Wash. School District Says Tag Won't Be Banned At Recess
The Mercer Island School District faced national backlash after enforcing a "hands off" policy that banned tag on elementary school playgrounds.By Ryan Biek | September 27, 2015
A Washington state school district that faced national backlash for banning tag during recess has now lifted the ban.
The game was reportedly banned last week on elementary school playgrounds in Mercer Island in an effort to prevent physical and emotional harm.
The district's superintendent said in a message, "unstructured play deteriorated into name-calling, fighting and injury" during isolated incidents last year. He also said that while tag was not formally banned, the district was implementing a new "hands off" policy at recess.