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Spanking in Schools

October 9, 2008

I have a good friend that is trying to get the law changed here in Texas to make corporal punishment in schools illegal.

Did you know that it’s still legal in 21 states? Did you know that over 220.000 kids were spanked in school during the 2006-2007 school year? Did you know that 17% of students are black, yet they made up 35% of those paddled in school? Did you know that black girls were paddled at twice the rate of white girls? And that black students are 1.4 times more likely to get paddled?

This is a problem.

No matter how you feel about spanking in your own home, kids should not be paddled in school. Period.

What defines a “spankable” offense?  One child was paddled for flicking a rubber band. After his mother wrote a letter asking that he not be psychically punished. The school lost the letter.

Cities can (and do) outlaw this. But not enough.

Parents can opt out of this, so many choose not to get involved in things like this. But this doesn’t always work. As long as it’s allowed, it’s going to happen.

Let’s stop this.

Here’s a CNN article.

Here’s a list where this is legal and used.

If you’re in Texas, please join Cyn’s Facebook group for Texans against corporal punishment.

If you’re in one of the states that it’s still legal, I urge you to make your voice heard.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2008 10:49 am

    Jen: this just makes me crazy … can I too post something about this and link to you?

  2. Jen permalink*
    October 9, 2008 10:56 am

    Of course you can Amy!

  3. October 9, 2008 11:42 am

    They paddle kids in public school in Florida. I was outraged when I learned that. I write a letter every year to the principal to make sure they know never to touch my son. Still I don’t think it should even be an option.

  4. October 9, 2008 1:06 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this Jen! The more people that know about this law the better! Together we can change this law!

  5. October 10, 2008 11:37 am

    I’ve been trying to put together a post about spanking for like two weeks. There are some new laws in other countries that are fascinating as well and deserve inspection.

  6. October 15, 2008 8:40 am

    I read this post last night and did not realize that my local Florida schools allowed corporal punishment. This is a letter that I sent today to the school board.


    As an eight-year resident of ******* County I was appalled to read the the current ******** County School District Student Code of Conduct and to discover that corporal punishment is still an option in ******** County schools. I realize that the parents must approve and I do understand that discipline is needed with children, but paddling children in school is always wrong. For every administrator, teacher, parent and even child who feels that moderate corporal punishment is harmless and can be positive, there are numerous cases every year of injuries, abuse and trauma inflicted on school children by adults. There is a fine line between discipline and abuse and it is reprehensible that actions resulting in parents arrests for spanking their children at home are fine with the legal system if done in the school by school administrators.

    There cannot be enough safeguards or witnesses to protect the child when the goal is to inflict physical pain upon the child. Every month you can read media articles and lawsuits against school districts for allowing children to be abused. Coaches and teachers rape children constantly in this country and yet school districts have followed the path of the church and covered up many of the assaults. What school boards are failing to realize is that spanking, paddling, caning, strapping and other forms of corporal punishment are considered to be sexual amongst consenting adults. Many adult females who practice spanking as adults commonly relive parental and/or school punishments and admit to being sexual aroused during those childhood punishments. Spanking is sex among adults and allowing adults to spank children can be construed as sexual by both the adult and child. Is that the perception that you and the ******** County School District intend from allowing corporal punishment in schools?

    In the policy it does not state that male cannot paddle female or that female cannot paddle male. Even so no matter with the best of intentions and the best written policy there cannot be adequate protection for the child as nearly every court case has shown. Even if the parent has not given permission to paddle their child and even if a paddling results in injuries and hospitalization the parent and child will lose in court even if they take the case all the way to the Supreme Court. That is unacceptable in 2008 when coaches, teachers and administrators cannot be held liable for actions that a parent would wind up in jail for duplicating. I do not have children but I assure you that I would never allow a strange adult to physical assault my child. Corporal punishment in schools is a barbaric practice that perpetuates the myth that beaten children are happy children. That is a flat out lie.

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