It's still legal in 19 states!!
It boggles my mind that its illegal to use corporal punishment against prisoners but its perfectly fine to use it against children. How, in this day and age, is it OK to paddle a child until he/she has a broken tail bone, internal bleeding, and horrible welts?
Here is what the local school district has in it's Student Code of Conduct - good to know, thanks for bringing this up, Erin.
Corporal punishment has been approved by the SAISD Board of Trustees as an appropriate
disciplinary consequence for Code of Conduct violations. Corporal punishment shall be limited to
paddling the student and shall be administered only in accordance with the following guidelines:
1. The student will be told why corporal punishment is being administered.
2. Corporal punishment will be administered only by the principal or assistant principal.
3. The instrument to be used in administering corporal punishment shall be approved by the SAISD 2012 – 13 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT 7
principal or designee.
The District shall honor a parent request that corporal punishment not be administered to his or her
child; however, the District shall impose other disciplinary measures consistent with the offense.
Parents must inform the campus administrator in writing at the beginning of the school year if they
do not want corporal punishment used with their child.
The disciplinary record of any corporal punishment shall include any previous disciplinary actions,
the name of the person administering the punishment, the names of witnesses present, and the
date and time of punishment.
Nowhere in there does it say they have to notify you before they impose corporal punishment. If that's not a good reason to give your kid a cell phone, I don't know what is.
If anyone is curious, I found these stats from 2008: Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, by State — Infoplease.com
I'm not really surprised that the number of students hit trends larger in the south. I can remember getting spanked once in first grade for writing on the wrong side of a piece of paper (yes, I was a very very bad kid). That was in Tennessee.
Erin, I don't know what school district you're in, but neither TUSD nor Amphi allow corporal punishment.
Thanks for the link! I can't say Im' surprised to see the higher numbers in the south either....*sigh*
Interesting find for NC. http://www.ncchild.org/sites/default...line_Final.pdf
Can't find anything specific to the local district though.....
Well, since it's specifically not allowed in our district and statewide even though it's legal less than .1% of kids get it, I guess we don't have to worry too much here. Mississippi, though, GEEZ. Glad we got out of there before I was school age...
I think it's illegal here now as well. It was still enforced when I was in elementary school. I never did have it used on me.
Madison's daycare does do time out but I've been there when they've called that on a couple of kids and I think it was a very good choice. Time out doesn't bother me, but no one better lay a hand on my baby,