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British Bulldog banned from Newhaven school playground

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A school has banned the playground game British Bulldog after complaints that it was “too aggressive”.

Meeching Valley Primary School said youngsters were still allowed to play games such as tag and stuck in the mud, but added British Bulldog – where the aim of the game is to run from one end of the field of play to the other, without being caught – is now forbidden.

The school, in Valley Road, Newhaven, asked parents if they could enforce the rules at home as well as in class. The school said in a letter to parents: “Thank you to the parent who put a comment in the ‘comment box’ in the reception area regarding children playing British Bulldog.

“Children are not allowed to play this game as it can lead to children getting hurt.

“Please support the school by reinforcing this at home. Thank you.”

Speaking to The Argus, headteacher Davina Wakelin said: “British Bulldog can end up becoming quite an aggressive game.

“A child could fall down and become hurt.

“We have an anonymous comments box at school where parents can leave remarks.

“I checked it and a parent had said, ‘My child does not like British Bulldog and feels a bit intimidated by it’.

“In a way the children are very clever – they play the game but change the name.

“It is a traditional childhood game. But for some children it is very aggressive.

“We are a caring school and we would not want children to get hurt.”

Previously, Ms Wakelin has blamed video games for violent play.

In a school newsletter in 2012 she said: “It has been brought to our attention that a number of children are being exposed to video games that are not age-appropriate.

“As a result, this is being transferred to their play and resulting in some violent play and inappropriate language among the children.”

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10:32am Mon 31 Mar 14

Fight_Back says...

When I was a child I played British Bull dog at Scouts and it was far more aggressive than the version played today. To be out you had to have left the ground entirely.

When I then ran a Scout troop Scouting banned the version we played in favour of the version played today - i.e. you just need to be touched to be out. The kids hated it so I ignored the rules and allowed them to play the proper version.

Here's some news to dogooders like the Head in this story - LIFE IS HARD !!!! Kids hurt themselves playing - it is part of life so get over it. Too many stupid people think the answer to any problem is to BAN something. I hope the children ignore the ban.
When I was a child I played British Bull dog at Scouts and it was far more aggressive than the version played today. To be out you had to have left the ground entirely. When I then ran a Scout troop Scouting banned the version we played in favour of the version played today - i.e. you just need to be touched to be out. The kids hated it so I ignored the rules and allowed them to play the proper version. Here's some news to dogooders like the Head in this story - LIFE IS HARD !!!! Kids hurt themselves playing - it is part of life so get over it. Too many stupid people think the answer to any problem is to BAN something. I hope the children ignore the ban. Fight_Back
  • Score: 22

10:36am Mon 31 Mar 14

ICantThinkOfAName says...

It's a wonder any of we Senior Citizens survived our childhood with the activities and games we took part in. Nanny State is getting ridiculous.
It's a wonder any of we Senior Citizens survived our childhood with the activities and games we took part in. Nanny State is getting ridiculous. ICantThinkOfAName
  • Score: 21

10:43am Mon 31 Mar 14

qm says...

Another ridiculous regurgitation from an H&S obsessed idiot who has no idea on character development, determined to reduce the future population to amoebic blobs! Incredulously ignorant and mis-guided!
Another ridiculous regurgitation from an H&S obsessed idiot who has no idea on character development, determined to reduce the future population to amoebic blobs! Incredulously ignorant and mis-guided! qm
  • Score: 20

10:53am Mon 31 Mar 14

whatone says...

No doubt some lawyer has had a word in her ear - that word being 'litigation'!

I wonder what this year's cotton wool bill will be at that school!
No doubt some lawyer has had a word in her ear - that word being 'litigation'! I wonder what this year's cotton wool bill will be at that school! whatone
  • Score: 19

10:53am Mon 31 Mar 14

J Hill says...

Have we gone mad? Over the last week or so there have been many news stories about various things being stopped just in case it damages a child somehow. If they are going to be wrapped up in so much cotton wool during their formative years how on earth are they going to cope when they are released from the education system and thrown headlong into a vicious and unforgiving world? If we are not careful the children will have so much power over us they start taking over and we won't be able to do a thing about it due to our own laws and rules that have made us powerless. It's going to end up like a child version of Planet of the Apes!
Have we gone mad? Over the last week or so there have been many news stories about various things being stopped just in case it damages a child somehow. If they are going to be wrapped up in so much cotton wool during their formative years how on earth are they going to cope when they are released from the education system and thrown headlong into a vicious and unforgiving world? If we are not careful the children will have so much power over us they start taking over and we won't be able to do a thing about it due to our own laws and rules that have made us powerless. It's going to end up like a child version of Planet of the Apes! J Hill
  • Score: 16

10:57am Mon 31 Mar 14

Martha Gunn says...

Perhaps an early April Fool story?

And the Argus have it covered by the crime reporter!

I suspect a spoof.
Perhaps an early April Fool story? And the Argus have it covered by the crime reporter! I suspect a spoof. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 7

11:03am Mon 31 Mar 14

Man of steel says...

So because of the complaint and comments by one anonymous person, who may not even be a parent, the children cannot play British Bulldog, which involves running from one end of the playground to the other without being tagged, but they can still play tag, which involves running around the playground without being tagged, or even stuck in the mud, which I admit I did not know about, but is the same as tag, but you have to stand still until someone crawls between your legs to release you, which I would have thought to be far more inappropriate than either of the other two in a mixed school.
So because of the complaint and comments by one anonymous person, who may not even be a parent, the children cannot play British Bulldog, which involves running from one end of the playground to the other without being tagged, but they can still play tag, which involves running around the playground without being tagged, or even stuck in the mud, which I admit I did not know about, but is the same as tag, but you have to stand still until someone crawls between your legs to release you, which I would have thought to be far more inappropriate than either of the other two in a mixed school. Man of steel
  • Score: 12

11:21am Mon 31 Mar 14

tykemison says...

This has got to be a joke, no sane person would come up with this drivel! Saying they hope parents enforce this at home, I would be happy to see youngsters outside playing instead of indoors on their crack-pads getting fresh air, if it's a genuine article we might aswell give up as the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
This has got to be a joke, no sane person would come up with this drivel! Saying they hope parents enforce this at home, I would be happy to see youngsters outside playing instead of indoors on their crack-pads getting fresh air, if it's a genuine article we might aswell give up as the lunatics have taken over the asylum. tykemison
  • Score: 14

11:39am Mon 31 Mar 14

Gribbet says...

It got banned at my school too when I was a kid, people getting hurt was pretty common, but it brought EVERYONE together and everyone loved playing.
It got banned at my school too when I was a kid, people getting hurt was pretty common, but it brought EVERYONE together and everyone loved playing. Gribbet
  • Score: 7

1:43pm Mon 31 Mar 14

thatfatbloke says...

Probably been banned because of the word 'British'. Can't go upsetting the ethnic majority can we!.
Probably been banned because of the word 'British'. Can't go upsetting the ethnic majority can we!. thatfatbloke
  • Score: 7

5:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Minion says...

So encourage kids to get off their computers and play outside, but don't let them run around and actually play...
So encourage kids to get off their computers and play outside, but don't let them run around and actually play... Minion
  • Score: 4

8:22pm Mon 31 Mar 14

melee says...

How ridiculous. Didn't anyone think that the child of the ONE person who complained could maybe just not play if they were 'intimidated'? They are talking about a playground game, not a compulsory sports lesson.
How ridiculous. Didn't anyone think that the child of the ONE person who complained could maybe just not play if they were 'intimidated'? They are talking about a playground game, not a compulsory sports lesson. melee
  • Score: 4

11:24pm Wed 2 Apr 14

notonbandwagon says...

I am all for children having fun playing, and yes sometimes kids can get carried away and get hurt. My 6 year old always plays rough outside of school but he is then under my care and watchful eye and if he is hurt then its only down me as parent. As someone has previously said you can t wrap kids in cotton wool, but a Headteacher does have a duty to make sure that during school hours, the children are safe, happy and don t come to any harm. Accidents happen but kids charging from one side of the playground to another knocking other kids over is not 'having fun' thats not british bulldog how i remember it. 2 children were hurt as a result of this game and had to be sent home, if i were either of those parents i would not be happy and want an explanation. Mrs Wakelin is kind and caring and puts her heart and sole into that school, considering the negative, ignorant and cowardly criticism she recieves she has brought the school out of special measures with determination. She has mine and many other parents full support.
I am all for children having fun playing, and yes sometimes kids can get carried away and get hurt. My 6 year old always plays rough outside of school but he is then under my care and watchful eye and if he is hurt then its only down me as parent. As someone has previously said you can t wrap kids in cotton wool, but a Headteacher does have a duty to make sure that during school hours, the children are safe, happy and don t come to any harm. Accidents happen but kids charging from one side of the playground to another knocking other kids over is not 'having fun' thats not british bulldog how i remember it. 2 children were hurt as a result of this game and had to be sent home, if i were either of those parents i would not be happy and want an explanation. Mrs Wakelin is kind and caring and puts her heart and sole into that school, considering the negative, ignorant and cowardly criticism she recieves she has brought the school out of special measures with determination. She has mine and many other parents full support. notonbandwagon
  • Score: 0

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