Did you know:
94% of parents with children three to four years old have reported that they had spanked their children, and 76% of men and 65% of women agreed with the statement, “a child sometimes needs a good spanking.”
The debate over corporal punishment, especially in schools, remains vigorous.
Fifteen states legally permit corporal punishment in K-12 schools, while 28 states ban the practice. Corporal punishment is defined as a “physical punishment” and a “punishment that involves hitting someone.” In K-12 schools, corporal punishment is often spanking, with either a hand or paddle, or striking a student across his/her hand with a ruler or leather strap. More extreme instances, including the use of a chemical spray and Taser, have also been recorded by US schools.
Back in the day, when a student was acting up in class, the teacher had the ability to administer some sort of physical punishment to the child if they deemed it necessary.
Now, corporal punishment has been banned from most of the United States, in schools at least. But one district in Texas has decided that a good old-fashioned paddlin’ may instill some morals in some of their children.
Corporal punishment, as defined by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, is the deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force used as a means of discipline.
The Three Rivers Independent School District in Texas has decided unanimously to bring back the paddle as a form of punishment for misbehaving students.
That’s not to say that the teachers will be patrolling the halls armed with a 2×4; the paddling can only be doled out by a “behavior coordinator” or the principal. Even then, parental permission will be required before justice is brought down.
Three Rivers ISD Superintendent Mary Springs told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
“If the parent is not comfortable with it, that’s the end of the discussion.”
Upon registering their child for the new school year, parents can opt in or out for the new punishment.
Springs also said that they will be tracking the number of punishments delivered in comparison to years before:
“We will look at how many discipline referrals were made compared to last year and how many times (corporal punishment) was administered. If it reduces the number of discipline referrals, then that is a good thing.”
According to NPR, Texas is one of 15 states that allows corporal punishment. Twenty-eight other states and Washington, D.C., prohibit corporal punishment outright, while seven others do not expressly permit or prohibit it.