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Sledding banned on popular Massachusetts hill

January 14, 2011 |  5:24 pm

Officials at a Massachusetts school have put the word out that students are banned from sledding down a hill behind the learning institution.

The problem isn't that kids at Raynham Middle School are cutting classes, but themselves -- the trails on the hill lead right to a parking lot at the bottom, which has resulted in numerous scrapes and bruises.

"It proceeds directly into an area where there are vehicles," school committee member Gordon Luciano told reporter Christina Hager from CBS affiliate WBZ-TV. "We’ve had numerous accidents here, we've had ambulance calls, some injuries to our children."

School officials sent an e-mail to all the residents of Raynham warning that the hill is unsafe and off-limits, to no avail.

"There’s nowhere else as good as this. This is the biggest hill," said a teenager, while showing Hager the scrapes on his chin from a fall.

"No trespassing" signs have been ordered, but will likely be of no use this winter, as crews have to wait until the ground thaws before they can install them. In the meantime, it sounds as if the kids will be kids.

-- Kelly Burgess

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Video credit: WBZ-TV

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