Gloucester schools ban monkey bars after injuries

Are the monkey bars at school too dangerous or are Gloucester County's children being overprotected? This is a question school officials and some parents are wrestling with in the wake of an unusual run of ... Full Story
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Wussification of America

Gloucester, VA

#1 Nov 19, 2006
Need I say more...can we make our kids any more softer, fatter or whinier. Don't keep score at junior soccer games, boys are over drugged with narcs for ADD/ADHD, 12 year old girls look like street walkers with makeup and slinky clothes and parents can't handle the fact their kids are under achievers so we do away with AP to make everyone feel good about themselves....Geez leave the damn monkey bars alone! Johnny would be fit enough to play if he just got his ass out from behind the X-Box set every now and then! Parents...you are rendering our kids ignorant, dumb and out of shape! Congrats~
pjtmay

Jackson, MS

#2 Oct 10, 2007
Sorry, I disagree. If you do research you will find a great number of children are injured from the fall from the monkeybars (usually 8 ft) and breaks resulting in no ground covering under the equipment. My daughter was using the equipment properly...and broke BOTH arms. After surgery to repair both arms...and 8 weeks in cast...homebound for school...and unable to do basic life skills appropriate for her age....TAKE THEM OUT!!
ernurse

United States

#3 Nov 25, 2007
I've been an ER nurse for 11 years now and have seen very few, if any, injuries related to monkey bars. I agree that ground covering is needed to make them safer if a fall does occur but taking the monkey bars off the playground altogether is ridiculous. Kids need this kind of equipment to develop strength and confidence, plus monkey bars are FUN! Kids in the U.S. need as much outdoor activity as we can give them so let's leave the playground alone. In fact, we as parents, should be encouraging playground use.
adner resident

Reedville, VA

#4 Nov 25, 2007
WELL SAID
Wussification of America wrote:
Need I say more...can we make our kids any more softer, fatter or whinier. Don't keep score at junior soccer games, boys are over drugged with narcs for ADD/ADHD, 12 year old girls look like street walkers with makeup and slinky clothes and parents can't handle the fact their kids are under achievers so we do away with AP to make everyone feel good about themselves....Geez leave the damn monkey bars alone! Johnny would be fit enough to play if he just got his ass out from behind the X-Box set every now and then! Parents...you are rendering our kids ignorant, dumb and out of shape! Congrats~
eve

Rye, NY

#5 Sep 14, 2008
You wouldn't say leave those monkey bars alone when your child breaks his arm and you have to sit there while the doctor resets in back into place. You hear your six year old screaming and the tears running down their face and there isn't anything you could do! I say get them the hell out of schools especially when nobody watches your children like you do.
jocko

Lawrence, KS

#6 Sep 15, 2008
eve wrote:
You wouldn't say leave those monkey bars alone when your child breaks his arm and you have to sit there while the doctor resets in back into place. You hear your six year old screaming and the tears running down their face and there isn't anything you could do! I say get them the hell out of schools especially when nobody watches your children like you do.
Why do we impose one parents rules on all the other students? Shouldn't those who want it, be allowed to have it?
Laura B

Rogers, AR

#7 Nov 7, 2008
Wow, talk about ignorant. Not all injuries come from overweight or lazy kids. My seven year old daughter is as fit as they come. She can out run boys in older grades and probably you too. Her hand slipped off the monkey bars last week and she severly broke her arm and had to have a four hour surgery, put back together with pins. It cut her artery open like a razorblade and she'll have to have it checked for years to come and physical therapy. I think monkey bars should be removed because too many injuries occur. This is something that could be prevented. I am all for getting rid of them.
Nancy

AOL

#8 Nov 7, 2008
I have two kids and I know that you can break both arms falling off a bike, falling off a trampoline, ice skating, roller skating, the list goes on... My daughter dislocated her knee at the bowling alley just by turning around.. She almost passed out from the pain and yes we heard her scream bloody murder when they pushed it back into place.. Taking out the monkey bars isn't going to do a thing. Kids are going to get hurt. I have had a trampoline for years.. some parents say oh no .. don't let my kids on it.. mine have played on it for 10 years.. never one injury.... some kids I know go on it once and they fall off and break an arm.. Your kids are going to get hurt.. LET THEM PLAY .. LEAVE THE MONKEY BARS THERE !!! I know the school nurse and she says the injuries are very few from the monkey bars.. this isn't the answer..
"You wouldn't say leave those monkey bars alone when your child breaks his arm and you have to sit there while the doctor resets in back into place. You hear your six year old screaming and the tears running down their face and there isn't anything you could do! I say get them the hell out of schools especially when nobody watches your children like you do."
Linda -

Dover, DE

#9 Jun 18, 2009
It is true they do NOT belong there. It is also true that unless YOU have a child who has been injured on Monkey Bars or other related equipment
you can't possibly weigh in (ER Nurse or otherwise).. My son, at the age of 8 slipped from
Monkey Bars on his school playground; a playground
on which I personally witnessed a serious lack of
supervision while volunteering on various occasions. On one particular day, I received a call from the school principal notifying me that my son had fallen from the Monkey Bars and "may" have broken his arm. When I arrived and picked him up I learned (from my daughter who was also on the playground) that my son was lying there screaming at first, then when NO ONE HEARD him, he
got up and walked with his partially dislocated arm hanging over to the circle of "yacking" teachers (Nancy, you are correct...NO ONE watches your children like you do). Bottom line is he had one bone fractured and the other dislocated in the same arm. He also suffered nerve damage for several months which thank God ended up not to be permanent but could have been. He walked around with his hand cupped (crippled) due to not having use/control over three fingers in his right hand - Believe me, THATS a sight that'll make people pull their heads out of the sand - especially if it is THEIR child. The fact that watching the hospital officials popping your child's arm back into place is horrifying is an understatement !! By the way, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children's Emergency Dept. had "staggering" statistics back then with regard to Monkey Bars and Trampolines from which they see the most injuries. I think they are more versed in the dangers of this type of equipment than your average (general population) hospital staff. P.S. The school in question pulled the monkey bars off of the playground not after my sons injury, but after their insurance company was made liable to pay the medical bills !! Be it known to all parents that all schools (at least in most states I am aware of..)
are legally bound to carry Medical/Liability Insurance and that they ARE legally responsible if your child gets injured on (what is supposed to be) their watch. If enough people hold them to their responsibility they will take more care and make the playgrounds more safe for our children. To those with the cute comments above, just remember: " It is parents like myself who did take a stand that have potentially prevented "your" children or grandchildren from suffering similar or worse injuries...."
Page McConnell

Gloucester, VA

#10 Aug 17, 2009
Oh, this is just going to make everything in Gloucester, VA more retarded.

Typing aloud.. moving on.
carolin

Macon, GA

#11 Aug 24, 2009
My daughter just got her cast put on today. she has 3 broken bones from a fall from monkey bars at school. the teacher just took her back to the class room it wasnt untill my 5yr old daughter was screaming for me did they try to call me!! she thought she was just being dramatic.they didnt tell me that another child fell ontop of her my daughter had to tell me that! I dont know how i feel tho about pulling them from the school. In all reality we can not put them in a bubble they will get hurt. as a child i jumped in a puddle fell backwards and broke my wrist, so anything can happen. however somthing does need to be done about the proper responce and attention being paid at the schools
accidents happen

Aylett, VA

#12 Sep 5, 2009
last year they removed the old, but very sturdy monkey bars at abingdon....now they've put in the new playgrounds, which are very cheaply made and include climbing walls, bars, etc...that look like they will fall apart with the least bit of wear and tear...dumb
FL parent

Sun City, FL

#13 Sep 27, 2009
My 7 year old daughter just fell from monkey bars on Friday. These weren't old style monkey bars, they're some new kind that consist of rotating rings. Broke the radius and ulna in her right arm. The ulna ended up on top of the ulna, and the radius on top of the radius, the nurses and doctors were positive she needed surgery. I was told this was a horrific break and rarely seen. Specialist said no surgery. Hospital didn't give her anything for pain for 4-5 hours. Then used a pain killer and ketamine to set her arm, doctor said ketamine is "PCPs cousin" real comforting. They just got her high as a kite (she felt them setting her arm, I could hear her screams) so she wouldn't remember the pain. After the set I had to listen to her say "you've got two heads' you've got one eye' you've got 3 eyes" for around a half hour. Amusing but profoundly disturbing. Doctor said it wasn't set perfectly but it would be fine, WHAT???!!!
Another FL parent

Orlando, FL

#14 Nov 18, 2009
My 7-year-old just broke her radius in on both ends and ulna (a bone fragment is displaced and may need surgery) from falling from the new kind of monkey bar rings. They were shocked it was such a bad break. The orthopedic clinic said they get more injuries from monkey bars than for football. I would not let her try this without helping her until she was confident.
DeDe

Gloucester, VA

#15 Nov 20, 2009
My child has hurt herself as well on these bars at school(and it wasn't minor). Scary for me, of course. Just like if they got hurt at home, running, jumping, playing, riding their bike, trampolines, swingsets, scooters, need I go on? I've got an idea. Let's just ban our kids from being kids. More TV, more video games! NO excercise. Nope, it's too dangerous.
OR, we could allow our children to be children knowing that anything can result in an injury or accident. The fact that this happens on the playground makes no difference. So, what, if we're their to supervise them ourselves. I've been right next to my child on a cement porch when she slipped and hit her head. Terrifying for me!!! It is heartbreaking that my child EVER gets hurt. But it is part of life. Shall we ban sports? Football can be quite dangerous. As well as Every sport in their own right. I'd rather my child be allowed to LIVE and enjoy life rather than keep them in a bubble and miserable. And God forbid anything tragic does happen, I'd know my child was loved and happy and got to experience life, not be sheltered from it. God gave us this life to live and I intend to let my kids do just that. Make NO mistake, my kids Are my LIFE and my job is to protect them. I love my kids and I am a good mom. But I will not deprive them and shelter them and prevent them from experiencing their full childhood because of my own fears. I will not teach them to live in fear, but overcome it. We are all going way overboard, living in fear and it is time to show our children a better way.
Lisa

Andover, MA

#16 Apr 4, 2010
My son just broke his arm horribly jumping off a swing. So many people at the hospital were surprised when they heard it WASN'T the monkey bars. Makes you wonder. Obviously I want my children to be active, but if there's a way to make the monkey bars safer - I'm all for it.
Kavita

Carpentersville, IL

#17 Jun 14, 2010
I would strongly vote for taking off the monkey bars from playgrounds and schools. My son is 6 and he broke multiple bones in his hand this labor day weekend and he is in cast. He had to undergo emergency surgery as his bone had broken in to two. Even the hospital we visited all the doctors and nurses said that monkey bars were the number 1 reason why children age 5-8 break there bones and have injuries. I would say they should be banned. I had no idea of the danger till my son had the injury and we were told by doctors. There are many safer games and sports that kids can play. Additionally there should be a display of age for using all equipment at the park and public places.
Don-in-Gloc

Gloucester, VA

#18 Jun 14, 2010
Kavita wrote:
I would strongly vote for taking off the monkey bars from playgrounds and schools. My son is 6 and he broke multiple bones in his hand this labor day weekend and he is in cast. He had to undergo emergency surgery as his bone had broken in to two. Even the hospital we visited all the doctors and nurses said that monkey bars were the number 1 reason why children age 5-8 break there bones and have injuries. I would say they should be banned. I had no idea of the danger till my son had the injury and we were told by doctors. There are many safer games and sports that kids can play. Additionally there should be a display of age for using all equipment at the park and public places.
I really do not understand why there should be signs to tell the age of usage on park equipment when the parent is perfectly capable of determining their child's ability. Besides a 5 year old should not be unaccompanied nor could he read the sign.
R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y
KIM

UK

#19 Jul 16, 2010
I am 7 years old and broke both arms falling off new monkey bars onto the rubber high grip surface.
The playground is at Lister Close,Purley on Thames,UK.Near the Church of England Infant school.
My dad reported that the bars are very high to West Berks Council but they so far have not replied.
Rambo

United States

#20 Jul 17, 2010
Gloucester kids must be wimps. Maybe they play will dolls and tea sets instead of male games.

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