Scourge Of The Playground

It's dodge ball, believe it or not. More schools are banning the childhood game, saying it's too violent

Parents and educators have learned to fear drugs, cliques and school shootings. Now, added to the list of things that threaten our schoolkids is dodge ball. You read that right. In a growing number of school districts in such states as Texas, Virginia, Maine and Massachusetts, circles of kids dodging and throwing balls at one another have been banned from gym class. Advocacy groups are pushing to get rid of the game; and Neil Williams, an Eastern Connecticut State University phys ed professor, has created a P.E. Hall of Shame, ranking dodge ball as his No. 1 villain. "It allows the...

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