As more schools ban paddling, others defend it

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Corporal punishment in schools has been outlawed in many countries, including Canada, Kenya, Korea, South Africa, New Zealand and nearly all of Europe, yet it persists in the U.S. and is legal in 19 states.

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Corporal punishment in schools has been outlawed in many countries, including Canada, Kenya, Korea, South Africa, New Zealand and nearly all of Europe, yet it persists in the U.S. and is legal in 19 states.

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(RNS) The use of corporal punishment on disobedient students -- commonly known as paddling -- will be banned this coming school year in three counties in Florida and two in North Carolina.

  • Lles Nats

    Not in the least bit a religious topic.

    But, the topic does indicate everyones suspicions the rns is a liberal outlet.

  • Larry M

    First of all I am anti-corporal punishment for many of the reasons listed above. But I have a question that has been nagging me for years concerning statistics and their so called conclusion.

    I have no doubt that minorities and people with lower IQs get unjustlyly paddled more than others and to me that is horrible and unacceptable. But you CANNOT conclude that from the statistics above…maybe by minorities simply act up more in class… Maybe a much greater percentage of the parents give permission to paddle than those in other groups…could there be a correlation between income levels and those who act out…the questions are endless.

    simple statistics usually prove nothing and that is my point. I do think corporal punishment should be stopped in all schools but in order to promote this idea adherents cannot throw around useless statistics that have no meaning.

  • Lles Nats

    “Minorities and people with lower IQs…”

    Ahhhhh! Thats so racist! Quick, somebody call him a hater!

  • Doc Anthony

    Teachers, you either TAN those sassy hides to a fare-thee-well with good hot paddle, or those little sassy hides are gonna tan YOU to a fare-thee-well !!!

    Which educational outcome do you prefer? Choose now !!!!!

  • Lles Nats

    I was paddled in jr high several times. It was a deterrent. Everybody laughed at whoever was getting paddled. But lots of us eventually got paddled. It was a rite of passage of sorts, and once done, nobody really cared to repeat it again. Coach had a office facing the locker room with a big window. You could look into almost his entire office. So when someone was sent down for a paddling, he made you face the window and the jeering onlookers and take your licks. It worked.

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  • @Lles ,

    Of course this topic is connected to religion. Good grief!

    Physical punishment of children is commanded by God.


    (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)
    “If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
    Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
    And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice…And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.”


    Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God
    for the sake of your tradition? …. ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ ” – JESUS (Matthew 15:3)

    The cancer of religion touches everything.

  • “Anyone who curses their FATHER…shall be put to death”

    This simple formulation has been used to justify killing
    someone for cursing (or just being rebellious against) God the FATHER.

    If Jesus meant for this text to lead those innocent deaths,
    He cannot be a loving god.
    If Jesus did NOT mean for this text to lead to innocent deaths,
    He cannot be an all-knowing God.

    If a god is not all-knowing, he has no authority to judge the actions of people.

    It is time to wake up, Christians.
    Religion is insidious nonsense.

  • Fear of spanking stops thinking.

    Most of your other comments make sense now.

  • G Labelle

    Someone should have taken the board and hit the monster over his head for the abuse he meted out. I still know where my coach lives years after I have been out of school. This produces hate and revenge and this should NEVER be allowed to happen in our American schools.