School Board Member Wants Football Banned
October 8, 2012 by Bryan Nash
If a school board member in New Hampshire gets his way, Friday night football will get sacked. Paul Butler of New Dover, N.H., wants to see the fall pastime banned.
Butler, a retired surgeon, is a new member of the school board. He hopes his position can have an impact.
“I’ll do my best to try to convince the other members of the school board that it’s a dangerous game and that we should abandon it,” Butler told 7News in Boston. “Football, unlike hockey, unlike lacrosse — both of which are violent games — football is the one where the head gets repeatedly banged.”
Butler hopes his proposal will be voted on soon.
The idea is catching on with some parents, like Mike Wasserman.
“They love the game and it’s a hard thing to say, ‘you can’t play anymore,’ after you’ve been playing your whole life, but it makes me nervous,” he said.
Football has also come under attack in Massachusetts with the publishing of neurosurgeon Robert Cantu’s book Concussions and Our Kids.