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Bomb Abroad Spank At Home

by Listener Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014 at 6:05 PM

While 39 countries have banned corporal punishment, 19 US states allow teachers to paddle students.

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Corporal punishment, the beating or striking of children with hand, belt, switch, hairbrush or other, is now banned in 39 countries. Such violence drives a child's anger underground, makes him or her distrust and fear parents, creates depression. It has in some cases caused death or permanent injury. Arson by juveniles is one effect of the hiding of their anger at being violated.

Fundamentalist Christians quoting 'spare the rod, spoil the child' are at odds with the limitless compassion of Jesus who said "suffer the children to come unto me".

Shelby Capacio writes:

"Currently, 19 states allow teachers to 'paddle' pupils.According to data gathered by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, an estimated 223,190 students were subjected to what is known as "paddling" during the 2005-2006 school year. Typically, that involves using a wooden paddle that is often 15 inches long to strike a student three or more times on the buttocks or upper thighs. In some cases, shaved down baseball bats, hands, or rulers that are taped together are used.

Data shows black students, disabled children struck more frequently. A study conducted in 2009 by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch found a disproportionate number of the students who were struck by educators were disabled, accounting for 18.8 percent of the total incidents during the 2006-2007 school year. The estimates also show that black students received a disproportionate amount of corporal punishment as well -- 35.67 percent -- even though they made up only 17.13 percent of the student body."

Corporal punishment can also be a form of sexual abuse which excites the abusive teacher or parent.

"Bomb Abroad Spank At Home" was a phrase repeated by Tom Ashbrook of On Point in an hour's discussion of the corporal punishment of children. A caller on his show made the point that we are not allowed to hit adults in the US. Why are parents allowed to hit the most powerless and most voiceless: children?

Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, by State

The following table lists the states allowing corporal punishment in schools according to state name and the number of students hit.

States Allowing Corporal Punishment

State Number of students hit Percent of total students

Alabama 33,716 4.5%

Arizona 16 (1)

Arkansas 22,314 4.7

Colorado 8 (1)

Florida 7,185 0.3

Georgia 18,249 1.1

Idaho 111 0.4

Indiana 577 0.5

Kansas 50 .01

Kentucky 2,209 0.3

Louisiana 11,080 1.7

Mississippi 38,131 7.5

Missouri 5,159 0.6

New Mexico 705 0.2

North Carolina 2,705 0.2

Ohio 672 0.04

Oklahoma 14,828 2.3

South Carolina 1,409 0.2

Tennessee 14,868 1.5

Texas 49,197 1.1

U.S. total 223,190 0.46

NOTES: Figures are from 2008.

1. Less than 0.1%

Source: The Center for Effective Discipline, Columbus, Ohio.

States Not Allowing Corporal Punishment

The following table lists the states that do not allow corporal punishment in schools, according to state name and the year in which corporal punishment was banned.

State Year


Alaska 1989

California 1986

Connecticut 1989

Delaware 2003

Hawaii 1973

Illinois 1993

Iowa 1989

Maine 1975

Maryland 1993

Massachusetts 1971

Michigan 1989

Minnesota 1989

Montana 1991

Nebraska 1988

Nevada 1993

New Hampshire 1983

New Jersey 1867

New York 1985

North Dakota 1989

Ohio 19941

Oregon 1989

Pennsylvania 2005

Rhode Island 1977

South Dakota 1990

Utah 19922

Vermont 1985

Virginia 1989

Washington 1993

West Virginia 1994

Wisconsin 1988

Read more: Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, by State |

The following countries have banned corporal punishment.

Bolivia (2014)

Brazil (2014)

Malta (2014)

Honduras (2013)

TFYR Macedonia (2013)

South Sudan (2011)

Albania (2010)

Congo, Republic of (2010)

Kenya (2010)

Tunisia (2010)

Poland (2010)

Liechtenstein (2008)

Luxembourg (2008)

Republic of Moldova (2008)

Costa Rica (2008)

Togo (2007)

Spain (2007)

Venezuela (2007)

Uruguay (2007)

Portugal (2007)

New Zealand (2007)

Netherlands (2007)

Greece (2006)

Hungary (2005)

Romania (2004)

Ukraine (2004)

Iceland (2003)

Turkmenistan (2002)

Germany (2000)

Israel (2000)

Bulgaria (2000)

Croatia (1999)

Latvia (1998)

Denmark (1997)

Cyprus (1994)

Austria (1989)

Norway (1987)

Finland (1983)

Sweden (1979)

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