Broomsticks and devil’’s forks deemed hazardous for Brit kids health!

October 25th, 2008 - 6:13 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 25 (ANI): British nursery Langham Pre-School, near Colchester, Essex, has banned kids from bringing in broomsticks and pitchforks or other such objects during Hallowe”en.

Due to health and safety fears, the pre-schools committee decided upon the ban, especially after a child was hurt last year.

However, it did not sit well with the parents, who have criticised it as health and safety gone too far.

Sally Cowley, a 39-year-old mother-of-two who runs the nearby Boxted mother and toddler group, finds the decision sad.

I think it’’s sad it has come to this. It’’s the same as banning conkers, the Telegraph quoted her as saying.

I think we need to really think sensibly about things before we ban them, rather than being pushed into doing something because someone says something might happen, she said.

The fancy-dress party, which is held at the village community centre, has been running for six years in a row, and it is the nursery’’s main fundraiser, attracting about 100 children and their families.

John Smith, who is the pre-school committee’’s chairman and a primary school headteacher, defended the decision.

It was not a whim, it was a considered decision, he said.

Last year, a child brought a full-size broomstick and another child got hurt.

It’’s common practice when you have children running round you don”t have broomsticks or forks, he stated.

A spokesman for the Pre-school Learning Alliance added: Banning broomsticks at a Halloween party, however well-meaning, is taking health and safety a little to the extreme. (ANI)

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