Editorial Board


Story by Spectator Staff

To let kids be kids requires trust and faith. The sledding bans in communities from Iowa, New Jersey, Nebraska and Indiana are making it increasingly more difficult to let kids enjoy the things members of this board enjoyed as children. Sledding injuries have led to lawsuits paying out more than $2 million in Omaha, Neb. and Sioux City, Iowa and left municipalities vulnerable.

Members of The Spectator Editorial Board agreed there’s nothing the local governments could do to truly stop all sledders from using a hill in the backyard to sled, let alone any other hill.

One member said while it made sense why parents would sue after their children suffered sledding injuries, sledding has an inherent risk factor and anyone who sleds must know the risk they’re taking.

“Super dangerous but super fun,” the speaker said. “Kids everywhere get hurt and growing up is about falling down and getting back up.”

Another member said the larger issue was the United State’s lawsuit problem, questioning what someone can sue over.

One speaker said “sled at your own risk” signs were posted around sledding areas where this speaker grew up. The speaker continued to say a warning sign as such is more than enough warning for the activity.

While the editorial board unanimously agreed bans on sledding are unnecessary and banning recreational activities such as sledding hurts the efforts for kids to go out and play, one speaker said sledding should be an easy process and suggested making sledders sign waivers of liability beforehand.