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Windham school board votes to ban dodgeball

The Windham School District has banned dodgeball and other “human target” activities over concerns about violence and bullying.

The school board voted, 4-1, last week to remove the game and nine others from the district’s curriculum.

The Eagle-Tribune reported 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.

The committee recommended eliminating the game, and others, including prison ball, slaughter and bombardment.

“We 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 anti-bullying campaign.”

School board member Dennis Senibaldi cast the sole vote against the ban.

“We 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.”

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education said there are any number of reasons to drop dodgeball.

“It’s 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.”

Senibaldi offered a solution.

“We could just do it on a point system,” he said. “So, no one gets knocked out right away.”

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Would it surprise any reader if these looney Board members that have made Windham the laughing stock of the nation were liberal democrats

One uninformed board member said that dodgeball can cause concussions. I guess the board member forgot to do research, if he did he would have found that dodgeball in Windham is played with nerf balls. Hardly think nerf balls cause concusions. There seems to be a war on boys to stop them from doing anything. Maybe that is why so many young men are angry these days. Sitting around and discussing feelings does not seem to be producing young men who are happy.

Maybe I'll have a change of heart here after reading they use Nerf balls instead of soccer balls. Nerf balls to play dodge ball, is so first grade.

There's no need to ban dodge ball because of fear of "bullying." All schools, including Windham, now have policies in place to deal with bullying. If the PE teachers notice that certain students are using their games of dodgeball to bully other students, they can deal with it using their existing bullying policy. It's not that tough to figure out. A little common sense can go a long way, yet it is sadly lacking sometimes in our school systems.

This story has now gone national. The Windham School District is the laughing stock of the country.

Now Waltham, we wouldn't want someone "feelings" to be hurt or for them to feel "bullied". When they get out into the real world I am absolutely sure that employers, co-workers, etc. will be gentle and kind and watch out for their "feelings". If we all had a dollar for every time someone bullied us in our lifetime, we would all be wealthy. This bullying movement is well intended but this goes right along with the 'everyone gets a trophy' and 'we don't keep score' movement.

ItsaRepublic, you forgot to mention the kid that strikes out in the last inning with the bases loaded, and the parent in the stands yelling, good job, Johnny. The kid knows it wasn't a good job, and no kid will ever be proud of a last place trophy.

LOL, yes I have seen that first hand. Then the kid runs to the parent for a hug and they say: "good job honey!". Now, these are pretty much the parents who probably go no positive support as a child and they are over compensating. I get that but they are doing their children no favors.

Ridiculous move. This is political correctness run amok!

So what other sport will they ban because the kids will feel bad about themselves? Is football, basketball, hockey etc sports that the board will deem too violent? With the obesity problem we have in this country, lets cut out sports at school right?.

I think all kids should pass all their classes, regardless of their grades. We don't want to hurt their feelings, right?

This can be summed up in one word, sad. America the land of PC, the land of everyone should be hugged and win a blue ribbon.

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