A MUM has accused a school of ‘banning fun’ after introducing a policy which forbids moves such as handstands in the playground – but not cartwheels.
The furious parent vented her anger online and asked for “perspective” from other parents before writing a reply to the headteacher.
Getty – Contributor Handstands have been banned but not cartwheels
The mum took to Mumsnet to share her anger, captioning her post: “Primary school officially gone bonkers.”
She explained she got an email from the headteacher telling her about the new rules.
She said: “The head who has emailed me to clarify that the school has banned gymnastics moves including handstands, bridge, headstands at breaktimes.
“But for some strange reason, cartwheels are permitted. (What about a cartwheel that accidentally turns into a handstand? Eh?)
Getty – Contributor A mum accused the school of ‘banning fun’
“The reasoning, I’m told, is that they have had a lot of injuries.
“DD [darling daughter] broke her arm going down a slide at the park. I didn’t stop her going on slides.
“What’s next? Ban football in case someone gets hit by a [football], ban running in case a knee is scraped?”
She questioned whether schools were getting stricter.
The mum added: “The school are gradually banning fun/childhood, one step at a time, this is one thing in a long line of other things and might just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and makes us move schools, but then again, perhaps all primary schools have bonkers rules, just for the sake of having rules?”
Getty – Contributor Parents have been sharing what else their schools have banned
But parents revealed their kids’ school have similar rules.
One person replied: “Handstands, cartwheels etc. are banned at my DC’s [child’s] primary school too.
“They say it’s because of the risk of injury either to the child doing the gymnastics or to other children who may get kicked in the process.”
This parent said: “Our primary banned gymnastics (I’m guessing including cartwheels) 2 years ago.
“As far as I know no one was injured – it was a precaution.”
Numerous parents thought the rule was sexist, with a this parent saying: “It’s the sexism of this that gets me. It will be mainly girls who do gymnastics at playtime.
Getty – Contributor Some parents accused the school of being sexist
“I assume football is still allowed? So girls are basically being told to sit nicely while the boys run around.”
And another parent added: “Things that have been banned so far this term: flossing (obviously – far too much fun), cats cradle string, chatterboxes (that foldy paper thing with four corners).”
But a teacher on the site seemingly sided with the school, saying: “I have mixed views on this as a teacher – small tarmac playground.
“Obviously we want the children to get as much fun and exercise as possible but one of our lunchtime staff nearly got a broken jaw from a cartwheel last week.
“There’s just not enough space.”