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Only in America: The swing set ban

Elementary schools are pressured into removing their swing sets — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

Elementary schools in Richland, Washington, are removing swing sets from school playgrounds under pressure from insurers. Swings are "the most unsafe of all the playground equipment," said school district spokesman Steve Aagard. But many residents disagree, saying that playing on swings is all part of growing up. "They were our great joy," said one local.