Heck, most insurance companies would like to keep children seatbelted to their chairs and strapped to blood pressure cuffs.

In the ongoing effort to remove any semblance of self-imposed risk from civilized society, a school district in the state of Washington has banned swing sets from all of its playgrounds.

The Richland School District has decided to phase out the kinetic playground equipment, citing “pressure from insurance companies over the liability,” according to KEPR-TV News.

“As schools get modernized or renovated or as we’re doing work on the playground equipment, we’ll take out the swings, it’s just really a safety issue, swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the playground equipment on a playground,” Richland School District’s communications director, Steve Aagard, told KEPR.

For many observers, abolishing a time-honored fixture of childhood play represents a dramatic step backward in the losing battle to preserve and grow a young person’s sense of individual freedom in America’s increasingly effete and passive culture.

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