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Tag is no longer "it"

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Officials at an elementary school in Attleboro, Mass. have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess. The school’s principal instituted the rule, citing the risk of injury and litigation. Here’s the story from the Boston Herald and the AP.

Recess is “a time when accidents can happen,” said Gaylene Heppe, the Willett Elementary School Principal in Attleboro, Mass., who approved the ban. She claims the rule is nothing new. It is part of a broader playground rule that has been in effect for five years banning hitting and inappropriate touching. Famous early American torts cases actually sanctioned "unapproved touching" on school playgrounds, but fear of suits by parents of injured children has obviously filtered down to insurers of school systems, and through those firms to the school boards themselves.

Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., Spokane, Wash., and suburban Charleston, S.C., have apparently also recently banned tag during recess.

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