You knew it would come to this: after a little girl in Richland died following a head injury incurred in an unspecified swingset accident, the school is removing the playground equipment due to pressure from their insurance carrier. While it's certainly a terrible loss for family and friends of the child, it's not the fault of the swingset; most injuries occur when kids walk or run either behind or in front of a swing in use - which speaks to the level of supervision by staff during recess, rather than to any inherent dangers associated with swingsets.
In general, such equipment these days is located above a deep layer of wood chips in order to minimize injuries from falls, whereas when I was a kid, the substrate beneath swingsets, monkey bars, and so on was generally asphalt. We toughened up fast!
And in related news from Northwest Washington, the Seattle school board voted unanimously last Wednesday to celebrate "Indigenous Peoples' Day" on what used to be known as "Columbus Day". Seattle City Council votes today on doing likewise.
The Seattle City Council will vote Monday to decide whether it will also celebrate “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on Columbus Day, the station reported. Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday in October.
“We know Columbus Day is a federal holiday, we are not naive about that, but what we can do and what you have seen is a movement,” said Matt Remle, who supports the change.
Interestingly, I saw a movement just this morning - after I got off the toilet and glanced in.