Given that there are far better and more effective ways to discipline students, why would schools risk lawsuits and criminal charges by striking children?
I still don’t understand how we teach kids not to hit people by hitting them.
Paddlings are often recalled on this blog with wistfulness as if they were a vanishing Southern staple — in the tradition of pickup trucks and pickled okra. It’s time to get rid of paddling in schools. (I would also like to get rid of pickled okra but my husband loves it.)
Schools should not physically discipline children. Suspend them. Call the parents. Send them home. But don’t hit them. It’s wrong. It invites complaints and lawsuits. And it teaches kids to use force to make their points.
Here’s yet another story on yet another spanking incident, this time in a private school where parents apparently have to approve the physical disciplining of their kids:
A family is complaining that their 11-year-old son was paddled excessively as punishment for fighting at his private school, according to Channel 2 Action News. “I don’t know how to explain it. So brutal,” Desmond Omigie told Channel 2 about being spanked by a leader at Hope Christian Academy in Jonesboro.
Desmond said he got into a fight on the basketball court at the school and punched another student in the nose. The school enforces corporal punishment and Robert Taylor, the pastor of the church that runs the school, spanked him, he told Channel 2. “Before he spanked me, he
said, ‘I’m going to beat you until I get tired,” Desmond told Channel 2.
The pastor told Channel 2 that he followed procedures when spanking the
fifth grader, and that those are procedures that parents permit. But the boy’s mother, Patricia Omigie, told Channel 2 that injuries to Desmond’s backside prompted her to take him to the doctor and to file a police report indicating the spanking was excessive.
-From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog