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New Hampshire

April 17, 2013

Windham school officials reconsider dodgeball ban

Students bring their complaints to School Board

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Keleigh McAllister, who has two children in the district, said the school should try to nip any issues about bullying in the bud, but it can be difficult when children who are victims do not come forward.

“They don’t tell their teachers and some don’t even tell their parents,” McAllister said.

Several board members said dodgeball wasn’t banned from schools altogether, but only from the curriculum.

“This was a curriculum decision,” said board member Stephanie Wimmer. “I just want to make sure that kids enjoy their gym class and are able to be active .... If children decide at recess that dodgeball is their passion or they want to play after school or an open gym process, they can.”

Joanis said the next step would be to determine the makeup of a group to review the curriculum and a timeline for a decision about allowing the games to be restored to the curriculum.

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