No Talking During Lunch At School
Why is that some of the most egregious examples of stupidity seem to come from school administrators? Following a spate of choking incidents a school has banned talking during school lunches.
A Roman Catholic elementary school adopted new lunchroom rules this week requiring students to remain silent while eating. The move comes after three recent choking incidents in the cafeteria.
No one was hurt, but the principal of St. Rose of Lima School explained in a letter to parents that if the lunchroom is loud, staff members cannot hear a child choking.
Well, gee maybe because they are choking and can’t make a sound?
As I noted before, the number of deaths attributable to school shootings is slightly over 37. Yet neither schools nor parents are issuing/demanding bullet proof vests for their children. How many children die from choking at school during lunch? And keep in mind that eating during lunch is something that 100% of all students do (well okay maybe the anorexics don’t eat)–that is even if the number of choking deaths is higher that is somewhat to be expected given the high participation rate.
Just another example of how some people can be so mind-bogglingly bad at assessing relative risks.