School Board Member Wants to End Football Because of Concussions

A local school board member with the Dover School District in New Hampshire suggested earlier this week at a school board meeting that the district discontinue football.

Paul Butler, a retired physician, cited the risk of concussions and their long-term consequences—brain damage, depression and dementia. “I suspect it’s going to take a long time,” he said. “This might be the first volley. It took a long time for people to wear bicycle helmets. It took a long time for people to stop smoking.”

Dover Athletic Director Peter Wotton told the Associated Press that it is wrong to target football. “Any sport is a target, because…any time you put kids in motion—there is an inherent risk to playing sports and taking part in athletics,” he said.


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