Washington State School District Phasing Out Swings (Video)

| by Dominic Kelly

A school district in Washington state has decided to get rid of swings on the playground, and the reaction from parents in the community has been mixed.

Richland School District in Richland, Washington says that pressure from insurance companies is part of why they came to the decision to get rid of swings.

“As schools get modernized or renovated or as we're doing work on the playground equipment, we'll take out the swings, it's just really a safety issue, swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the playground equipment on a playground,” said Steve Aagard of the Richland School District.

Reports note that around 200,000 playground injuries involving children are reported annually, and many of them have to do with swings. Many parents back the school’s decision, saying that it makes a lot of sense to get rid of them.

“When she starts elementary school, those swings can get crazy!” said parent Muge Kaineoz to KEPRTV. “I actually witnessed an accident with my own eyes one time. By the time you could do something about it she was knocked out.”

Still, other parents say that they don’t understand why the swings are being phased out.

“They were our great joy and we all played on them, I truly can't remember anyone being hurt,” said local resident Gail Thorricellas.

Do you think it’s a smart move for the school district to get rid of swings on their playgrounds?

Sources: KEPRTV, Union-Bulletin, The Seattle Times