[10/8/16] Running is now among the prohibited activities for children at one elementary school – and many parents are in an uproar.
Hillfort Primary School in Liskeard, Cornwall, England, has banned running on the playground because kids might get hurt.
“We’ve tried to be a little more reactive and proactive and put in place eight to 10 lunch time activities for the children, including a choir, sand play, and Lego,” headmaster Tim Cook told The Daily Mail.
But not everyone agrees.
“Stopping children running during free play due to bumping into each other is health and safety gone mad,” a petition created by parent Leah Browning states. “Do not allow ‘health and safety’ to remove the liberty to spontaneously run in the playground during imaginative and child-led play.”
The petition had received 150 signatures as of October 3.
“It’s a big thing for a child of five to be cooped up all day. Running releases endorphins,” Browning told The Daily Mail. “In the newsletter the school originally sent out, the issue seemed to be about bad behavior.”