View Full Version : When whacking kids at school is legal

02-10-2011, 01:29 PM
This from the Washington Post (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/discipline/when-whacking-kids-at-school-i.html) by Valerie Strauss:
Everyone is rightly horrified about the case (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/30/AR2010123004479.html) of a first-grade teacher at a Silver Spring elementary school who was just charged with several counts of assault after being accused of choking and/or punching eight young students.

Adults assaulting students at school? That has to be wrong. Right? Wrong.

This case in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland serves as a good reminder about legal whacking, better known as corporal punishment (http://www.corpun.com/), which is still allowed in 20 states and which is administered to hundreds of thousands of students a year.

Last year a congressional committee had a hearing about the issue. They learned:

* School officials, including teachers, administered corporal punishment to 223,190 school children across the nation during the 2006-07 school year (according to conservative government estimates, the latest year for which national statistics were available).

* As a result of that punishment, 10,000 to 20,000 students requested medical treatment.

* Students are typically hit on their buttocks with a wooden paddle, approximately 15 inches long, between two- and four-inches wide, and one-half inch thick, with a six-inch handle at one end.

* Most students are paddled for minor infractions, violating a dress code, being late for school, talking in class or in the hallway, or being “disrespectful.”

* Almost 40 percent of all the cases of corporal punishment occur in districts in Texas (though not Houston) and Mississippi.

* African American students comprise 17 percent of all public school students in the United States but are 36 percent of those who are victims of corporal punishment, more than twice the rate of white students.

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How do you feel about corporal punishment? Does it have a place in schools or even at home?