A piece on NPR just now got me thinking. Does your school district use corporal punishment? Are you aware that you may not have legal recourse against your child's school if they paddle your child even if you've submitted a waiver from paddling? How would you react if your school called to tell you they'd just paddled your child?
Arizona does allow corporal punishment but its rarely used. I can't find specific info for my school district but it seems that they don't use it. I went to an elementary school in NM that used paddling HEAVILY and I think its part of why I don't personally use corporal punishment (the image of that paddle hanging in my principal's office is still too vivid). Since you all know I'm of the AP variety, you can probably imagine how I'd react if my child were paddled. You cannot even comprehend the sheer magnitude of fire and brimstone that would come raining down.
I wasn't aware that it was legal anywhere, any more. I'm pretty sure it's not legal in my school district. There are plenty of kids I went to school with that probably would have been paddled, had it been allowed.
Theoretically, I'd react calmly at first. I'd want to find out the details about why it happened. Then I'd present them with a bunch of research showing how corporeal punishment isn't effective. Then I'd go crazy and it would likely end in transferring my kid to a different school.
See, I think I'd have a polar opposite ordering in my response. I would freak out and threaten to kill every one in sight, then I'd remove Teagan from the school, then I'd pester them with endless amounts of research and pressure, then I'd accept it and be calm.
I honestly don't know how I would react. I thing that schools and teachers should be allowed some sort of disciplinary action (teachers are pretty powerless in the classroom), but when it comes to paddling kids I don't think the school should be allowed to make a decision on what warrants it. Even if parents use it at home they might have different parameters on what necessitates a 'spanking'. That said, I think I'd be pretty pi$$ed.
No idea about the local distract here. But I wouldn't ever send DS to the schools here because they're awful academically.
And yes, I'd go bat crazy. NEVER EVER okay.
My husband was paddled a few times in Catholic schools growing up. Though they did have written permission from my ILs to feel free to beat him at any time.
Last edited by alwayssmile; 09-11-2012 at 08:37 PM.
I didn't realize this was still legal anywhere in the U.S. I would not be ok with it. I don't have a problem with parents spanking on occasion, but if my child warrants a spanking, I better be the one to give it, not someone else, no one else has any business to do that. I have pretty strong feelings about this because I was spanked by my babysitter once when I was young enough to still be in diapers. It didn't hurt that I recall, but I hated her for years after that-didn't remember her name or her face but I remembered the sense of injustice I felt- she wasn't my parent and she didn't have the right to spank me. Obviously it made an impression since I never forgot about it!
I had no idea that was legal anywhere still. I've never heard of anyone around my age or younger ever being spanked anywhere around here and I have no doubt I would have heard about it. It's beyond me why that's still legal anywhere in the US. For the record though, if my child were spanked I'd be ballistic, no one touches my children...EVER! My mom popped DS on the hand once and has never touched any of my children ever again because I freaked out so bad about it! And that was my mom LOL, I'm sure an acquaintance spanking one of my children would elicit a response from me that would require jail time.