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A Pennsylvania YMCA branch just banned political TV stations in the gym


A YMCA in northeastern Pennsylvania banned political TV stations in its gym to prevent fights from breaking out. 

The Greater Scranton YMCA wrote a letter to gym members explaining its decision to block all 24-hour news channels.

"Our goal at the Y is to ensure ALL people feel safe," Trish Fisher, the chief executive officer of the Greater Scranton YMCA wrote. "In some cases, allowing these news channels has had the opposite effect."

Fisher added that the policy was put in place late last month because of some "boisterous conversations" regarding politics in the last few months. 

"I wish I could say that all members are able to have open and non-threatening debate (sic) around current topics, but that is not the case," Fisher wrote to members. "There have been several instances in which a member has felt threatened. It is not about bias, or individual views, but rather safety." 

Fisher made it clear that no physical fights over politics have occurred at the YMCA. However, there was a close call that had to be broken up by another member and that is the type of circumstances Fisher wants to avoid. 

So far, the Pennsylvania YMCA branch has received overwhelmingly positive feedback since the policy was implemented on Feb. 28. 

Do you think it's a good idea for gyms to ban political TV stations?

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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