One New Hampshire school district has banned dodge ball and other “human target” activities over concerns about violence and bullying.
The school board in Windham voted 4-1 last week to remove the game and nine others from the district’s curriculum.
The single opposing voter is probably just a big bully!
Of course there was a study, there’s always a study. This time a committee of physical education teachers studied the issue, and decided that dodge ball was just another way for the mean kids to harass the wimpy kids.
One middle school parent complained that his child was bullied during a dodge ball game. Someone is always bullied in a dodge ball game, that’s the purpose of the game!
The committee recommended eliminating the game, and others, including prison ball, slaughter, and bombardment. All kids games with great names, don’t you think? Frankly, the prison ball thing scares me a little.
“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.”
Yes, yes we do. The games themselves are bullying games.
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education said there are any number of reasons to drop dodge ball.
“It’s an elimination game,” said Andrew Mead, program manager at NASPE. “Games like dodge ball and tag don’t keep kids involved and physically active. They objectify slower students who don’t catch as well.”
And they objectify wimpy kids like I was too.
Senibaldi offered a solution.
“We could just do it on a point system,” he said. “So, no one gets knocked out right away.”
Senibladi has missed the point.
Who would want to stay in the game?
The object of dodge ball is to hurt someone. My object in dodge ball was get out as soon as possible!
I hated dodge ball in school. I purposely got hit as quickly as I could with as little pain to get the hell out of the game. Sure, Ray Huss, Jim Woodrome, and Coach Jones all called me a wuss. But I didn’t give a rat’s ass. I wanted out.
My worst school memories and nightmares involve dodge ball!
There were those, and you know who you are, who loved that game simply because they could inflict pain on someone else with the approval of sadistic gym teachers.
Bravo Windham, bravo!
I’m glad it’s gone.
Of course, someone will come out telling us how harmful the banning of dodge ball will be to kids, and that taking away the torturous game will weaken kids; make them wusses, and namby pamby UP the next generation.
I beg to differ! The game should go. And I’m glad at least one school district has realized its harmful impact.