Students at Weber Middle School in Port Washington, N.Y., were banned from using most balls during recess. Due to safety concerns the middle school requested supervision of children while playing tag, and even doing cartwheels.
Weber middle schoolers are no longer allowed to play with footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, lacrosse balls and any other hardballs that could injure a child, CNN reports.
"We want to make sure our children have fun but are also protected," Kathleen Mooney, superintendent of Port Washington Schools, said about how severe playground injuries can "unintentionally" become.
In a press release, the school district said that because of construction, there is not a lot of room for the children to play during their 20 minutes of recess. "With children in close proximity to each other, it is not safe for them to be engaged in unstructured play with hardballs," said the district.
"Without opportunities to learn how to navigate space with their bodies, and to negotiate rules, risks, and experimentation of cooperative play, how are children going to ever be able to handle themselves in any society as adults?" Alex Martin, an associate director at a Manhattan nursery school, told CNN.
"Freedom is great until the parents sue the school district,” Facebook user Tylorr Parker commented on CNN’s page.
It’s unclear when the construction at the school will stop and if students could play ball again once it ends.
During recess, however, kids can still play with soft Nerf balls, which the district is providing. Students can also play with hard balls during gym and intramural athletics, according to Newsday.
"I don't think kids should have their fun pasttimes discontinued, but head trauma can be serious," said another Faceboook user, Marilyn Decker. "Helmets can lessen that. Even pro sports issues protection. Nothing wrong with that. They are now much more enlightened about wearing helmets while skateboarding and riding a bike, as well."