Dodgeball banned after bullying complaint

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  • Parent says his child was being bullied during dodgeball
  • School board members in Windham, New Hampshire voted for a ban, calling dodgeball a violent game that promotes bullying
Dodgeball is banned in New Hampshire school district after bullying complaint.

Does dodgeball promote bullying?

A parent in New Hampshire complained to the school board that his child was being bullied while playing it. So a group of physical education teachers took a closer look at the game and now school board members in Windham have voted to ban it altogether, calling it violent.

"We talked about it in light of our anti-bullying campaign," said Superintendent Henry LaBranche to HLN affiliate WMUR. "Are we consistent with what we're trying to say in regard to being respectful of one another and creating an environment where we're not opening up for bullying activity?"

The vote was 4-1. Dennis Senibaldi, the one school board member who didn't vote in favor of the ban, had this to say to HLN affiliate WMUR: "Some of the arguments that were made was that they use this game to bully individuals. I argue to them, well, we already have rules and regulations in place for bullying."

"It's dodgeball," said parent Prischilla Flynn. "Dodgeball has been around as long as I can remember. I think it's a blast! If you don't want to play it, don't play it. But I don't think you should eliminate it for everybody else."

Do you think schools should ban dodgeball to help crack down on bullying?

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