Mother of paddled Oklahoma student fi...

Mother of paddled Oklahoma student files police report against principal

There are 38 comments on the NewsOK.com story from Sep 11, 2012, titled Mother of paddled Oklahoma student files police report against principal. In it, NewsOK.com reports that:

When Linda Drew's 12-year-old son came home from Cordell Elementary School with bruises from a paddling, she filed a police report against the principal even though her husband had given permission for the swats.

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hermit

United States

#1 Sep 12, 2012
Bruising your own child is child abuse, but not when the state does it huh?
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Lawton, OK

#2 Sep 12, 2012
I can't believe they paddle kids in school!! What happen to watching for abuse at home?? Now we have to let the abuse happen at school?? And it's not against the law?? Don't get me wrong, I will give a swat or two with my HAND only!! But not by that little man with the little man complex!!
Ugh

Elk City, OK

#3 Sep 12, 2012
Apparently no one reads school policies huh? The Principal has to receive permission from the parents before swats are giving. Its the same policy the school had when I was there, same school district, 10 years ago. If a parent does not want their child to receive swats they can decline and other punishment will be enforced. NO ONE FORCED THESE PARENTS TO ALLOW THEIR SON TO GET SWATS. They chose it over detention. I never recieved swats but many of my classmates did and none of which wined about it like that. They got them, sat lightly for a few days and got over it. Apparently this child needed a few swats from home in the first place since he couldnt keep his hands off another child. He was in a fight to begin with thats why he got the swats! Corporal Punishment is entirely legit and legal with parents permission. It's meant to be hard, its meant to hurt, IT IS PUNISHMENT. If you do not agree with it, dont allow the school to swat your child. Dont give permission for the school to do it. This family did so they really have no leg to stand on when it comes to complaining.
what!!

United States

#4 Sep 12, 2012
Ugh wrote:
Apparently no one reads school policies huh? The Principal has to receive permission from the parents before swats are giving. Its the same policy the school had when I was there, same school district, 10 years ago. If a parent does not want their child to receive swats they can decline and other punishment will be enforced. NO ONE FORCED THESE PARENTS TO ALLOW THEIR SON TO GET SWATS. They chose it over detention. I never recieved swats but many of my classmates did and none of which wined about it like that. They got them, sat lightly for a few days and got over it. Apparently this child needed a few swats from home in the first place since he couldnt keep his hands off another child. He was in a fight to begin with thats why he got the swats! Corporal Punishment is entirely legit and legal with parents permission. It's meant to be hard, its meant to hurt, IT IS PUNISHMENT. If you do not agree with it, dont allow the school to swat your child. Dont give permission for the school to do it. This family did so they really have no leg to stand on when it comes to complaining.
I agree the parents gave permission. Do they call parents when the swats are to be given?? I hear of a paper that parents supposedly get to give permission, when does this occur?? I possibly saw one during the new student enrollment, is this when it was given out?? I know of times when kid were swatted and parents did not k ow first. Shouldn't the parents get called first each time?? And I think the question of how hard they are hit is a good one. I would never hit my kid with a paddle that they could not sit for a few days!! If a child has a bruise from a parent nobody in this town will hesitate to call dhs without a question!! I question the law myself, I am appalled that it is even legal!! I encourage all to question the law!! Just because it's a law does not mean I cannot be changed. And for the parents that allow this to happen, I question your parenting!!
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Lawton, OK

#5 Sep 12, 2012
Also, every year we must fill out all Paperwork. They do not use last years info. Why isn't this part of the yearly paperwork??
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Elk City, OK

#6 Sep 12, 2012
Maybe if more kids got swats they wouldn't act like such brats. I spank my kids when needed. They have had enough spankings from me to know that they don't want more so most of the time they behave now days. There is a huge difference in discipline and abuse.
Ugh

Elk City, OK

#7 Sep 12, 2012
They get permission prior to each time. They actually give the parents the choice of swats or whatever other punishment. There is also a form to sign every year to decline completely to you wont even be offered the swats.
what!!

United States

#8 Sep 13, 2012
Ugh wrote:
They get permission prior to each time. They actually give the parents the choice of swats or whatever other punishment. There is also a form to sign every year to decline completely to you wont even be offered the swats.
no there is not a form to fill out every year!! Check yourself!! And yes they do swat before checking with parents each time!! Get your facts straight!!
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Blanchard, OK

#9 Sep 13, 2012
Actually, the father had talked to the principal about the swats. He was asked if he wanted the swats or for his son to have in school suspension. Blame the parents for not teaching their child that there is consequences for his actions.
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Haslet, TX

#10 Sep 13, 2012
[QUOTE who=":)"]Actually, the father had talked to the principal about the swats. He was asked if he wanted the swats or for his son to have in school suspension. Blame the parents for not teaching their child that there is consequences for his actions.[/QUOTE]
I understand in this case the parents gave permission, but there are other cases where swats were given without a
Call to parents first!! Again where is the paper parents supposedly get???
Irrational

Elk City, OK

#11 Sep 13, 2012
Has your child ever received swats without your consent or notice before hand? Doubt it. If so, why was that never taken to the news but this story of parents who GAVE permission and knew their child was going to be physically disciplined was? All they are teaching this boy is that it is ok to act this way. The DA himself said their was NO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY in this case and that the policy was followed accordingly. Quit raising kids to be brats and the swats would never have happened in the first place. I know if my parents were ever called and offered swats they would have agreed and then I would have gotten more when I got home for fighting with another student in the first place. I am now a grown adult who is very successful and do not have a criminal record what so ever. MORE DISCILPINE AT HOME IS THE F
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Blanchard, OK

#12 Sep 13, 2012
Irrational wrote:
Has your child ever received swats without your consent or notice before hand? Doubt it. If so, why was that never taken to the news but this story of parents who GAVE permission and knew their child was going to be physically disciplined was? All they are teaching this boy is that it is ok to act this way. The DA himself said their was NO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY in this case and that the policy was followed accordingly. Quit raising kids to be brats and the swats would never have happened in the first place. I know if my parents were ever called and offered swats they would have agreed and then I would have gotten more when I got home for fighting with another student in the first place. I am now a grown adult who is very successful and do not have a criminal record what so ever. MORE DISCILPINE AT HOME IS THE F
Exactly! I was raised the same way and my parents signed a consent yearly. I also knew if I got swats at school, I would get them when I got home too. This is what is wrong with society today, parent don't take responsibility for their kids!!!! Wasn't Cordell in the news for a kid dying due to fighting....probably why the school acted on this and tried to stop the child from becoming a problem.
meme

Elk City, OK

#13 Sep 14, 2012
The world would be a better place if more parents disciplined their kids
come on now

Lawton, OK

#14 Sep 14, 2012
I have and do swat my kids if needed. They have never been in trouble at school. I now question all of YOUR parenting skills. I ask all of you to research this law. Studies show that schools that do not use corporal punishment out perform those who do. Schools that have quit beating the kids have improved greatly!! And AGAIN they have swatted without contact first, I know for a fact they have. And AGAIN where is this form to fill out?? I have been doing this for seven years now and have never seen a form..... If your kids are getting swats obviously your kid is the problem, do something about it!! Kids are more "hurt" if you take something away from them. I would rather take a swat than lose my phone for a month or miss out in a sporting event, Quit beating these kids legally!
come on now

Lawton, OK

#15 Sep 14, 2012
meme wrote:
The world would be a better place if more parents disciplined their kids
discipline yes, beat no!! Do the parents witness this?? Haven't we been trying to stop abuse?? Take the time with your kid to understand, talk to them. Beating them and sending them to their room is not teaching them anything. If we have been beating them for years, and that works, we would not have problems we do. COMMUNICATION people!! I was not spanked as a kid. I am a successful person without any police record as well. Quit thinking beatings is the only way to get through to your kids!!
Irrational

Elk City, OK

#16 Sep 14, 2012
NAME A SITUATION IN WHICH THE CHILD WAS GIVEN SWATS BEFORE CONTACT TO THE PARENTS WAS MADE! You will not be able to. Just keep making up the stories, its just making you look ignorant. Cordell Schools lack in a lot of areas but when it comes to such a seriously taken matter they follow the policies to a T, as stated by the DA and Super. Obviously you do not pay attention to the forms you sign or read them properly. I have seen these forms year after year. SWATS and BEATINGS are completely different. You are ignorant if you even associate the two.
Wow

Lawton, OK

#17 Sep 14, 2012
You know it's so funny how some of you say it's good to swat kids, bla bla. Is it so good to swat kids that they have welps and bruises? A swat from the hand is fine, but a piece of wood is bull.... No child should ever have to go through that. I don't care who you are. Especially from a man like that. Even with parental permission, I dont think they said yeah beat the hell out of my kid an traumatize his ass. No they didn't. I think the school should get in trouble for this, whether i love in town or not. If it was your kid you'd do the same. I know I would. You parents should put your child in this position before you critisize his parents for actually caring about their son. This family is godly. Extremely Godly. They are amazing people. I dont think they are wrong. Whether this kid was in a fight or not, it doesn't give them permission to beat the hell out of him. If I got hit so hard I knew it would've left bruises I would've turned around an slapped the shit out of him. But you know everyone is Cordell is obviously chicken .... to stand up for themselves and the ones who aren't are hated. But that's Cordell for you. This is wrong, and I obviously don't care what you think. A child being beat because of a place that's supposed to keep you safe is wrong. The bullying is bull.... too. Im glad these people are doing something about it.
Katie

Lawton, OK

#18 Sep 14, 2012
Yeah these parents gave permission for their kid to get swats, not bruises. You act like the parents straight up asked the principle to give the kid bruises (which they didn't)! If your kid was swatted and given bruises wouldn't you be mad?! I would! Not only was he given bruises, but he wasn't even swatted by the correct authority, he was swatted by the Jr High principle not the elementry. If you ask me I thnk the Jr. High principle should have waited till the elementry principle got back. These parents have a right to press charges. Cordell isn't a screwed up place, it just has ignorant people in it! Yes, parents give permission to have swats, but by the principle of that school!
Katie

Lawton, OK

#19 Sep 14, 2012
By the way he isn't even the princple,he is vice-principle at that!
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Blanchard, OK

#20 Sep 14, 2012
Beating and spanking your child is two totally different subjects. Unless, you are a lunatic. I seriously doubt that an educated man would risk his profession just to spank a kid. Really?! I can tell that the majority of you have no education or job for that matter.

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