My e-mail this morning has several tips from Get Schooled readers, including this referral to a story by WTOCTV.com in Savannah about a paddling incident in an Appling County middle school.
According to the WTOC 11 story:
BAXLEY, GA (WTOC) – Should educators be allowed to spank a child who misbehaves? It’s a subject that’s been debated for years.
In the State of Georgia, paddling students is legal, but the implementation of a spanking policy is left up to each school district. But one Baxley parent says her son’s school took it too far.
“I haven’t seen any write-ups or warnings. It just says, ‘classroom disturbance, throwing objects in class’ and he received two licks,” said mom Carletta Crummey.
She says the note was sent home Thursday about her 13-year-old son Cody and that, “two licks” means being hit twice with a paddle.
“He said, ‘I need to call home’ and they refused to let him call home and they paddled him,” said Crummey.
Crummey says Appling County Middle School teachers should have let her know first before they made the decision to hit her child.
“We don’t believe in paddling our child,” she said. “I don’t think what he did was right. I want them to punish him, but not hurt him where he is afraid to go back to school. You know if I put bruises on him, I would be in trouble. I don’t think a stranger should be allowed to put bruises on a child.”
Crummey says she doesn’t understand why some school districts allow this to happen.
“Suspend him, send him home, let me take care of the problem.
We have talked about this issue here many times, and I remain steadfast in my belief that schools should not physically discipline kids. I agree with the parent. Suspend the student. Call the parents. Send him home. But don’t hit him.
(And for those of you who are going to say that if this mother paddled her son more, he wouldn’t throw thing in class, there is no evidence that kids raised on corporal punishment are better behaved as a result.)
Have a good Saturday.