WINDHAM, NH - A school district in New Hampshire is banning dodgeball as part of its anti-bullying program.
The school board in Windham voted four to one to ban the game.
"I think there might be another way that our curriculum ought to be addressing health, physical fitness, wellness and nutrition, besides getting hit by a ball," said Superintendent Dr. Harry LaBranche. "I have children who say 'I'm really not interested in throwing the ball at another student in my class.'"
The only opposition vote was from board member Dennis Senibaldi.
"Dodgeball, I said it's as American as apple pie and I still believe that today," said Senibaldi. "Really to me, just outright banning an entire class of sports because one person complained wasn't right."
Before the vote, dodgeball was a mandatory sport in gym class in Windham. It's now a voluntary sport only to be played for charity events or other voluntary sporting events.
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