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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. http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014/09/17/kids-discipline-debate 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. http://www.stophitting.com
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.
New Hampshire 1983
New Jersey 1867
New York 1985
North Dakota 1989
Rhode Island 1977
South Dakota 1990
West Virginia 1994
Read more: Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, by State | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0934191.html#ixzz3Db5tW2ZU
The following countries have banned corporal punishment.
TFYR Macedonia (2013)
South Sudan (2011)
Congo, Republic of (2010)
Republic of Moldova (2008)
Costa Rica (2008)
New Zealand (2007)
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