Hitting people is not the answer to anything, it’s lazy and thoughtless, yet corporal punishment is legal in Shelby County taxpayer funded public schools, ILLEGAL in Schools in 31 U.S. States! Respect must be earned and can never be beaten into anyone. It is Illegal to hit any person or animal, especially with a wooden board or other implement, in PUBLIC, yet US children do not have Legal Protections against Assault and Battery! Corporal Punishment recently drew national attention with the arrest of Mega Church Pastor Creflo Dollar, who insists he only “disciplined” his daughter. Sadly, the African-American community in our nation continues to harm children and damage their familial bonds of love with children due to being brainwashed into believing they must use violence (which often crosses the line into abuse) as a means to control and protect their children from negative influences like gangs and prison. The one thing incarcerated people have in common is being raised by the fist, belt or cord. A recent article reads “These kids do not expect to live a long life”. When will African-American children truly be treated equally in the US? Not anytime soon as long as Church and State Co-Exist in our taxpayer funded schools, Spare the Rod …
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Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) who work with families are in a strategic position to assess the discipline practices of the families they see and to counsel parents to avoid those that are harmful, ineffective, or abusive. NAPNAP advocates for child-rearing practices that develop caring, responsible, and self-disciplined adults. NAPNAP believes that it is necessary to eliminate corporal punishment in the home, schools and other settings where children are cared for or educated.
School faculty members are required by law to report suspected child abuse, yet they are allowed, by law today in 19 U.S. predominantly Southern "Bible Belt" States, to inflict physical Pain as punishment on school children with legal impunity and absolutely no safety standards, training, testing or certification to protect students!
Recently, Texas Governor Perry recently signed HB 359 and North Carolina Governor Perdue signed SB 498 Giving Parents the Right to Prohibit Corporal/Physical PAIN as Punishment of Their Children in Schools!
Tennessee State Law does not require parental consent or notification for schoolchildren to be physically punished at school by being hit with thick wooden paddles to inflict pain to punish them by their teachers, coaches or administrators.
Corporal/Physical Pain as Punishment is Illegal in Schools in 31 U.S. States and All U.S. Prisons.
Research consistently finds that Corporal Punishment is harmful to the healthy development of children and is an impairment to the learning environment. Over 50 National Children's Health and Education organizations are opposed to school corporal punishment of students.
School paddling is discriminatorily applied to boys, minorities, disabled and low income students.
If school employees hit students with wooden paddles in public, they'd be arrested for assault as would any parent, police officer, lawmaker or U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
School paddling injuries result in several thousand students seeking emergency medical treatment annually and puts school districts at risk of lawsuits paid for by taxpayers in those communities.
Please add your voice to the National Campaign to End School Paddling of Students at Unlimited Justice founded by Billionaire Fashion Designer and Education Reformer Marc Ecko.
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We live in rural Tennessee and our 3 kids attend schools in a "Paddling" School District where we are unable to protect them from overhearing the Blows as their teachers hit classmates with wooden paddles just outside class for minor infractions such as not turning in homework or horsing around, without parental consent or notification, not required by TN State Law. We made a presentation in April during "National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month" to our local school board members to Demand they Prohibit Physical Punishment of Children in our schools and the Ignored Us, no letter, no phone call! Pain as Punishment, fear, intimidation and humiliation of students is an impairment to the learning environment for all staff and students.
If school employees hit students with wooden paddles to deliberately inflict Pain as Punishment in view of the public rather than within the walls of a tax-payer funded school building it would be criminal felony assault, they'd be arrested and imprisoned as any other person be they a Parent, Babysitter, Police Officer, Lawmaker or U.S. Supreme Court Justice!
Texas Governor Perry and North Carolina Governor Perdue both signed legislation in June 2011 allowing parents to prohibit corporal punishment/paddling of their children by school employees in writing to schools.
Get the disturbing facts, search "A Violent Education". Several thousand students who receive paddling at school must seek emergency medical treatment annually.
School paddling injuries to students put school districts at risk of lawsuits. Shockingly, several "School Paddling States" have "Teacher Immunity Laws" to protect school employees from criminal/civil action.
Corporal/Physical Punishment is already Illegal in Schools in 31 U.S. States, most capitol cities of "School Paddling States" and Prohibited by Federal Law for use against convicted felons, murderers and child molesters, in U.S. Prisons.
Recently, the National Lt. Governors' Association adopted a Resolution to Encourage the Elimination of Corporal/Physical Punishment in Public Schools.
In 2007 while interviewing the mother of a Mississippi student beat to the floor by a school employee for not doing his work, who fell face first and sustained injuries Montel Williams said, "The United States Supreme Court, the organization that is supposed to protect all of our civil rights and civil liberties has decided that children are so insignificant in this country that they will give the authority to a state administrator to abuse our children. So, right now, the highest court in the land in the United States of America is tantamount to complicity in child abuse. They say it's ok to beat a child."
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Our 3 children, who we don't hit, attend schools in a Paddling School District in Tennessee. We are unable to protect them from witnessing their teachers threaten, intimidate and humiliate students by hitting them with wooden boards as a knee-jerk reaction to minor infractions such as not turning in homework or horsing around, in halls just outside class where their classmates overhear the blows! Tennessee State Law does not require parental consent or notification for children to be paddled at school. My husband and I made a written/verbal presentation to members of our local school board to demand they prohibit Corporal/Physical Pain as Punishment/Paddling of Children in our schools and they ignored us, no letter, no phone call. Paddling is administered discriminatorily and is ineffective, as the same students are paddled repeatedly. If the violent act of hitting children with a weapon/wooden board was done in public instead of within the walls of a school, the paddle wielder would be arrested for assault! For more information on the national movement to Abolish School Paddling visit Unlimited Justice dot com.
The U.S. Department of Education reports 250,000 incidents of corporal punishment annually, search "A Violent Education". Recent shocking incidents include a 12-year old girl bleeding and bruised after being paddled by a male school administrator in Ark., Two 17-year old girls paddled by a male TX school administrator, an IN elementary school principal on video aired on CNN assaulting an 8-year old boy on a school bus, a video of a MS coach whipping a high school basketball player aired on CNN 11/11/2010 and a 12-year old AL boy beaten for failing a science test! Parents are unable to bring charges as teachers/school employees are protected by "Teacher Immunity Laws" from criminal/civil action. The Medical Community is Opposed to school paddling based on research that it is harmful. Please Demand U.S. Congress Enact Legislation to Abolish Physical/Corporal Pain as Punishment of Children in U.S. Schools.
The TRUTH is that school children are treated differently in our great nation based on where they live. A middle school student in Texas DIED by having his chest crushed when his teacher sat on him, a Texas high school student suffered deep bruising and welts to his lower back, buttocks and back of his legs when he received 21 "licks" with a wooden canoe paddle, which had to be taped to continue the beating, a 9-year old Georgia 3rd grader suffered deep bruising injuries when he was paddled with a WOODEN PADDLE 3 TIMES IN ONE DAY (Decatur Co., GA affirmed Corporal Punishment Policy 9/17/09) and a Publicly Funded Charter School in Memphis, Tennessee physically punishes middle/high school boys and GIRLS weekly during a ceremony called "Chapel" by hitting them with wooden paddles and/or whipping their hands with leather straps IN FRONT OF ALL THE OTHER STUDENTS AS A DETERRENT to publicly induce shame, humiliation and fear! The school employees in the above actions have LEGAL IMMUNITY and are STILL paid by our tax-dollars to be ENTRUSTED with the care and education of our children!
A recent news headline reads, “Nearly 60,000 spankings in Miss. schools last year." "Ouch! For the second time in a month, a school district in Leflore County has been hit with a $500,000 (each) lawsuit from a student alleging injuries from a paddling. It was reported that a state legal adviser, who told Bristol, Tennessee Director of Schools Gary Lilly that while school principals who paddled students were legally protected from allegations of assault, they were not immune from accusations of inappropriate or improper touching.
School boards are asking for trouble to sanction a practice that is intended to inflict pain.
What corporal punishment does accomplish is to degrade the teaching profession, drive good people away, and make the teaching field a safe haven for the dangerously unfit. Its net effect on schools is a negative one. The more that schools indulge in paddling, the higher the dropout rate, along with all the social ills that follow, e.g., gang activity, addiction, mental health problems, unemployment, etc.
Over 50 National Children's Health and Education Organizations have issued position statements to OPPOSE SCHOOL Corporal Punishment including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Bar Association, the National PTA (Parent Teacher Association), National Education Association, Prevent Child Abuse America and the NAACP, among others.
U.S. Congress is currently holding hearings on Abusive and DEADLY practices in SCHOOLS and MUST ABOLISH Physical/Corporal Punishment Nationwide of ALL Children in ALL Schools, The Cost is $0.