Dangerous Playground Structure Suddenly Not Dangerous

Hey Readers — You may recall this post from two weeks ago about playground equipment purchased by a Fairfax, VA, PTA from a reputable manufacturer that was installed at a local grammar school over the summer and then suddenly declared “unsafe.” Since Nov. 30 it had been wrapped up in tape of every sort — yellow crime tape and red metaphorical tape — even though the very same piece of equipment can be found in over 1,000 other playgrounds nationally, and it meets all national and even some international safety standards.

Well praise the lord and jump over the monkey bars, because the intrepid  T. Rees Shapiro of The Washington Post reports the district has now changed its (freakin’) mind:

A dispute over a Fairfax County elementary school playground structure has been resolved after a school district official announced Wednesday that the equipment would no longer be off-limits to students.

The decision by Jeffrey Platenberg, assistant superintendent for facilities, means students at Stratford Landing Elementary School soon will be able to use the apparatus during recess. Platenberg’s decisionreversed an administration ruling requiring the removal of the $35,000 structure that had been purchased with funds raised by the school’s Parent Teacher Association.

Hooray and let the fun begin…once a slight modification is made to one part of the structure — the razor wire climbing bar at the top. (Nahhh. Actually, some spinning thing up there.)

I can’t help but think that the outcry created by The Washington Post and echoed throughout the blogosphere had something to do with the reversal. At least, I like to think that. Because I sure love aiding and abetting common sense. – L.

Come hither, kids!

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