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At one Florida school, students make the paddles used in spankings
“You can’t buy them anywhere,” Dixon said, according to StateImpact, a partnership of local public media and National Public Radio. “There’s not a market for them, so yeah, students make it.”
The report didn't say how many paddles a school the size of Holmes County High, with about 500 students, might need. An attempt by msnbc.com to contact Dixon by telephone was not successful Thursday evening.
Florida is among 19 states that allow school staff to use corporal punishment, according to the Center for Effective Discipline. Other states allowing corporal punishment: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.
Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act introduced
Data collected by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights shows that over 220,000 students in 20 states, in schools across the country are corporally punished, and studies indicate that corporal punishment in schools has a negative effect on students. Children of color and with disabilities experience corporal punishment at disproportionate rates. This legislation aims to alleviate this and promote positive school cultures and climates.
Additionally, data shows there is no evidence that corporal punishment is an effective disciplinary tool or that it results in academic success.
Is Corporal Punishment an Effective Means of Discipline?
"That these two disparate constructs should show the strongest links to corporal punishment underlines the controversy over this practice. There is general consensus that corporal punishment is effective in getting children to comply immediately while at the same time there is caution from child abuse researchers that corporal punishment by its nature can escalate into physical maltreatment," Gershoff writes.
But, Gershoff also cautions that her findings do not imply that all children who experience corporal punishment turn out to be aggressive or delinquent. A variety of situational factors, such as the parent/child relationship, can moderate the effects of corporal punishment. Furthermore, studying the true effects of corporal punishment requires drawing a boundary line between punishment and abuse. This is a difficult thing to do, especially when relying on parents' self-reports of their discipline tactics and interpretations of normative punishment.
Landon K., a six-year-old boy with autism, was in first grade at his Mississippi elementary
school when his assistant principal, “a big, 300-lb man, picked up an inch thick paddle and
paddled him [on the buttocks].” His grandmother, Jacquelyn K., reported, “my child just lost
it ... he was screaming and hollering ... it just devastated him.” Jacquelyn knew that paddling
was harmful for children with autism: “I had already signed a form saying they couldn’t
paddle. I sent that form in every year ... When a child with autism has something like that
happen, they don’t forget it. It’s always fresh in their minds.”
Landon was traumatized and became terrified of school. “He was a nice, quiet, calm boy,”
noted Jacquelyn, but after the paddling, “he was screaming, crying, we had to call the
ambulance, they had to sedate him ... The next day, I tried to take him to school, but I
couldn’t even get him out of the house. He was scared of going over there, scared it would
happen again ... We carried him out of the house, he was screaming. We got him to school
but had to bring him back home ... Now he has these meltdowns all the time. He can’t focus,
Jacquelyn withdrew Landon from school, fearing for his physical safety and mental health.
She was threatened by truant officers: “[They] said I’d go to jail if I didn’t send him back to
school ... If I felt he would have been safe in school, he would have been there. I’m sure they
would have paddled him again. I don’t trust them. If they don’t know what they’re dealing
with, how can they teach a child? And the sad thing about it, he can learn. He can learn.”1
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Jonathan C., a 15-year-0ld boy with autism, was repeatedly subjected to corporal punishment
at his Florida school. On October 2, 2008, for example, he was picked up by a male staff
member and thrown “into the tile floor, face-first,” after screaming in the cafeteria and
running away from a staff member. Staff members dragged him to a meeting room, where
the male staff member “put him in a chokehold. Other staff members [came] running. Three
or four of them tackle[d] him, and he [was] thrown to the floor again.” The staff members
used their strength and body weight to pin Jonathan, face-down, to the floor.
Originally posted by mee30
Violence should never be acceptable under any circumstance barring self defense! It goes against logic for an adult to hit a child.
Lies, damned lies, and statistics
Originally posted by mee30
reply to post by FortAnthem
I know you are not for it exactly but when you say that you are worried about how allowing paddling could lead to abuse, you are not accepting that paddling in and of itself is abuse! Or like I say, would you accept it in your own life? Would you accept being paddled?
Originally posted by mee30
When does it become acceptable for the boss to paddle you?
I don't see what it has to do with the fed or the local government or the parent or teachers or anyone! Hitting people is not acceptable! Unless as I say for self defense and even then it has to be reasonable force!
Or are we saying that children are not people?