Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
Exactly what Allison said- and I respect that some kids were picked on and tormented and bullied in school and grew up 'fine' and 'with a backbone'. But you can't for one second say that everybody grows up 'just fine', un-phased. I was bullied and no I didn't grow up 'just fine', I'm still working it out. I have a friend in serious therapy because people were so awful. Taking away dodgeball isn't going to end bullying, but it will remove a level of bullying. It isn't the same as a team sport with clear rules, clear 'right and wrong'. It's pretty clear when one kid is getting beat on in any other game or sport, but in dodgeball it's way too easy to pummel and individual by 'accident' over and over again.
Yes, people need backbones, but bullying in school is (or should be) different than the 'toughen up' situations you experience in your adult life. Your coworkers shouldn't be physically hurting you- neither should your bullies in school. Who is more likely to do it? Children. Your coworkers or adult encounters should not be saying nasty things, yes they should be tough and honest, but they should not be downright insulting and if they are that's their problem, not yours, you shouldn't need to 'toughen up and take the insults'. So maybe that's speaking to these people getting away with being bullies in school, because they didn't have adults watching. Who knows, either way I think dodgeball / other team sports just aren't comparable.