Public School Bans Tag for Students’ “Emotional Safety”

Parents are upset when a public school bans tag claiming to do so for the sake of the emotional health of students.

Kids have been playing tag forever. It is part of their culture which gets handed down as older children interact with younger children. The real tragedy lately is that children are trained to stare at a TV screen or a computer monitor or a smart phone to be entertained, rather than being forced to come up with group entertainment outside which forces them to run and respond quickly to changing situations.

So, naturally, we find out that a public school bans tag and claims that this traditional sport is actually harming children.

Anyone who claims that tag harms children should never be permitted authority over children. Ever.

Fox 2 in St. Louis reports, “School district bans game of tag to ‘ensure physical, emotional safety of students’

Kids at the Mercer Island School District are now banned from playing the popular childhood game of tag on the playground.

Parents told Q13 Fox News in Seattle they had no idea about the ban until their kids told them. Now, moms and dads are asking why they weren’t part of the decision-making process.

“Good grief, our kids need some unstructured playtime,” said mom Kelsey Joyce.

“In this day and age of childhood obesity, there’s a need for more activity,” said mom Melissa Neher. “Kids should be free to have spontaneous play on the playground at recess. It’s important for their learning.”

Neher has two kids in Mercer Island public schools.

She created a Facebook page to help spread the word to other parents about the ban. In less than 24 hours, hundreds of moms and dads joined to voice their concerns, mainly that the district didn’t ask parents what they thought first.

“This decision needs to be reevaluated with input from the kids and from the community,” added Neher.

Now that the ban is in place, one of Joyce’s kids no longer plays during recess.

“He has been spending most of his recesses wandering around with his friend talking about video games, which is the last thing I want him to be doing,” she said.

First of all, people who claim the authority to demand we turn our children over to them for “education” are not going to be the kind of people who would want parents to be “part of the decision-making process.” They didn’t “ask parents what they thought,” for the obvious reason that they don’t care what parents think.

[See also, “Public School Is Ruled by Statist Zombies.”]

Secondly, the obvious reason for this new rule is because schools really don’t like children as they actually are. Children act and react while schools want children to be passive and compliant.

Here is what the school released in an email to explain the new regime:

The Mercer Island School District and school teams have recently revisited expectations for student behavior to address student safety. This means while at play, especially during recess and unstructured time, students are expected to keep their hands to themselves. The rationale behind this is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students.

School staffs are working with students in the classroom to ensure that there are many alternative games available at recess and during unsupervised play, so that our kids can still have fun, be with their friends, move their bodies and give their brains a break.

So play can be “unsupervised” as long as children never, ever touch each other. No Red Rover. No Steal the Bacon. No Tag.

This is the establishment of an environment aimed at producing neurotic children. It has nothing to do with encouraging “emotional” safety, but with fostering fear and paranoia.

Children naturally touch one another, and rather than deal with that fact the school is going to simply force children to act like non-children. There is no other way to interpret this. The school finds children, as children, too burdensome. So they are attempting to re-make them.