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Kay41 October 15th, 2013 12:27am

The use of corporal punishment in schools as a form of discipline is legal in 19 states with most of the participating schools allowing parents to opt out of the practice. Should corporal punishment be banned in the remaining 19 states?

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/15/13 1:19 am

No - it should be reïnstated in the remaining 31.

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BCKR Onward and upward
10/14/13 9:40 pm

I don't like the idea of teaching children that violence is both a way of exercising authority and a way of resolving problems.

KatG Liberal in Ohio
10/14/13 9:39 pm

Growing up in the 80's, there was no option. We got spanked at school. Kids had a healthy fear of getting sent to the Principals office. Nowadays, kids just shoot up the school instead. No fear is not a good thing.

BCKR Onward and upward
10/14/13 9:41 pm

I don't think fear is going to make them less likely to pick up a gun, especially given media image of the power firearms supposedly confer.

jonny323
10/14/13 7:59 pm

I would beat the living hell out of anyone who hit my child, and I would write that directly on the opt out form.

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steelcity Pittsburgh
10/14/13 7:09 pm

Probably should be unbanned in the other 31.

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EmWalt Meet Jim the Duck
10/14/13 6:50 pm

No, but it should be opt-in, not opt-out.

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kspells TheOtherOtherside
10/14/13 6:44 pm

Only sick freaks would do this to a child.

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hoosierwisdom inner voice
10/14/13 6:31 pm

The better question would be "Should it be brought back in the other 31 States?"

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Kay41 the Midwest
10/14/13 6:36 pm

That would make a good question too.

pateach2 love my son
10/14/13 6:40 pm

That's exactly what I was thinking!!

r3VOLution not of this world
10/14/13 6:11 pm

I think corporal punishment is only okay from the child's parents. Even then there is an appropriate age range.
It should never be done out of anger

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MrsLizT South Louisiana
10/14/13 6:06 pm

When we lived in MS I had to sign an opt-out form. I used a highlighter pen on the form to make sure there was no confusion that were NOT allowed to touch my child.

However, it WAS an option- Yes or No.
I don't see a problem with having a choice.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/14/13 6:03 pm

Seems like that ought to be up to the parents.

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fredd TrumpLand
10/14/13 5:54 pm

No. Schools already seem to have excessive power here and such things are easily abused. My mother was caned every morning for a year, reason made up each time. She has no idea why, that teacher just disliked her for some reason.

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Mattwall1
10/14/13 5:57 pm

I'm sorry about your mother Fred.

Mattwall1
10/14/13 6:15 pm

Look up caning. Trust me, it can easily be cruel.

MrMilkdud
10/14/13 6:36 pm

How old was she?

fredd TrumpLand
10/14/13 8:13 pm

About 14 I think.

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/14/13 5:48 pm

No. It's use need to be more widespread, with parental approval.

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TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/14/13 5:53 pm

Classrooms are out of control.

CDFL alt right, alt snowflake
10/14/13 5:54 pm

And spanking kids fixes it, got it.

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/14/13 6:26 pm

I said with parental approval. :-)

Kay41 the Midwest
10/14/13 6:38 pm

I disagree that classrooms in general are out of control. Mine have never once been that way and I think most aren't. However, I am sure there are some teachers who don't understand good discipline techniques.

elusive Sactown
10/14/13 6:42 pm

Not spanking kids; but I think it's appropriate for kids to have respect for and maybe a little fear of their elders. I had a teacher of mine get clobbered in the head with a chair a student hit him with. Gave him a concussion. The kid? Suspended.

gonzoboy Arizona
10/14/13 6:52 pm

Okie, do you believe this'd be done with love, in the true spirit of being instructive/constructive? Or, is it conceivable after dealing with children of all types, every day, that this could become an outlet for frustration, annoyance, even anger?

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/14/13 6:55 pm

Whatever the parents allow.

gonzoboy Arizona
10/14/13 7:01 pm

I have great respect for you and your position. In a situation where a teacher would strike my son, I will be the parent that has my son sent to the office, and be called IMMEDIATELY.
We will both arrive at the same place, from different avenues. :)

1txteacher Dickinson Gator Swamp
10/14/13 8:27 pm

I agree some students fear nothing we do to them. Maybe they would hesitate to talk back if we still swung the board. It made my brothers and many of my class mates think twice. They laugh at detention and In School Suspension.

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
10/14/13 9:52 pm

As I said before even parents have no right to hit children, I firmly believe that. Just because you donated sperm or spat them out your womb doesn't mean they're your torture doll for 18 yrs. teachers? They're not even your kids. Hands the F off.

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
10/14/13 9:53 pm

I hesitate to say on record what I'd do to someone who did this to my child.

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
10/14/13 5:45 pm

I would unleash hellfire and fury on any government bureaucrat that touched my child.

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fredd TrumpLand
10/14/13 5:56 pm

Ditto, but I'd include non-government people as well. I don't care who foots the bill, what difference does it make?

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
10/14/13 6:24 pm

I figured that was implied. I won't ever use violence against my children and I'll be damned before I let someone else try it.

PuppyLvr In love with Listgarten
10/14/13 5:31 pm

At the very least, make it opt-in with the child's and parents' consent. I would like to see it banned though.

CDFL alt right, alt snowflake
10/14/13 5:31 pm

Why are people saying no? Serious question

swjboucher Just Run
10/14/13 5:37 pm

Because we do not need federal laws people can decide for themselves.

Mattwall1
10/14/13 5:45 pm

So all federal laws are unnecessary? And it never specified federal either, it could be the states.

CDFL alt right, alt snowflake
10/14/13 5:48 pm

Yeah I'm not seeing the argument. If people want it banned, why should it not be banned? Just because it could be the federal government doing it?

Emily33 North Carolina
10/14/13 5:29 pm

Corporal punishment is allowed in NC schools. Our county does NOT allow it.
Corporal punishment should not be in schools. A child should never fear going to school. It should be a safe place.

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Mattwall1
10/14/13 5:34 pm

Exactly. And it doesn't really solve anything. Beating and spanning aren't dealing with the issue that caused the problem. Any punishment worth doing should attempt to correct the child's behavior whether at school or home, not be aggressive like that