One school in Washington state is banning the game of tag during recess.

Say what? You remember tag right? When you run after your friends, trying to make them "it." Fox News in Seattle is reporting the Mercer Island School District is banning "tag" from the playground.

The reason, they say, is because the school wants students to keep their hands to themselves. Here's the statement...

“The Mercer Island School District and school teams have recently revisited expectations for student behavior to address student safety. This means while at play, especially during recess and unstructured time, students are expected to keep their hands to themselves. The rationale behind this is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students.

School staffs are working with students in the classroom to ensure that there are many alternative games available at recess and during unsupervised play, so that our kids can still have fun, be with their friends, move their bodies and give their brains a break.”


Of course parents are upset, partially because this is unheard of, and partially because they weren't informed prior to the decision.

What ever happened to allowing kids to be kids?