Apparently using soccer balls for a game of dodgeball in the school gym was a bad idea. A twelve-year-old lost his teeth, and now his parents are suing the school.
Hasn’t he ever heard “if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball?”
When I read the story of the lawsuit over at the NY Daily News, my first reaction wasn’t poor kid (I’m not heartless – that came next). All I could think was “wait, they still play dodgeball in schools?”
The most unathletic child in gym class (trust me), I’ve been a bit disappointed to see it go. Yes, the klutzy kid actually LIKED the sport everyone hates. Because unlike most sports, I didn’t have to try to catch the ball. That was the beauty of dodgeball. The exact mechanisms I’d developed to keep myself from becoming the object of everyone’s ridicule – aka avoiding contact with the ball at all costs, lest I look like an idiot – worked for me on a dodgeball court.
But somebody had to know using soccer balls was NOT a good idea. There’s a reason they’re generally limited to footwork.
Most unfortunate, the kid involved in the lawsuit, twelve-year-old Shane Reese, wasn’t even playing. He was sitting on the sidelines because he’d had dental work done recently. A misdirected ball hit him in the face and knocked out his teeth. Now his parents want the district to pay up.
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