Corporal punishment in schools?

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Corporal punishment in schools?
Mon, 09-24-2012 - 2:42pm

Today Show has an article about a female student in Texas who was paddled as punishment by the male vice-principal.  While they agreed to the punishment over a suspension, they did not realize that it would be done by a man, nor how hard he would paddle her.  

“Liar, liar, pants on fire,” is how the saying goes, but teens accused of cheating at one Texas high school may find themselves with inflamed tushes, for real. One sophomore accused of cheating wound up with a behind that looked like it had been “burned and blistered,” according to her mom, after the school’s male vice principal paddled her.

A male vice principal doled out Taylor's punishment, in violation of the Springtown Independent School District policy, which states, "Corporal punishment shall be administered only by an employee who is the same sex as the student."

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I would not want my child to be punished this way regardless of gender, I feel there are more appropriate ways that a school can dole out punishments.   You could have a young boy who is no match up against a full grown man.

Would you let your child be spanked or paddled by a school official?  Is it legal in your state, and if so, is it widely used in your school district?

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Mon, 11-26-2012 - 12:47pm
Never. Spanking is bad and leaves permanent psychological scars. Between adults who enjoy it, fine.
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Thu, 09-27-2012 - 4:57pm

Not using corporal punishment at school doesn't seem extreme to me.


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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 1:08pm

I have to agree with you on that, and can't believe that he would think it was okay in the first place.  It makes me question how dependant schools become on this punishment instead of looking for better options.  

The one rule my husband stresses to our boys is that you never, ever hit a girl, no matter what.  If this was our school district, I would have a very hard time explaining to them why it's okay for your male principal to "hit" a girl.  

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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 1:02pm

" So kids get away with disruptions, hurting other children, verbal abuse and defiance with teachers, admin etc."


Really?  At the schools I work at, the kids are sent to the principal's office if they are disruptive, parents are called, suspensions for serious behavior issues, etc.  One of the schools (the one my kids' went to as a matter of fact) have some form called a problem solver that the student(s) involved fill out and discuss with the teacher/principal.  Hmmm what else--some sped rooms have a "safe place" or a few students get a "hot pass" if they need to calm down, so they can head off behavior issues on their own.      No corporal punishment in my state btw.

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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 7:36am

It's not legal in Maryland, and I would never sign a form permitting it if it were.  And for those states where it applies, I would always sign the form exempting my kid from it and this IS a legal hill upon which I would be happy to die if my wishes were ignored.  IOW, for me, this would be an issue I'd be willing to sue over.

Speaking to the specific case, I hope the parent prevails legally--I saw one article on this story (perhaps on CNN's website?  I don't remember now) where the vice-principal who did the paddling was quoted as saying his administration was not aware of the rule requiring same-sex paddling and that he hoped the rule would be overturned since "obeying that rule could create hardship in some schools."  My feeling on that?  Too damn bad.



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