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#1 Jan 30, 2012
Rules and regulations. Many US school districts nowadays lay down more or less detailed rules for the administration of CP and publish them in their school handbooks.(For a very early example, see this May 1950 news item.) These often specify such things as the offenses for which a paddling may be meted out, the maximum number of strokes, the permissible dimensions of the paddle, the part of the body to be targeted, who can administer it and where and in whose presence, what "due process" is required (e.g. formally stating in the presence of the witness what the student is being punished for, and inviting the student to state his or her case), whether prior parental consent is necessary, and what happens if the student refuses to submit to the punishment.

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#2 Jan 30, 2012
Compiled by Center for Effective Discipline
Columbus, For questions about these studies, contact Nadine Block, Executive Director of the Center for Effective Discipline, at

United States

#3 Jan 30, 2012
What is the Center for Effective Discipline

The Center for Effective Discipline is a non-profit organization which provides information about the effects of corporal punishment and alternatives to its use. The Center has no paid staff. Activities and financial information are available on the website

It is headquarters for the National Coalition to Abolish Corporal punishment in Schools (NCACPS) and End Physical Punishment of Children (EPOCH-USA).

United States

#4 Jan 30, 2012
Corporal Punishment Legislative
And Grass Roots Strategies

Develop a list of “Hall of Shame” school districts with the largest percentage of children hit. Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Elementary and Secondary Schools Civil Rights Survey.

Seek the endorsement of all state level organizations which have national boards endorsing bans on corporal punishment.

Seek newspaper editorial endorsements for a ban. Compile these editorials. List them on fact sheets. Give them to other media persons who are writing about the issue. A good argument: More than half the states have abolished corporal punishment. Are their teachers more capable? Are our students more disruptive?

Get testimonials for a ban by ministers, priests and rabbis.

Keep abuse reports of children injured. Remind parents to get pictures of injuries and take children to emergency rooms. Ask parents to speak to the media about these injuries.

Prepare one page fact sheet on the status of corporal punishment bans in the U.S. and home state, reasons for banning its use, alternatives to its use and contact persons/organizations for further information.

Send monthly reports to the legislature or school boards on current abuse cases, schools districts banning corporal punishment, etc.

Develop a list of quotes against the use of corporal punishment by leaders in education, mental health, religion, government, etc. Publish in newsletters and other publications.

Develop a brochure on pending legislation, a rationale for it and contact persons.

Develop a speaker’s bureau for requests by boards, teachers, etc. for speakers on alternatives. Also keep a speaker’s list for media opportunities and legislative testimony.

Develop a legislative alert system.

Always correct the media when they call paddling “spanking.” The dictionary definition of spanking is “to hit with the hand.” The term “spanking” trivializes paddling.

When you call the media have a headline ready for them i.e.“State legislature makes today a black and blue day for Kentucky children.”
Developed by: Center for Effective Discipline, Inc.

United States

#5 Jan 30, 2012
You can start a coalition in your community. That coalition can have a significant effect on public policy change and on educating the community. Here’s how to begin:

Identify possible advocates for your cause in the community. Identify members of statewide organizations as possible advocates if their national organizations have adopted policies against corporal punishment in schools.
Set up an initial meeting to discuss the issue and share information about it. Establish further meetings to develop plans of action. Invite local pediatricians, psychologists, and child abuse experts.
Survey local school districts regarding their policies and collect local discipline policies.
Identify school districts which are likely to ban corporal punishment with some help from your coalition. Identify advocates in those districts who can help in contacts with the boards.
Meet with local school boards and request that corporal punishment be banned.
Develop media contacts- statistics on children paddled, parents views, letters to the editors. Give awards to districts which have banned corporal punishment and invite the media.
Make contacts with state legislators. Get letter writing going to them to ban corporal punishment in schools. Have petitions in malls, stores, etc. asking state legislators and local school boards to ban corporal punishment. Send them to the boards and legislators.
Working together we can get corporal punishment abolished in the U.S. Won’t you help?

United States

#7 Jan 30, 2012
You should ask for a copy of the paddling policy from your school board to see if the principal followed the required procedures. If he did not, you can bring this before the superintendent and board of education and ask that he be fired or reprimanded. The prosecutor can decide to press child abuse or assault charges against the principal. Document every person you talk to, the outcome and date of your contact. It will help you tell your story and may help build a civil case if you find a lawyer to take the case. If you run into a stone wall with authorities, contact a reporter from your local newspaper, television or radio station to tell your story and make a plea for banning corporal punishment in your school district.

Saint Louis, MO

#8 Jan 30, 2012
If parents practiced better discipline (and yes, sometimes kids need a spanking) then maybe there would be no need for corporal punishment in the school district. RAISE your damn kids PARENTs ! Let the school TEACH !!!!

Riverside, CA

#9 Jan 31, 2012
ENFIELD, CT (AP)- An Enfield High School teacher who had faced sexual assault charges for spanking a misbehaving female student has been sentenced on reduced charges.

The Journal-Inquirer reports that 54-year-old Francis Hajosy received a three-month suspended sentence and one year of probation on Tuesday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor breach of peace. A charge of fourth-degree sexual assault was dropped.

Pittsburgh, PA

#10 Jan 31, 2012
Teacher wrote:
If parents practiced better discipline (and yes, sometimes kids need a spanking) then maybe there would be no need for corporal punishment in the school district. RAISE your damn kids PARENTs ! Let the school TEACH !!!!
A poster teacher for why we should out law it. The word Damn a verb ( often passive ) to doom to ruin; cause to fail: the child was damned from the start. Thank you teacher for helping us make our point.

Pittsburgh, PA

#11 Jan 31, 2012
Gary teacher charged for paddling student
GARY - A special education pupil at Beveridge School required overnight hospitalization after he was paddled by his teacher, who has been charged with battery.

Reginald A. Holmes, 32, of Gary faces up to three years in prison if convicted of the battery charge filed Thursday in Lake Superior Court .

Pittsburgh, PA

#12 Jan 31, 2012
The teacher knows the ritual and actively collaborates in the abuse, feeding a steady stream of victims to the abusers. This makes the teacher an active abuser also. Probably most of the staff are abusers, either actively by feeding victims to the abusers, or passively by ignoring what is going on. It is likely that every girl in this school has been beaten. This may be an objective of the abusers - they probably regard it as a challenge to beat every girl in the school at some stage and may make comparisons in order to increase their gratification. They may have favourites who they entrap a second time. The opportunity to wield the paddle may be shared between abusers.

The number of three swats is chosen with good reason - it is the maximum number of swats that can be delivered to cause maximum pain but not to cause injury severe enough to warrant medical attention. The abusers may have realised this early in their careers when delivering more swats. Also, four swats may be sufficiently painful for the victim to overcome their shame, embarrassment and guilt and break their silence. Three is a compromise which ensures the abusers can carry on abusing with little fear of exposure.

Pittsburgh, PA

#13 Jan 31, 2012
It would be - the first two are a preparation for the big swat. The abuser is reaching the end of the ritual and needs to reach a climax with a big one. Also, if the big one is delivered first, the victim may collapse and thus the routine might not be completed. Also, there is a danger of causing too much injury with subsequent swats and thus incurring the attention of third parties and medical practitioners.

Saint Louis, MO

#14 Jan 31, 2012
yesIknow wrote:
<quoted text> A poster teacher for why we should out law it. The word Damn a verb ( often passive ) to doom to ruin; cause to fail: the child was damned from the start. Thank you teacher for helping us make our point.
Damned - for having ignorant parents who want to pass the blame for their misbehaving kids on the school system and idiots like you who have never set foot in a classroom to experience first hand the results of poor parenting. Just sayin'

Pittsburgh, PA

#15 Jan 31, 2012

Sue. Legal action and the threat of accompanying exposure seems to be the only thing that abusers understand. It's likely most, if not all, girls at the school have had the same experience but are too afraid to come forward and relate it. However, all will be suffering in silence, and once one courageous victim has taken the plunge, others are likely to follow the lead. The more people who do so, the more abusers we can convict. It's also an opportunity to learn about abusers and their methods and thus how to identify and expose them.

Simultaneously we must ensure that all children receive the kind, nurturing childhood that precludes a life of abuse.

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Jan 31, 2012
One December 2000 morning in Sadine Parish in rural Louisiana , 11 year old Meegan was tripped in a breakfast line at the cafeteria and responded by elbowing the other girl in the back. Minutes later, Meegan was subjected to a paddling by Mrs. Judy Rials, Zwolle Elementary School’s principal. The paddling with a 16&#8243; board was so severe that Meegan was bruised for about a week. After the legal battles, Mrs. Rials was removed from her job as principal.
Right on

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Jan 31, 2012
An elementary school teacher was charged with injury to a child Wednesday for allegedly paddling a tardy student so hard the boy's buttocks were severely bruised.
Leslie Rogers, 51, was not in custody when the charge, carrying a $2,000 bond, was filed, but he is scheduled to appear in court today
Right on

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Jan 31, 2012
Kimberly Garza says she has never seen anything like it. She took pictures of the welts on her 13-year-old son's backside and leg, and calls it an example of abuse. Police call it third degree battery. That's the charge the boy's gym teacher, Terry Russell, is facing. He allegedly paddled the boy to punish him for getting into a fight. He'll be in court for a probable cause hearing Friday morning.
Right on

Pittsburgh, PA

#19 Jan 31, 2012
The paddling of a 13-year-old child at Plainview School last year has led to a federal lawsuit seeking unspecified damages from individual members of the DeKalb County Board of Education, superintendent Charles Warren, principal Ronald Bell and Stuart Mitchell, the teacher who allegedly administered the paddling.

The five-count suit alleges violation of the student's due process, negligent training and supervision of a school system employee, wantonness and assault and battery on the part of Mitchell. It also claims the student's 14th Amendment rights to due process were violated.

According to the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Mitchell, a teacher at Plainview allegedly paddled Payton Lewis - then a student in Mitchell's classroom - on Oct. 6, 2010.

Payton's mother, Melissa Lewis brought the suit on behalf of her son.

According to the suit, during class on Oct. 6, Mitchell announced that certain students made below a particular grade on a test, and then ordered four students - including Payton - to go out into the hallway.

According to suit, one student - an unidentified female - began to cry and was allowed to return to the classroom. The suit alleges that Mitchell then told Lewis that he was going to paddle him, in the same fashion that Mitchell's father had paddled him as a child, for making an unacceptable grade on the test.

According to the suit, "Mitchell never provided Payton with any alternatives to paddling or afforded Payton the opportunity to have a hearing before the imposition of the paddling."

The suit claims Mitchell then used a wooden paddle with two holes drilled into it to "beat Payton so severely that it caused bruising that was visible for approximately two weeks" and then "hugged Payton in an inappropriate manner."

According to the suit, Lewis "suffered such severe physical and mental trauma based on...Mitchell beating him that Payton had to undergo psychological counseling in an attempt to overcome the effects of the beating."

The suit claims that "the force of a 350-pound man using a weapon such as a wooden paddle against a child less than half his weight presented a reasonably foreseeable risk of serious bodily injury to the child" and claims that "Payton did not present any disruptive behavior that would warrant corporal punishment"

The suit contends that Mitchell's action "constituted an assault and battery on Payton Lewis."

The lawsuit contends that the individual members of the DeKalb County Board of Education - Mary Etta Bailey, Harold Bobo, Claude Callaham, Mark Richards and Terry Wootten, as well as Bell and Warren, all "had notice that Mitchell, in his capacity as an employee, regularly engaged in courses of conduct that posed a pervasive and unreasonable deprivation of the procedural and substantive due process rights of the students under his control" and that "parents of students under Mitchell's control had complained for decades about Mitchell's imposition of beatings of the type inflicted on Payton Lewis in violation of [school board] policies" but the school board consistently failed to take corrective action.

Both Warren and Bell would not comment Wednesday on the suit. Attempts to reach board members and Mitchell failed.

Gregory F. Yaghmai, of Rutledge & Yaghmai in Birmingham, is the lead attorney for the plaintiff.

"Our position is that they have tried to portray this under the guise of corporal punishment when in fact it was a beating," Yaghmai said. "This has been a very long standing problem at this school, and we hope to get justice not just for Payton but for other students and prevent this sort of thing from happening again in the future."

The suit asks for "compensatory and punitive damages to be determined by a jury" from the defendants as individual entities.
Right on

Long Beach, CA

#20 Feb 2, 2012

Dexter, MO

#21 Feb 2, 2012
I believe in paddling, but I also believe in having sense when you do it.

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