Skateboard ban at Calgary high school has nothing to do with weapons: board

A longstanding ban on skateboards at a Calgary Catholic high school has nothing to do with the boards being used as weapons, says a spokeswoman for the school district.

CALGARY — A longstanding ban on skateboards at a Calgary Catholic high school has nothing to do with the boards being used as weapons, says a spokeswoman for the school district.

Some students at St. Francis Senior High School have suggested that the ban was put in place to prevent violence in school.

But Janet Sutherland of the Calgary Catholic School District says administrators are worried about students falling off the boards or running into each other.

She says there was never any suggestion skateboards could be used for violence, and notes anything brought to school could conceivably be used as a weapon.

Students have started a petition with more than 800 signatures calling for a reversal of the ban, which has been in place for several years.

But Sutherland says the petition is unlikely to change a policy meant to keep students safe.

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