Wednesday, March 3, 1999 Published at 09:57 GMT
Playground ban on kiss chase
An old playground game has a new twist
A school has banned the children's game kiss chase because of the fear of spreading diseases such as meningitis.
The headteacher at Cheynes Infant School in Luton, Maureen FitzGerald. says she has discovered some children are attempting to put tongues in each other's mouths.
She has written to parents of children aged between four and seven announcing the ban.
"This seems quite an innocent game and has been played by many children for many years," said the letter.
"Unfortunately, it has been brought to my attention that whilst playing this game some children are attempting to put their tongues into other children's mouths.
"Naturally we do not deem this to be appropriate behaviour and cannot condone this exchange of body fluids.
"We are therefore banning kiss chase as a game to be played in school. We are sure you will support us with this decision."
Parents outside the school backed the ruling.
"I think it was on a small number of children involved," said one.
"But once one tried to put a tongue inside a mouth it could quickly spread."
Another added: "If my seven-year-old child came home and said a boy had a tongue in her mouth I would be the first to be up at the school complaining.
"It was best to nip it in the bud. There has been an outbreak of meningitis in Bedfordshire and parents are concerned. You have to be so careful."