Loc: New Hampshire
http://www.cnn.com/2004/EDUCATION/11/11/no.cartwheels.reut/index.html<br><br>LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Cartwheels and handstands have gotten an 11-year-old girl temporarily bounced out of her Los Angeles-area school.<br><br>Deirdre Faegre was suspended for a week after repeatedly disobeying school officials who told her not to perform gymnastic stunts during lunchtime.<br><br>"Our first concern is the safety of all children," San Jose-Edison Academy Principal Denise Patton told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.<br><br>Patton said Deirdre could accidentally strike another student, or injure herself, and other children could get hurt trying to imitate Deirdre, who has been doing gymnastics for five years.<br><br>Deirdre's father, Leland Faegre, said it was absurd to suspend his daughter for doing gymnastics when students were allowed to play basketball and other sports.<br><br>"Contact sports, apparently, are fine. But this one is so dangerous it requires the cartwheel cops," Faegre said.<br><br>---------------------------------------<br><br>what's next? I think the school chess team should watch their backs.<br><br>[color:blue]All your sock puppets are belong to us</font color=blue>
I heard about this story. It seems that the girl was doing cartwheels and flips in crowds of kids. The danger here is that she could easily hit someone. I know it doesn't sound like anything on the surface, but think about the impact of a arm or leg completeing an almost complete circle landing on you. In Martial Arts, we call that an Anvil Kick or Hammer Blow. There's easily enough force to break bone. <br><br>If that happened, who would be responsible? The girl, yes, but also the school for letting it happen. Who's going to pay the law suit for the school? The public.<br><br>I'm sensitive to schools over reacting, but in this case, the girl was clearly in the wrong.<br><br>
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