A WA school has banned children from doing cartwheels and handstands because the practice is “too dangerous”.
Parents at Bunbury Primary School were shocked to hear the kids are no longer allowed to practice cartwheels and handstands on school grounds, reports Perth Now.
“My granddaughter told me last night going home and I think it’s absolutely ludicrous,” one parent said.
“I don’t know where it has come from, but that’s what they do and they’ve been doing it for years and I don’t know what the problem is with it,” another added.
The school says before the activity ban, at least two students each day were going to the office with injured wrists.
“This is not about stopping kids from taking risks and having fun – but attempting things like flips or handstands on bitumen and sloping grassed areas without learning how to do it properly is never a good idea,” school principal Shane Dougherty told Seven News.
Parents argue the ban has gone too far.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” one parent said.
“What happened to kids being kids and being allowed to play?”
The school says the ban is only temporary at this stage.
“We’d like to see kids out and being active, we know that kids who aren’t active actually get injured more,” Kidsafe WA CEO Scott Phillips said.
It is not the first time public schools have banned children from performing cartwheels and handstands, with a NSW school issuing a ban in 2012 and a Queensland school banning the practice in 2014.
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