Tag—you’re it! For years, kids have been hearing those words on playgrounds across the U.S. But you won’t hear them at Socastee Elementary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That’s because the school has banned playing tag at recess. According to the school’s rules, students are forbidden from putting their hands on one another. So games like tag are not allowed.
Other schools have similar bans. Officials at these schools argue that banning tag helps prevent playground injuries. Kids playing the game sometimes fall while being chased, and a tag can become a push when kids are running at full speed.
But many people think there’s no reason to ban the popular game. They argue that playing tag is great exercise for students who spend hours a day inside a classroom. Plus, they point out, kids can get hurt doing a lot of things at recess, like playing on the swings or going down a slide.