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20-Jul-2005, 02:04 PM #1
Playgrounds, fearing lawsuits, ban running:-
I was told that certain municipalities in Jersey were going to adopt similiar policies so it could be coming to a playground in your town as well.

Schools in one Florida county are banning running on their playgrounds.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Broward County's no running signs are part of a national trend to remove equipment considered dangerous from playgrounds. The main motivator appears to be fear of injuries and the resulting lawsuits and the result is no swings, teeter-totters and merry-go-rounds or anything else with moving parts.

Even sandboxes are considered dangerous because animals can use them as bathrooms, Safety Director Jerry Graziose told the newspaper. And the homeless can use large crawl tubes for shelter.

We could do a lot more if we didn't have to watch our back every single second, Graziose said. We sometimes get a letter from the attorney before we even get an accident report from the school.
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20-Jul-2005, 02:09 PM #2
sigh.....I have good memories of playing on a jungle jim in elementary school.....and now running is banned.....
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20-Jul-2005, 02:11 PM #3
I always thought scrapes, bruises and maybe a broken bone were part of growing up?

BTW-What percentage of America's youth is overweight? I have a feeling its not going to improve.
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20-Jul-2005, 02:12 PM #4
OMG! Don't these people realize...THEY SURVIVED THEIR CHILDHOOD!

Where we played on rusty teeter totters with splintery wood seats and all kind of other things that "could" injure us. Heck, sometimes they did...but whoop-dee-freaking-doo. Injuries are part of life. I broke an arm playing floor hockey, and again on a trampoline ... that never stopped me from playing hockey or jumping on trampolines! And it wouldn't stop me from allowing my kids (when I have them) from doing those things. And I certainly wouldn't sue over it. The ONLY way I'd consider filing a lawsuit is if the reason for the injury was neglected care of the equipment that caused the injury.
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20-Jul-2005, 02:15 PM #5
Can't really blame the schools though, its those that will sue and they are out there.
Personally if my kid got hurt on a playground i wouldn't be looking up a lawyer, sadly though there are those that would and the schools realize this.
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20-Jul-2005, 02:17 PM #6
Oh great i suppose nose picking is next
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20-Jul-2005, 02:18 PM #7
how does one actually BAN running?

another crazy idea.
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20-Jul-2005, 02:18 PM #8
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I always thought scrapes, bruises and maybe a broken bone were part of growing up?

BTW-What percentage of America's youth is overweight? I have a feeling its not going to improve.
I can't imagine not running as a kid...I ran everywhere I went. Heck, I still run up and down stairs, I can't bring myself to just "walk". Which brings me to a peeve of mine. People who use the elevator to go up a single flight Sweet Jebus...it's not a wonder you're overweight!!!

How do you play tag, or hide and seek without running? What position is little Billy going to play when he's playing football...the walking back???

ARGH! Really...these people need to think back to their childhood and remember a time playing where they only walked...I'm trying right now...I can't do it. The only time I walked as a kid, was in the halls. I ran around the house (I'm sure my mom loved cleaning the fingerprints of the corners of the walls, as that's how you turned on linoleum with sock feet ). I ran to my friends (and he lived next door). I ran EVERYWHERE!!!
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20-Jul-2005, 02:22 PM #9
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OMG! Don't these people realize...THEY SURVIVED THEIR CHILDHOOD!

Where we played on rusty teeter totters with splintery wood seats and all kind of other things that "could" injure us. Heck, sometimes they did...but whoop-dee-freaking-doo. Injuries are part of life. I broke an arm playing floor hockey, and again on a trampoline ... that never stopped me from playing hockey or jumping on trampolines! And it wouldn't stop me from allowing my kids (when I have them) from doing those things. And I certainly wouldn't sue over it. The ONLY way I'd consider filing a lawsuit is if the reason for the injury was neglected care of the equipment that caused the injury.
Yes I hate to get huffy but where was all this concern for safety when i was a child? I got told to "go play on the freeway" "here go run around the house with these scissors", I cant believe I lived through those hellish times.
more flashbacks, remeber no seatbelts, remember both your parents chain smoking in the front seat of the car with the windows up?
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20-Jul-2005, 03:57 PM #10
This has given me incentive to finally sue Schwin for all the pain and suffering I experienced as a child when my crotch crashed down on the cross bar of my bicycle, ramming my testicles into my throat displacing my tonsils.
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This has given me incentive to finally sue Schwin for all the pain and suffering I experienced as a child when my crotch crashed down on the cross bar of my bicycle, ramming my testicles into my throat displacing my tonsils.
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20-Jul-2005, 04:04 PM #12
I remember being being young and short enough to stand up, behind the front seats of my Dad's Hudson and watch where he drove.
Today, that would get a family a quick trip to a court appearence and probably children's services


sigh....those were the good days.......
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20-Jul-2005, 04:09 PM #13
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Oh great i suppose nose picking is next
Hey I didn't tell anybody I did that

Lol Gibble, I use the elevator to go up one story (my mom is afraid something will happen to me if I take the stairs ) and I have been accused of walking down the halls way too fast

But running is fun for "jebus's" sake!!!!! Just not running on a track, jogging, etc (I'm too much of a couch potato )
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20-Jul-2005, 04:32 PM #14
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Hey I didn't tell anybody I did that

Lol Gibble, I use the elevator to go up one story (my mom is afraid something will happen to me if I take the stairs ) and I have been accused of walking down the halls way too fast

But running is fun for "jebus's" sake!!!!! Just not running on a track, jogging, etc (I'm too much of a couch potato )
Heck, I'll run/jog when my friends bike...mostly because I don't own a bike but still, despite sitting at a desk all day, I'm in great shape because in my spare time I keep busy. I play hockey, bowl (hehe not that it helps ), golf, play football, and rollerblade when I get the chance...anything to keep active.
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