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Wed October 3, 2012
N.H. School Board Member Proposes Football Ban
A proposal to drop football at one New Hampshire school district has surprised and upset many residents.
The idea was suggested at a Dover School Board meeting Monday night by board member Paul Butler, a retired physician.
Butler said the potential for concussions is too great of a risk. He said concussions on developing brains can have a long-lasting impact, including the possibility of brain damage, depression and dementia.
The board later released a statement that Butler's comments were his reaction to various studies he's read and is not the opinion of the board itself. It said termination of the high school football program isn't on the agenda at this time.
Dover Athletic Director Peter Wotton said safer tackling is being coached and players are being supervised by doctors.