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Ban skateboarding in public places?

NEWS FACT: Skateboarding skateboarding

Form of recreation, popular among youths, in which a person rides standing balanced on a small board mounted on wheels. The skateboard first appeared in the early 1960s on paved areas along California beaches as a makeshift diversion for surfers when the ocean
 bans are being considered in many U.S. cities and towns. One Philadelphia suburb may abolish skateboarding on public and private property unless the owner gives permission. In Omaha, Nebraska “Omaha” redirects here. For other uses, see Omaha (disambiguation).
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 in the downtown area.

Residents and business owners say that skateboarding damages sidewalks, benches, and other property. By doing dangerous stunts on busy streets, critics argue, kids are putting themselves and others at risk.

Opponents of the bans say that skateboarding is a form of transportation that does not harm the environment. It also helps kids--and adults--stay active.

For lots of kids, skateboarding is just plain fun. It keeps them from getting bored or into trouble. While many towns now have skate parks, other places still don't. Skateboarders there are asking, "Where are we supposed to go?"

What Do You Think?

Should skateboarding be banned in public areas?


Ernesto Ocegueda, 14, has mixed emotions about skateboarding bans. But the eighth-grader at De Anza Middle School in Ontario, California Ontario is a city located in San Bernardino County, California, United States. As of the 2000 Census, the city had a total population of 170,373. It is the home of LA/Ontario International Airport and the huge Ontario Mills shopping mall (the largest in Southern California and one , says that he understands "the need to protect schools and other private property."

These concerns are very real. "An accident can occur in a public place, such as a business," explains Ernesto's classmate, 14-year-old Juan Mendez. "Then the owner of that business could be sued by the parents of the child."

Koraima Mejia, 14, is not a skateboarder. She believes that skateboarding is a waste of time. "Kids should do something more important than skating around," sags the eighth-grader at Darwin Elementary School elementary school: see school.  in Chicago, Illinois. "They might hurt themselves, and they might hurt other people if they are skating in public places."

Her classmate Jose Castrejon, 13, agrees. "Kids should be at home studying," he tells JS. "Or their parents should take them to skate parks."


As Councilman Craig Alberhasky of Omaha, Nebraska, told the Omaha World-Herald The Omaha World-Herald, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is the primary daily newspaper of Nebraska as well as portions of southwest Iowa. It is the largest employee-owned newspaper company in the United States. History
The newspaper was founded in 1885 by Gilbert M.
, bans on skateboarding are unnecessary. "What's next?" he said. "Are we going to tell these kids they can't drive a bike down the ... street?"

"That's why it's called public--because people can go there and be able to do whatever they want," says Yuliana Quezada, 14. An eighth-grader at Darwin Elementary, Yuliana believes that "[teens] need to have a hobby and get exercise." Skateboarding, she adds, keeps some kids from getting into trouble or doing drugs.

Yuliana's classmate, Tomas Diaz, says that skateboarding can even lead to a lucrative future. "Skateboarding is a good hobby because it could turn into a good career in extreme sports extreme sports

Sports events characterized by high speed or high risk. Such sports include aggressive inline skating, wakeboarding, street luge, skateboarding, and freestyle bicycle events (wherein tricks such as back flips are performed on a bicycle).
, like Tony Hawk
This article is about the American skateboarder. For the British comedian and author, see Tony Hawks. For the New Zealand basketball player, see Tony Hawke.
Anthony Frank Hawk (born May 12 1968), known as Tony Hawk
, my skateboarding hero," says Tomas. "Also, the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  has rights, and one of them is freedom of expression. Skateboarding is like a freedom of expression."
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Publication:Junior Scholastic
Date:Apr 30, 2007
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