I'm with the other posters who mentioned that games like dodgeball were used by tormentors as an excuse to pick on "the lame kids".
I was that kid too. I had multiple instances where I would show up to school one day, thinking I had friends, and discover that sometime overnight my "friends" had decided that they hated me. I was never expecting it and these kids made sure I knew they hated me during PE. I was the "target" during games like dodgeball and the PE teacher I had during that time saw what was going on, that I was being exclusively targeted, but did nothing because I "needed to grow a thicker skin." Mind you, I never cried at school or was a wimp about it, I just took it - did nothing to show that I "needed" a thicker skin, but this PE teacher was pretty sure I needed one because the other kids hated me.
This happened over and over again because, I guess I wasn't so bright, I kept going back to those kids whenever they decided to re-accept me.
The whole time this was going on, I was also experiencing some major, what I've come to realize now was, emotional abuse from my parents that already was telling my brain that I was the worst.
The pain from those experiences is still with me and it does color my everyday life. I try to be aware of my own issues and I like to think that I'm tough about it, but bullying like that is not something you just "get over".
Anyway, I certainly don't think everyone should win or that kids should be allowed to be "wimps", like so many today are, but I do think games like dodgeball could have more everyone-friendly options. Everyone winning would not be the goal, the goal would be to remove the chance to single one kid out and hurt them.
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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Last edited by Wallaby; 03-29-2013 at 12:59 AM.