Should schools be able to spank/paddle kids with their parents' approval? Is there an age that kids are too old to be spanked or paddled? Should only same sex teachers be able to spank/paddle the kids?
Here is the article that sparked my thought process:
Taylor Santos, Texas High School Student, Left 'Burned And Blistered' After Male Vice Principal Spanked Her (VIDEO)
If this was your kid and you okay'ed the spanking, would you be upset afterwards if they were spanked by the opposite sex teacher and spanked harder than you wanted?
If I ok'd it I dont think I would be upset, or at least have grounds to be upset. I would not have ok'd though.
We do spank, on occasion. We have some basic guidelines in our house on why and when spankings are acceptable and then they are only given by us.
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If you have given the OK then you can't be upset by it.
The problem with this IMO is that some teachers would abuse being able to spank. Some may be harsher than others too, so it would end up being a disaster if it was brought in here.
I do think something needs to be done in schools to deter the awful behaviour shown by some students. What? I haven't a clue.
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I almost posted that article too but forgot about it.
I don't think she has much to say. She gave the thumbs up.
We don't spank but even if I did I would never give anyone else the permission to touch my child.
We do believe in spanking, but only if nothing else is working. I would not want anyone other than DH or myself to spank our children. I do think that if someone went clearly over and beyond that the parent has a right to go to the school. Just like if a parent's spankings went over and beyond, CPS will look into that. IMO, there is a difference between a normal spanking and beating the pulp out of someone. Consenting to spanking (which I would not do), is different that consenting to beating someone excessively. IMO, if it is hard enough to leave a bruise, it is too hard.
Honest question, because I don't spank. For those of you who do, at what age did you or do you plan to stop spanking? Like when are kids too old to spank? The girl in the article was 15, which seems to me like way too old, but I don't know what "the norm" is.
I can't imagine thinking it's okay for a teacher (vice principal, whatever) to spank a 15-year-old girl. It seems incredibly inappropriate to me no matter what your feelings are on spanking in general. Yeesh.
Honestly, I also can't imagine giving permission to another adult to spank my child. We don't spank, but I think even if you do, it seems very weird to me to allow someone else to do it. I can't really fathom it.
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I don't know. Jason's preschool teacher uses timeouts but I think I'd trust her to know when itwas acceptable and when it wasn't. She would be one of the few people besides their grandparents I'd allow to spank them. I think 10 would be my cutoff for spankings. I didn't get any after age 5 but I was pretty well behaved. There is no way in hell I'd allow anyone to spank them at 15 including my husband.
eta-I'd be majorly pissed if a man spanked my teenage daughter. There is absolutely nothing OK about that.
Last edited by wlillie; 09-24-2012 at 12:02 PM.