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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Get off those monkey bars!


Now children, no hanging upside down from the monkey bars. That's the rule at the Mitchell Elementary School in Needham.

The Globe reports today that rules on play have been increasingly imposed in the Bay State and around the nation during the past 20 years.

"It's a shame that we've come to the point where you have to put all these rules down when kids play," said John Cummings, parent-teacher organization president at Hanlon Elementary School in Westwood. "I think they should let kids fall down ... get up, dust themselves off, and get right back on."

The Globe also found that tag was banned in Attleboro, handstands were banned in Boston, and throwing snow was banned in Norfolk.

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