School board tosses out dodgeball over bullying concerns

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A New Hampshire school board has decided to ban the game dodgeball and other so-called “human target” activities from being played in gym classes.

The Windham School district told WBZ-TV that parents had complained about bullying during dodgeball — that their kids were being targeted. The district reviewed the issues and by a 4-1 vote banned the popular game from schools.

“It’s almost turning into a nanny state,” school board member Dennis Senibaldi, who voted against the ban, told WBZ-TV. “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?”

Windham’s Superintendent, Dr. Henry LaBranche, told the station that the board is trying to teach students to respect each other, and the target games “create conditions inconsistent with that message.”

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