13 March 2012

Foul Balls


I was listening to Rush during lunch last week when I heard THIS story discussed.  I swear, I cannot make this stuff up; I just cannot!  Here we have a school principal in Canada banning all hard balls from school grounds.  IOW, students (boys, of course, but we cannot say that out loud) cannot bring baseballs, soccer balls, or any other ball that is hard.  I'll post the Daily Mail article below, then intersperse it with my commentary and analysis.  Here goes...


School falls foul after banning footballs and baseballs because they are 'too dangerous'
By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 4:08 AM on 18th November 2011

Footballs and baseballs have been banned from a school in Toronto because the are 'too dangerous'. The principal of Earl Beatty Public School banned the hard balls after a parent suffered a concussion after being hit in the head with a soccer ball.

To quote former tennis great, John McEnroe, you cannot be serious!  I have one question: why didn't the parent pay attention to what was happening on the field?  Why didn't the parent-gasp-get out of the way?!  I bet that the parent was a woman, because she thought the laws of physics didn't apply to her.  Why wouldn't she think that?  After all, women are given a pussy pass for everything else in life; they're exempted from obeying man's laws; shoot, they can even get away with murder!  Remember Mary Winkler, anyone?

Principal Alicia Fernandez told CBC News that the ban was necessary because of ongoing concerns about injury.

WHAT ongoing concerns about injury, Miss Fernandez?  Would you care to elaborate?

'Kids were coming in complaining of injury, or being scared,' she said.

Who the hell was complaining?  Are you telling me that kids came to the principal's office complaining?!  Come on!  When I was in school, we didn't go to the principal's office unless we were FORCED to!  I remember this one principal we had during elementary school; he was a Korean war vet who no one messed with; we damn sure didn't want to go to his office!  If we did, we knew we were in trouble.  Going to the office was not something we did voluntarily under any circumstances.

The ban, which has outraged students and parents, came into effect two weeks ago. Students can bring sponge or other soft balls to school to play with, but soccer balls, footballs, baseballs and even tennis balls must be left at home for 'safety reasons'.

Even tennis balls are banned?!  You cannot be serious!

Youngsters took to the playground on Wednesday to protest against the ban chanting; 'We want our balls back!'

You mean BOYS chanted we want our balls back, don't you?  One, girls wouldn't care about having their balls back; either literally or figuratively, they wouldn't care about that.  Two, girls aren't competitive and aggressive like those stupid, icky boys.  Is it any wonder that boys are chanting that they want their balls back though?  After a lifetime of being emasculated, is it any wonder?

Some parents say the ban is excessive and unfair to children who like to play outside.

'My husband freaked right out. He thought, this is absolutely insane.' said Diana Symonds whose son goes to the school.

Chris Stateski, who has a son in second grade and a daughter in fourth, said he was 'disgusted' to hear about the ban, which he felt was an overreaction.

'A lot of things could happen. A child could trip on the asphalt, a child could fall off the monkey bars and break their arm,' Mr Stateski told CBC News.

Yeah, and a lot of school playgrounds here in America have either been dismantled, or pending dismantlement, are put off limits to the kids.  After all, we can't have those kids fall off the monkey bars and break their arms now.  At least that's the case here in America.  As Rush said, we're raising a nation of wusses.  Yet women wonder WHERE the 'real men' went-incredible...

'So many things could happen. What are they going to do — cover the schoolyard in pillows and take all the doors off the hinges?'

'It's just too much.'

Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten said she stands behind the principal's decision but thinks a balance should be found between keeping kids safe and letting them play.

That's no surprise; Miss Fernandez' superior is a fellow, man-hating feminazi...

'I get the idea of wanting to ensure that kids are safe. I also know that principals know the lay of the land at their schools,' Ms Broten told CBC News.

'I feel confident that the right balance will be found and that we will see a community conversation happen with the principal, with the board and with parents at that school.'

The conversation that'll happen, if it's anything like here in America, will be a one way dictation from the school administration dictating that this is how things will be, and if the voters don't like it, tough.

A spokeswoman with Toronto District School Board says the ban is a temporary measure and the principal will consult with parents and staff to find a solution.

The only sensible solution is to rescind this stupid ban!  Banning all balls but nerf balls-incredible...

Anna Caputo says the school — which has almost 350 students from junior kindergarten to grade eight as well as a daycare for younger children — has a very small yard and there have been a number of injuries.

As someone above pointed out, the kids could get hurt falling down, for cryin' out loud!  What're we going to do, ban all outside play?  That's happening at an increasing number of American elementary schools; recess (i.e. time on the playground) is being banned-all ostensibly for safety, of course.  You know what I think?  I think this is the result of the feminazi school administrators acting out on their hatred for anything male.


Before I close out, did anyone take a look at the source article?  Though I reprinted it in its entirety, I don't include pictures and their captions, because it's too much of a PITA to do so.  I also want my readers to check my sources, so they can see that: 1) I'm NOT making this stuff up; 2) that I'm reprinting everything from the article; 3) to see any and all pictures with the article; and 4) read the comments, which are often quite good.   Anyway, Miss Alicia Fernandez looks like a dyke!  If I hadn't known I was looking at a woman, I would have done a double take; I would have had to examine it closely to try to discern the person's sex.  I'm serious!  She looks like a soft butch dyke.  I'd bet money on it.

Well, that concludes my thoughts on Miss Alicia Fernandez and the Earl Beatty Public School's RIDICULOUS ban on all hard balls.  I cannot make this stuff up; I just can't!  Until next time...



Yael said...

'I bet that the parent was a woman, because she thought the laws of physics didn't apply to her.'

You know what they say when you assume...

'You mean BOYS chanted we want our balls back, don't you? One, girls wouldn't care about having their balls back; either literally or figuratively, they wouldn't care about that. Two, girls aren't competitive and aggressive like those stupid, icky boys.'

Again with the assumptions. While boys tend to have a greater interest in sports on average, plenty of girls play sports too, even in elementary/middle school. I played soccer competitively from elementary school to my sophomore year of high school. I was on the softball team all through high school in the summers and sophomore year when I quit the soccer team, I took up girls' basketball. Now, I'm fairly certain that in all of these sports, my teammates were actual girls who took a sincere interest in playing and competing (and not boys in disguise). We had fun, got lots of exercise, and made great friendships and memories.

Taking sports away from children hurts both boys and girls. In one way, it hurts boys more because as both you and I seem to agree on, boys are on average naturally more personally invested in sports than girls. On the other hand, it also hurts girls a lot, because girls don't always share that natural inclination to be quite so physically active to the same extent that boys do, and it's important to make sure that they develop a healthy attitude toward exercise while they're young. Of course, it takes more than that to discourage obesity, but promoting physical activity definitely helps boys and girls.

'I think this is the result of the feminazi school administrators acting out on their hatred for anything male.'

I have a different opinion on what I think is going on. I think that the school administration is terrified of being sued by the mother or father who got a concussion, in light of the lawsuit-happy time we seem to live in. But we can only speculate as to what was going through these people's heads, since that information is not available.

One thing I think we can agree on is that the administration's response to the situation is thoroughly obnoxious and over-the-top. There's no way to completely prevent kids from getting injured, and it's foolhardy to try. I mean, it's one thing to reduce the likelihood of kids being critically injured as much as possible (i.e., keeping them from being exposed to toxic substances, making sure that the play equipment doesn't have a major design flaw that would cause them to be impaled, the serious sort of stuff). But kids are supposed to get hurt a little bit (the occasional scraped knee, minor cut, and so on). It toughens them up, teaches them to endure a little pain. There's a difference between protecting kids and completely sheltering them, and this school administration seems to have no concept of that.

Greg said...

I'd be ok with balls being restricted to certain areas (eg. the playing fields plus maybe one or two walls for wallball).

People don't expect to see balls flying at them in certain areas (eg. playground, areas where girls are skipping)

Opus said...

It's Feminist Canada, specifically Mangina Ontario. Of course its true!

Anonymous said...

Not surprised this happened in Toronto. One of the most liberal cities in N.A. Though they did finally elect a right leaning mayor.

Zorro said...

People who enable this pussy behavior need to be publicly beaten senseless.

Yes. I wrote it and I meant it.

djc said...

"We want our balls back."

Literally, and figuratively. LOL!

sestamibi said...

What's a PITA?

MarkyMark said...


Anonymous said...

Why do girls play softball?
Because they are weak and have poor eye to hand co-ordination.