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Second grader stripped and hit with belt in front of charter sc...

There are 185 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Feb 28, 2007, titled Second grader stripped and hit with belt in front of charter sc.... In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

School officials in Prince George's County, Maryland are investigating a woman's actions in a charter school last week.

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Mary Pittman

Knoxville, TN

#1 Feb 28, 2007
I do not believe in corporal punishment. Why do people think it is alright to hit, slap, spank, & degrade children? Adults don't hit other adults.
Dee

Oneida, TN

#2 Feb 28, 2007
I spanked my children when they did wrong, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that, if more kids got their arses tore up for the things they do I wouldn't have to worry about my kids getting bullied all the time and getting by with it!!! Too many kids get by with too much and that's why crime rate is climbing and all of these idiots are wondering why their children talk to them the way they do and treat them the way they do. We have given up our rights as parents and allow the kids to take over the household.

I believe that children should be disciplined, if they have done something worth getting their butt tore up for, then they should get it, but taking a child's pants down in front of other classmates is humiating and whipping his naked behind with a belt, in front of the rest of the class...that's just ignorance AND abuse. That woman shouldn't be allowed anywhere near that child ever again. What she did was not discipline, it was abuse, and she SHOULD have been reported to DHS BY the teacher that witnessed it. Anything less was slacking on her obligation as a teacher and SHE should be reprimanded. Do we need to hire rocket scientists to teach our children or what?
TNLADY

United States

#3 Feb 28, 2007
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. THIS SCHOOL SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN TO ALLOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN-ESPECIALLY IN FRONT OF THE CLASSROOM. THE FAMILY MEMBER NEEDS TO BE CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE AND THE CHILD WILL LIKELY NEED COUNSELING FOR THE HUMILIATION THIS WILL CAUSE.
jjc

Ringgold, GA

#5 Feb 28, 2007
spare the rod, spoil the child
Melissa

Rock Island, TN

#6 Feb 28, 2007
This incident is absolute mental and physical abuse to this child and mental abuse to those children who witnessed it! Even when corporal punishment was allowed in school, a child would never have been stripped in front of classmates and whipped. How could a teacher and principal let this happen? All adults who could have prevented this incident should be turned over to Human Services and punished to the fullest extent of the law. I feel for this poor child.
Lynn

Maryville, TN

#8 Feb 28, 2007
Dee wrote:
That woman shouldn't be allowed anywhere near that child ever again. What she did was not discipline, it was abuse, and she SHOULD have been reported to DHS BY the teacher that witnessed it. Anything less was slacking on her obligation as a teacher and SHE should be reprimanded. Do we need to hire rocket scientists to teach our children or what?
Yes, I agree that what this woman did was very wrong. But as a teacher in a local school system who has called DHS several times over incidents much more severe than this just to be told "the incident was unfounded", I am greatly insulted by the fact that somehow this becomes the teachers fault. The woman who hit this child is at fault, when a parent or guardian comes into your class,you have no control over what they are doing.
linda - townsend

AOL

#9 Feb 28, 2007
i believe in punishment but to strip someone in front of friends and classmates and whip them is a whole different thing. why is this woman not in jail ? must have been someone with money or power for her to be able to get by with that.money makes a difference on how you are treated .
Dee

Oneida, TN

#10 Feb 28, 2007
Where in my post did I say the teacher was at fault? Did SHE hand the belt to the idiot for her to beat that child with? Did she assist her in jerking his pants down? We can argue all day long but the fact still remains the same, that kid went home with that freak and God only knows what happens to him behind closed doors. IF I were the teacher, I would have called DHS. But that's neither here nor there, you weren't the teacher either.
eye for an eye

Miami, FL

#11 Feb 28, 2007
My dad busted my ass many times when i was young and it made me learn dicipline and respect. Thats the problem with many of todays kids the have no dicipline and for some reason the goverment wants to arrest people who dicipline their kids and charge them with child abuse. A good ass whipping never hurt anyone and used to be the standard form of dicipline in all public schools.
just blowing off steam

Jamestown, TN

#12 Feb 28, 2007
Dee wrote:
I spanked my children when they did wrong, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that, if more kids got their arses tore up for the things they do I wouldn't have to worry about my kids getting bullied all the time and getting by with it!!! Too many kids get by with too much and that's why crime rate is climbing and all of these idiots are wondering why their children talk to them the way they do and treat them the way they do. We have given up our rights as parents and allow the kids to take over the household.
I believe that children should be disciplined, if they have done something worth getting their butt tore up for, then they should get it, but taking a child's pants down in front of other classmates is humiating and whipping his naked behind with a belt, in front of the rest of the class...that's just ignorance AND abuse. That woman shouldn't be allowed anywhere near that child ever again. What she did was not discipline, it was abuse, and she SHOULD have been reported to DHS BY the teacher that witnessed it. Anything less was slacking on her obligation as a teacher and SHE should be reprimanded. Do we need to hire rocket scientists to teach our children or what?
I totally agree. This child will have to take harassment from all of his playmates for a long time. I feel for the child.
sheila woods

Redmond, WA

#13 Feb 28, 2007
i to grew up when corpral punishment was allowed in school, it was terriable, some taking it to the extremes. im also a firm believer in disapline, i grew up getten a whippen if i did wrong, but on that note, i had to do a really bad wrong, on other hand, my mom, at times took it the extremes, but thru it all, i knew the differance to if my dad whipped me cuz i was bad, or my mom beat me cuz i was available. there is a differance, and the governement needs to step back and see the differance to. parents spanking their kids is ok, for many many years, it was the norm, kids had the fear of God put in them to a point, they thought about if the worng was worth it enough to get the whippen, crime was lower as they aged, prisons wasnt over crowded. now, governement says no no no, and kids now walk all over us, run wild, do drugs, break laws right and left, prisons are over crowded, juvinial centers are the norm, and no one sees why. when kids was raised right, they made good respectable adults, when left to run rampent, we get crime, drugs and over crowded prisons. let parents be the parents, and watch how our young turn around their lives. BUT.....also know that abuse is abuse, and have enough brains to know the differance, then take action. what this aunt did was wrong, a whippen is one thing, a bare butt with a belt, in public was wrong. disapline thru humilation just breds physco's down the road. so i agree, the aunt was wrong here, and needs to be punished, and the teacher should of stepped in and stopped the humilation to that child or called for the principle.
Kate in Ohio

United States

#14 Feb 28, 2007
I think that a crack on the fanny of this kid by his aunt was not out of line at all. Pulling his pants down was STUPID. I heard on the radio today that the kid had been told by his mother that if she got one more phone call from the school about his bad behavior, she would come to the school and spank him in front of the entire class. When she got the call, she was unable to go and sent the aunt. I have not been able to verify this info on the internet as of yet. But if true, the belt was a bad decision and pulling his pants down was inexcusable. Done slightly differently, this would have been fine with me. He would have thought twice about being rotten in class and Mom would never have to do it again. The school may have actually been relieved by his improvement in behavior. After all, they can't do much to these kids who are so bad at school.
Lynn

Maryville, TN

#15 Mar 1, 2007
Dee wrote:
Where in my post did I say the teacher was at fault? Did SHE hand the belt to the idiot for her to beat that child with? Did she assist her in jerking his pants down? We can argue all day long but the fact still remains the same, that kid went home with that freak and God only knows what happens to him behind closed doors. IF I were the teacher, I would have called DHS. But that's neither here nor there, you weren't the teacher either.
Anything less was slacking on her obligation as a teacher and SHE should be reprimanded.

This is what you did say, that the teacher should be reprimanded, why should she be reprimanded if she was not at fault. It you are so sure what should have been done, please become a teacher!! We need great teachers who always know exactly what do to in every situation!!!!!
Melissa

Rock Island, TN

#16 Mar 1, 2007
jjc wrote:
spare the rod, spoil the child
To use the a quote from the Bible in an attempt to justify public humiliation of a child is absolutely absurd. The child may have needed a spanking but to do so in this fashion was absolutely WRONG! My God would never want children treated this way. Perhaps you should join the Taliban - they support public humiliation and torture.
Melissa

Rock Island, TN

#17 Mar 1, 2007
There is no god wrote:
What you want to bet he thinks twice before he acts up nest time.
If more parents/teachers would use some real discipline like this kids would not need Ritalin.
ADD- Absence of Discipline Disorder
Discipline is one thing. Public humiliation and abuse is another topic. This incident falls under the 2nd heading.
Melissa

Rock Island, TN

#18 Mar 1, 2007
Lynn wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, I agree that what this woman did was very wrong. But as a teacher in a local school system who has called DHS several times over incidents much more severe than this just to be told "the incident was unfounded", I am greatly insulted by the fact that somehow this becomes the teachers fault. The woman who hit this child is at fault, when a parent or guardian comes into your class,you have no control over what they are doing.
No. 1 - the aunt in this situation was neither the child's parent nor their guardian. No. 2 - a teacher's first responsibility is to keep children in a safe environment. If the teacher doesn't have control over the classroom, who does? Is it okay for any adult to just waltz into a classroom and do whatever they see fit? I don't think so. This child was traumatized as well as the other children in the class. If the teacher (and/or principal) knew what was about to take place, they are absolutely at fault for not stopping it. If my child were a student at this school, she would be transferred immediately out of fear for her safety.
STOIC

United States

#19 Mar 1, 2007
Why is women have such a hissy over spanking? Must be the hormones and basic irrationality.
STOIC

United States

#20 Mar 1, 2007
Sorry "Why is it women..."
Thenk you
Bill Woody

Knoxville, TN

#21 Mar 1, 2007
Spanking with a belt is how a child lears the wisdom of knowing what is rigt and wrong. It is our obligation as parents. Pulling the child's pants down in front of the class was a stupid move. She should have taken the child out of the classroom and spanked him.
Not spanking, is how we have wound up with a generation of young people with a "sense of entitlement", expecting to have everything their way. "If I cant have my way I'll just kill myself"
Spanking with a belt will prevent that attitude.
Bill Woody

Knoxville, TN

#22 Mar 1, 2007
If you have a problem with that, then it sounds like you need a spanking!

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