Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/9/13
A Long Island, N.Y. middle school has taken the softening of America's youth up a notch by replacing hard balls on the playground with their cushiony Nerf counterparts during the students' recess period. Students at the Port Washington school are restricted to using Nerf balls during a 20-minute recess period because they are playing in limited space while a construction project is underway, the school district said Tuesday. The district posted a statement on its website, explaining the restriction was made for children's safety, after news reports circulated Monday that Weber Middle School students were banned from using hard balls, playing tag or doing cartwheels during recess. The ban will apply to footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, lacrosse balls or any other equipment that might harm a child or school friends. Students will be allowed to play with the softer Nerf balls under teacher supervision. "Some of these injuries can unintentionally become very seri...
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