School bans tag

First, they came for the dodgeball. And I said nothing, because I was too busy running around being chased by that kid who was twice my height and could sling one of those red playground balls like a Nolan Ryan fastball.

Now, they’ve come for tag.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An elementary school has banned tag on its playground after some children complained they were harassed or chased against their will.

“It causes a lot of conflict on the playground,” said Cindy Fesgen, assistant principal of the Discovery Canyon Campus school.

Running games are still allowed as long as students don’t chase each other, she said.

This is at least the third school to make headlines banning tag, following a Massachusetts elementary that banned tag due to injury risks; and Santa Monica’s Franklin Elementary School, which banned tag because the principal couldn’t manage to differentiate between proper and improper play at the “it” position.