Grammar: Hold

The children in class held hands when they walked outside to go to someplace away from the school, like a museum. They also held hands for some kinds of sports in gym class. When they ran, they had to run at the same pace because of this. One child sometimes held another child’s arm because it was easier. The staff discussed this and other policies when they held meetings once a week. In one of the meetings, one teacher, who holds the position of monitoring child safety, mentioned that some children held their breath during recess as a kind of competition. They sometimes held their breath too long, and fell over. That teacher thought they should hold a special hearing about changing school policies and rules to prevent this competition. “The parents hold us accountable for the children’s safety and this is not safe,” she explained. The other teachers agreed.