TORONTO – The news that a Toronto school is no longer allowing children to play with most balls during recess has gone international.
Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live, poked fun at the ball ban during the Weekend Update segment.
They joked that the Principal had also asked that a “hinge be installed in the see-saw.”
Earl Beatty Public School sent a letter to student’s homes informing them of the decision to ban most balls from use on school grounds.
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According to the letter, over the past few weeks, there have been “a few serious incidents of parents, staff and students being hit by a hard ball or nearly being hit by a hard ball” in the school-yard.
The students are still allowed to play with “nerf balls or sponge balls.”
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Transcript of the Letter:
These past few weeks, we have had a few serious incidents, staff and students being hit by a hard ball or nearly being hit by a hard ball in our schoolyard. Despite attempts to control the use of soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs and tennis balls and several requests to our students to be careful and mindful of bystanders, we have not been able to ensure the safety of all students and adults.
As a result, starting today, Monday, November 14, 2011, students are not going to be allowed to bring or play with any kind of hard ball to school. Any balls brought will be confiscated and may be retrieved by parents from the office. The only kind of ball allowed will be nerf balls or sponge balls.
We regret that we have had to resort to this measure. We hope that this move will make our schoolyard a safer place to be.
Thank you for your cooperation.