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UK School Bans Children From Running On Playground, Says Parent

| by Michael Allen
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Riverview Juniors school in Kent, England, "banned" children from running on the playground because of injury concerns, according to a mom.

Rachael Sparks, a mother of an 11-year-old boy who attends the school, told News Shopper: "My son came home on Friday and said 'they've banned running in the playground, mummy.' I thought I am not going to react too much, too quickly, because kids do get it wrong sometimes."

Sparks says she spoke to Pam Wenban, interim co-head of the school, to see if the claim was true.

"(Wenban) started off by saying we've asked them to slow down a bit, but then it transpired that they had banned running," Sparks said.

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"She went on to say that due to some children not looking where they were going, there had been incidents of bumped heads. She claimed due to this it was her duty of care towards the children that had prompted her to ban running," Sparks added.

Wenban told News Shopper:

"We have asked children to refrain from playing a particular chasing game in the playground as we have found the increasing numbers taking part has caused some injuries, including a fractured collarbone. We are concerned for the safety of the children and need to stop this particular game until we can establish a safer way for them to play. When the weather is dry and sunny children can run and play more safely on the school playing field."

Daily Mail reported last year that Western Primary School, in Walllsend, Tyne and Wear, had banned children from running on its asphalt playground, but did allow them to run on grass.

Sources: News Shopper, Daily Mail
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