From LOWERING THE BAR:
Earl Beatty Public School in Toronto has limited the children to "sponge or other soft balls" because things like baseballs, soccer balls, footballs, and tennis balls are just too dangerous to be entrusted to children. The ban was not even prompted by an injury to a child, but rather came after a parent suffered a concussion from being hit in the head with a soccer ball.
"We want our balls back! We want our balls back!" the children chanted in a demonstration last Wednesday.
"You can take our balls," one boy reportedly shouted, "but you cannot take our freedom!"
One parent said he was "disgusted" by the ban. "A lot of things could happen," said Chris Stateski. "A child could trip on the asphalt, a child could fall off the monkey bars and break their arm. So many things could happen. What are they going to do - cover the schoolyard in pillows?"
COMMENT: When I was a kid we used to ride our bikes on the road, stay out after dark, climb trees, carry sheaf knives, get chased by horses and farm dogs, play in derelict buildings and building sites, crawl along drains, play pirates in the school gym, play British Bulldog, get into fights, use public transport on our own, hang around on the streets, light bonfires, throw bangers at each other and pretty much do everything that is now considered far too dangerous for children to even think about doing. And yet, with the exception of my friend, James, who fell off a bus shelter and broke his arm once, we all somehow survived and had a good time growing up as well. I feel so sorry for kids growing up nowadays. They must be so bloody bored. No wonder so many of them start taking drugs and abusing alcohol as soon as they can get their hands on the stuff. What else can they do to have some fun?
Thanks to Paul(A) for sending in the link to this story.