WINDHAM, N.H. (WHDH) -- Dodgeball and other "target" games are being
eliminated in physical education classes at Windham, New Hampshire
schools as part of an anti-bullying program.
"I have children who say, 'I'm really not interested in throwing the
ball at another student in my class,'" said Superintendent Dr. Henry
The school board voted four to one last week to ban dodgeball and other
games they describe as "human target" games; games where a player tries
to hit an opponent with a ball. They also say the games cross the line
"As a mandatory part of the curriculum, we need to take a look at
this," Superintendent LaBranche said. "I don't know that 11, 12-year-old
youngsters have to learn that lesson at this point in time. I think
that maybe there would be another way our curriculum ought to be
addressing health, physical fitness, wellness and nutrition besides
getting hit by a ball."
7News spoke with the school board member who wanted to keep dodgeball.
"To me, just outright banning an entire class because one person
complained isn't right. It's dodgeball. It's as American as apple pie,"
said Dennis Senibaldi.
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.