Recreational balls banned at middle school

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 3:01pm

Worries about injuries at a Long Island school have led to a surprising ban, Jennifer McLogan has the story.

"Too many rules and too many regulations and things."

Tossing a football during recess seemed to be a right of passage for kids in this school community, until now.

"I think we need the soccer balls, the footballs and everything, so we can have some fun."

Students at Weber Middle School in Port Washington were just informed that during recess, football is out, Nerf ball is in, hard soccer balls have been banned, along with baseballs and Lacrosse balls, even rough games of tag or cartwheels unless supervised by a coach.

"Cartwheels and tag, i think it's ridiculous they are banning that."

"You go for recess, that's your free time to go let loose and and recharge."

"That's all we want to do, we're in school all day sitting behind the desk learning."

The Superintendent, Kathleen Maloney, says the change of police is due to a rash of playground injuries, "Some of these injuries can unintentionally become very serious. So we want to make sure our children have fun, put are also protected."

Without helmets and pads children are more susceptible to getting hurt.

Dr. Salvatore Pardo, LIJ Medical Center Emergency Room Director, "Obviously they aren't bringing protective gear out to the playground with them."

Jennifer McLogan, "What kinds of injuries are you seeing?"

Dr. Salvatore Pardo, "Head injuries, bumps, scrapes, worried about concussion."

Some parents say it's really about liability and lawsuits Ellen Cohen, "Children's safety is paramount, but at the same time, you have to let them live life."

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