July 19, 2005 – No hands handstand

Today before work I picked up Harry Potter 6 on DVD! Woohoo!

At work during a kids class, one of the students thought it would be fun to do a headstand against the wall. He got into an impressive headstand position, then removed his hands so his entire weight was being supported by his head. His 5 year old neck buckled, and he fell to the floor in a heap.

For those wondering, a typical NOVA kids classroom has no furniture. Classes for younger kids feature a lot of moving around, with some sitting on the floor for textbook work. It is not uncommon for kids to be moving around.

I have seen kids throwing things, trying to escape the classroom, and fighting before, but I had never seen a kid try to do a no hands handstand before. I didn’t really know what to do, so I went over, helped him up, and asked if he was okay. He said yes, so I continued with the class.

As soon as I turned my back for a second, he was back against the wall doing yet another no hands headstand. The results were exactly the same as the first time, except this time he grabbed his neck and started yelling “itai! itai! (it hurts! it hurts!)”. I told him not to do that again in both languages. Moments later he was trying once again to break his little neck for a third time. I picked him up and moved him away from the wall while he was laughing.

I don’t understand children. Not at all.

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