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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Tag isn’t it at school, heating up the Granite State

In this Tuesday, April 13, 2013, photo, Max Daniel plays a game of tag on the playground at Divide School in Divide, Montana. (AP file photo)

In this Tuesday, April 13, 2013, photo, Max Daniel plays a game of tag on the playground at Divide School in Divide, Montana. (AP file photo)

It wasn’t that long since I was in elementary school.

I mean, it definitely was. But it shouldn’t seem like this long to me.

Tag has been banned at Charlotte Avenue Elementary School in Nashua. Tag. The game that literally requires nothing but more than one person play.

I get some kids probably tag harder than others. But I think banning it may be a step too far. Just take the hard taggers out a while. A penalty box-type of situation.

"Playgrounds also have risks, and numerous injuries have resulted recently on our playground, prompting us to review school playground rules with all students,” the school’s pricipal Patricia Beaulieu said in a statement.

And that seems to be that – for now.

In a PTO meeting yesterday, officials wouldn’t talk about the ban after parents continually brought up the subject. But they plan on holding a meeting to discuss tag next week.

As one column in the Telegraph brings up, there’s always more dangerous games out there. “Tag was for wimps.”

Trying to ban seemingly overly aggressive games on the playground not a new development these days, however.

In New York, a middle school banned all hard balls from its playground and replaced them with spongy ones.

And earlier this year, the Windham School Board banned dodgeball.

I don’t think I could say it better, so I’ll just let NBC’s Brian Williams get the last word here today:

Banning tag on the playground is “another attempt to end childhood as we know it.”

In other news

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∎ Officials now say earlier reports that Abigail Hernandez used her cell phone after her disappearance were incorrect.

∎ One poll says the Democrats in New Hampshire are poised to do well for re-election.

∎ A gas station clerk in Nashua was fired for stopping a robbery by pulling out his handgun.

∎ A 60-year-old Massachusetts man died over the weekend while hiking in the White Mountains.

∎ A Rochester man was arrested for a series of physical altercations with a wooden clublike object and a bag of popcorn.

∎ The Turkish Cultural Center New Hampshire hosted its second Annual Friendship Dinner yesterday in Manchester.

∎ Ski resorts say that business on Columbus Day Weekend was successful.

∎ This is what Villanova’s football team has to do to beat the UNH Wildcats this weekend.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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