Fresh from the Just When You Thought You’d Heard It All department comes today’s humdinger.
According to a recent report on NPR spanking is still legal in schools in 19 of our 50 states. That’s right: spanking, as in corporal punishment. As in: someone else hitting on your kids.
Did you know this? I sure didn’t.
But it’s true.
The report states that the Center for Effective Discipline maintains that the schools that do allow teachers to give a little smack-down to their students are mostly in the south and mountain west parts of the country, with many of them in rural areas.
Even more surprising (if that is even possible) is the fact that the physical discipline is by no means aimed exclusively at older children, teenagers whose bodies are more physically matched to their senior aggressors. NPR quotes a Florida boy who says he was whacked by the school principal after a bus altercation with another student.
The principal spanked “… me on my booty,” Gierrea says. “I cried all the way home. It was really hard.”
The boy’s mother is now suing the school district, but according to what her attorney told NPR, Florida is a state that simply does not require schools to get any kind of parental consent before dishing out corporal punishment.T
The report states that 3661 students were administered a physical punishment by a teacher who did not need any parental permission at all in 2010.
That’s 2010, not 1810.
What do you think, then?
Would you be fine with your child’s teacher spanking your child?