Citing safety concerns, an east-end Toronto school is banning students from playing with soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs or tennis balls in the schoolyard.
A letter issued on Monday, stated that students at Earl Beatty Jr. and Sr. Public School are not allowed to bring or play with any kind of hard ball.
"Any balls brought will be confiscated and may be retrieved by parents from the office," the statement said. "The only kind of ball allowed will be nerf balls or sponge balls."
Communications co-ordinator for the Toronto District School Board Zoya McGroarty said that the decision was made when concerns were brought forth by parents on the safety of the balls.
"The principal made a decision with the safety of students, staff and visitors in mind," she told CTV Toronto on Tuesday.
The letter had also mentioned that the school had some serious incidents where students, staff or parents were hit, or nearly hit, by a hard ball on school property.
McGroarty said that the ban is a temporary measure while the school monitors the situation
First it was snowball that were banned, then no walking on the wet grass for fear of slips.
Next we will need to bubblewrap our kids and attach proximity alarms before sending them to school. One day I will come into work to find that all the books have been taped shut because of the papercut danger. How am I still alive? My generations parents were so neglectful, they even let us bring strangling cords and glass projectiles to school (formerly called skipping ropes and marbles). Horror of horrors! We also didn't have cell phones in case they need to reach us. Imagine that! Parents called the school office.