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WINDHAM, N.H. (AP) – A New Hampshire school district has banned
dodgeball and other "human target" activities over concerns about
violence and bullying.
school board in Windham
voted 4-1 last week to remove the game and nine others from the district's
Eagle-Tribune reports the board voted after a committee of physical education
teachers studied the issue. A middle school parent complained his child was
bullied during a dodgeball game.
committee recommended eliminating the game, and others, including prison ball,
slaughter, and bombardment.
spend a lot of time making sure our kids are violence free," Windham superintendent
Dr. Henry LaBranche said. "Here we have games where we use children as
targets. That seems to be counter to what we are trying to accomplish with our
Board member Dennis Senibaldi cast the sole vote against the ban.
have rules that are set in place to deal with bullying," he said. "We
don't need to ban an entire round of games just to enforce those rules."
National Association for Sport and Physical Education said there are any number
of reasons to drop dodgeball.
an elimination game," said Andrew Mead, program manager at NASPE.
"Games like dodgeball and tag don't keep kids involved and physically
active. They objectify slower students who don't catch as well."
offered a solution.
could just do it on a point system," he said. "So, no one gets
knocked out right away."
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