I’m a pretty neurotic person but this ban on balls takes neuroses and craziness to a whole new (disturbing) level. Let kids be kids!
Not surprisingly, parents and students are outraged, too, and they’re not taking this sitting down. They’re meeting with school officials in hopes of coming up with alternative ways to keep the schoolyard safe. Once thing’s for certain: banning sport balls is not the answer. Besides, what happens when snow hits the ground? I guess snowball fights are out of the question…