The Talker: Dodgeball ban at NH school district after bullying
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
We probably all have memories of the old gym class game of dodgeball. The question is, are the memories good or bad?
A school district in Windham, New Hampshire just banned dodgeball when a parent said his middle-schooler was bullied during a game. A New Hampshire TV station reports a handful of other parents complained as well.
After a committee studied the issue, they recommended dodgeball be ended, along with nine similar games that involve so-called "human targeting." The full school board agreed in a four to one vote to ban the games.
"It's almost turning it into a nanny state," one parent said. "What happens when they replace that game with something different that another group doesn't want to play? Do we eliminate that group of games?"
"You can see how most kids would enjoy it but you can also see how some children are targeted more than others," says a board member who voted against the ban.
Supporters of the ban say the idea of throwing a ball as hard as you can at someone contradicts anti-violence and anti-bullying efforts, creates humiliation, and targets slower kids who aren't good at catching.
Dodgeball supporters say it promotes teamwork, the concept of keeping your eye on the ball, and is a game even otherwise non-athletic kids can be good at. They also say in dodgeball everyone is singled out at some point because the object is to knock everyone on the other team out.