On the heels of a Long Island middle school banning balls during recess, the state of Kentucky has announced that it's
banning recommending* high schools get rid the post-game handshake, further proving that Americans are incapable of having fun.
The decision to nix the handshake came because, apparently, kids are too violent, and couldn't keep from attacking one another during the post-game gesture of sportsmanship. "Tuesday’s directive from Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett posted on its web site didn’t mention specific fights or conflicts but said several fall sports have had postgame incidents," the AP reported.
Sportsmanship in Kentucky is obviously dead: anyone who's seen a Louisville-Kentucky basketball game knows this. So how long until a state fully bans sports because of the lack of sportsmanship during the game?
Don't laugh, people. This is where our society is headed.
On Wednesday, news reports picked up the story that Weber Middle School in New York had to ban balls at recess and is supervising games like tag in order to keep kids safe. That decision all but takes away the prospect of dodgeball. "We want to make sure our children have fun but are also protected," Dr. Kathleen Maloney, superintendent of Port Washington schools, is quoted as saying by CNN.
So what are kids at Weber Middle school supposed to do now? The only reason recess exists is so kids can play and run around ... with balls. With the banning of fun, we're all but asking kids to just stare at their smartphones and just play Candy Crush. And recess, I'd argue, is where kids learn the hard truths of life — like coming to the realization that despite your wicked Black Magic move, there will be better hand ball players than you.
Those kind of truths could do a lot of good in Kentucky and Long Island and, in fact, this whole nation.
*Kentucky's High School Athletic Association has clarified that it wants to walk back its ban, and is now saying that the ban is now a "recommendation."
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