'Banning cartwheels: school litigation fears are unfounded' | Law

'Banning cartwheels: school litigation fears are unfounded'

Professor Prue Vines writes in The Conversation (30 August 2012).

A few schools have hit the headlines recently for banning traditional playground activities like cartwheels, handstands, ball games and even high fives.

Parents are rightly objecting to the bans, and pointing to the increasingly litigious society we live in. They say the schools are fearful of being sued, and even more fearful they might be sued successfully.

But are schools' fears well-founded?

No lawyer could ever give a 100% guarantee of not being sued. But the perceptions that we live in an increasingly litigious society have no foundation in reality.

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