why is paddling in school still an option?

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why is paddling in school still an option?
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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 1:19pm

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/mom-angry-male-vice-principal-spanked-her-daughter-234456335--abc-news-topstories.html

I guess I'm totally ignorant, but I had NO idea that corporal punishment at school was still legal in some states. I would never allow someone to "paddle" my child. Is it legal where you live? Would you ever consent to it? Here's a list I found of where it's legal, in my state, it's not.

Where the states stand on corporal punishment:

Alabama--Legal
Alaska--Illegal
Arizona--Legal
Arkansas--Legal
California--Illegal
Colorado--Legal
Connecticut--Illegal
Delaware--Illegal
District of Columbia--Illegal
Florida--Legal
Georgia--Legal
Hawaii--Illegal
Idaho--Legal
Illinois--Illegal
Indiana--Legal
Iowa--Illegal
Kansas--Legal
Kentucky--Legal
Louisiana--Legal
Maine--Illegal
Maryland--Illegal
Massachusetts--Illegal
Michigan--Illegal
Minnesota--Illegal
Mississippi--Legal
Missouri--Legal Montana--Illegal
Nebraska--Illegal
Nevada--Illegal
New Hampshire--Illegal
New Jersey--Illegal
New Mexico--Legal
New York--Illegal
North Carolina--Legal
North Dakota--Illegal
Ohio--Legal
Oklahoma--Legal
Oregon--Illegal
Pennsylvania--Illegal
Rhode Island--Illegal
South Carolina--Legal
South Dakota--Illegal
Tennessee--Legal
Texas--Legal
Utah--Illegal
Vermont--Illegal
Virginia--Illegal
Washington--Illegal
West Virginia--Illegal
Wisconsin--Illegal
Wyoming--Legal



Read more on FamilyEducation: http://school.familyeducation.com/classroom-discipline/resource/38377.html#ixzz27VEcTmUV

All this being said, I have to disagree with the mother's beef. You're ok with someone hitting your child, but have a problem with it being a male instead of female? WTF? YOU gave permission for this punishment, now you take issue with it? I don't get it.

Thoughts?

Angie

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Registered: 12-17-2003
Fri, 09-28-2012 - 11:25am

lol .. well, that's not a bad thing

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 09-28-2012 - 8:29am
I got paddled nearly every day in fifth grade for protesting when kids messed with me. It never changed my ways and just more firmly cemented my sense of justice and injustice.
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Registered: 12-17-2003

I would NEVER consent to someone spanking my child.

It does sound like the principal went a little overboard because, even though spanking is legal, bruising, generally is not. I think the mother has a legitimate beef there, but people should have a little more common sense then to allow someone else to physically punish their child.