Egg and gloom for school sports day
Parents have been banned from attending a school sports day for fear of "embarrassing" their children.
Head teacher Judith Wressel is introducing a less competitive format for the event at Maney Hill Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.
This includes scrapping the egg and spoon and sack races, which apparently cause too much stress to those who don't win them.
Ms Wressel said in a letter to parents: "Taking part in traditional races can be difficult and often embarrassing for many children.
"This is why we now envisage a different outdoor activity event which will suit all children."
The decision is not popular with some parents.
Rob Busst, whose two sons attend the school, said: "They are trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. This is political correctness gone mad.
"Children don't become scarred for life because they lose the egg and spoon race."
But they could easily be left with egg on their faces.
The second primary school I went to had a headteacher who refused to have a sports day, and used to pick the school football and cricket teams not on who was the best sportsmen/women, but on who had behaved best. Soon after I left she was ousted by the PTA and governors.
However in the first primary school I went to sports day was a huge event, I used to dream of my yellow house lifting that cup... and we did thanks to my superb Egg and Spoon race victory and my comprehensive Dressing Up race win... probably my only sporting acheivement in which I became a cross dresser within 30 seconds of starting.
I envisaged an adidas endorsement and £££'s coming my way but it never did... I was mentally scarred because of winning, especially when I wasn't allowed to represent my house in its defence of the cup because I was cruelly moved to another house, bloody Green.