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Two Texas mothers set off a firestorm recently when they complained that a male assistant principal had severely paddled their daughters. One of the mothers pointed out that school policy required that officials of the same sex as the student do the paddling. Now, the school board has responded – by dropping the rule requiring paddlers and students be of the same sex. In other words, the Springtown Independent School District decided to expand corporal punishment – a move in precisely the wrong direction. Educational experts are in wide agreement that physical punishment in schools is ill advised – that it is unequally meted out, that it can cause serious mental and physical harm, and that it is not effective as other kinds of discipline. To residents of much of the country, beating school children sounds like a throwback to the nation’s distant past. In New Jersey, corporal punishment has been illegal since 1867, and in many school districts it has not been heard of for decades. The campaign to ban corporal punishment hit its stride in the 1980s and 1990s, when more than 20 states – including big ones like New York and California – adopted bans.
There are now just 19 states that allow corporal punishment in schools – but that still leaves a lot of students being paddled, hit, or otherwise physically punished. In the 2005-6 school year, according to the Center for Effective Discipline, more than 223,000 students received corporal punishment. In Mississippi, the number-one state, 7.5% of students were physically disciplined, according to the CED. In Arkansas and Alabama, 4.7% and 4.5% were Corporal punishment is not just a few raps on the knuckles with a ruler. It often means hitting a student on the bottom with a wooden paddle with considerable force. The mother of one of the Texas girls said that after her daughter was paddled “it almost looked like it had been burned and blistered, it was so bad.”
There have been reports of students suffering worse injuries, including blood clots and broken bones. The ACLU and Human Rights Watch described the case of Tim L., a Texas 5th grader, who was beaten so brutally in 2003 that his genitals were bruised and swollen and his mother reported having to “pull the underwear off his behind from the dried blood.” Corporal punishment has been linked to mental health problems in children. Studies have found that children who receive physical punishment are more likely to experience depression, suicide, and anti-social behavior. A Canadian study published this year found a connection between corporal punishment and alcohol and drug abuse. The case in favor of corporal punishment is remarkably thin. Supporters often invoke the injunction, “Spare the rod, spoil the child” or simply point to the long tradition of paddling children and say they see no reason to stop now. But there is not a great deal of social science evidence that paddling promotes better outcomes.

Bud Kennedy-“THAT IS CREEPY”
Do you care if it’s a man or a woman who spanks your daughter? No. It doesn’t matter, if she’s got it coming. Yes. I want a woman giving the punishment. I don’t want my daughter spanked by anyone. Absurd Springtown episode shows how swatting students is archaic, wrong and counterproductive. Men can paddle girls under revised Springtown school policy. When it does, they change it right back? For more than a year, Springtown school trustees had taken the bold, mid-1960s step of barring middle-aged men from administering the schoolhouse paddle to little girls. But the men didn’t like that rule. So now, in what Springtown considers progress, men can paddle girls again if a woman stands by.
Call it Springtown’s own little War on Women. Two mothers were belittled as whiners this week for raising valid complaints after a 49-year-old male assistant principal paddled their daughters, even though that was an obvious violation of the district’s year-old corporal punishment rule. If you didn’t care that a man was paddling a 95-pound girls cross-country runner in wind shorts — for a cheating case against a different girl — then consider the other case brought to school trustees Monday night.
For walking across art posters spread across a classroom floor, Cathi Watt’s daughter was not only paddled by a man. He also brought in a second man to watch. Jada Watt left with more than just bruises and humiliation. Springtown Police Chief Ed Crowdis confirmed Tuesday that a city police officer watched her get paddled. Then he gave her a ticket. Afterward, the vice principal asked the officer to issue a citation accusing the girl of the Class C misdemeanor juvenile charge of “disruption.” Cathi Watt’s comment to WFAA/Channel 8 summed it up well. “Two men giving her a swat behind closed doors,” Watt said. “That is creepy.” School trustees must have agreed. Sort of. They changed the policy to allow the vice principal to go back to paddling high school girls, but only in front of a woman, and only with a parent’s OK. Both boys and girls will be paddled no more than once each semester. If it’s that complicated, why bother? Superintendent Michael Kelley told reporters that Springtown parents want paddling offered as an optional “service.” The Reuters news agency quoted him as saying parents “call up” principals and ask, “Why don’t you just give ’em a swat?”
Imagine if sexuality came into play. We’d essentially be paying the school administrator to get his sexual thrills. There is no discussion of such an idea in this particular case, though it’s no great leap to imagine that it happened at some point. Harkening back to the 220,000 students that were physically punished in the 2005-2006 school year, even if only 0.1 percent of people are sadistic, it suddenly becomes a strong possibility that at least one of those cases was sexual in nature. Corporal punishment no longer has any place in modern society. We’ve developed to the point where force is no longer the only way to get a point across, and we’ve nothing positive to gain from paying administrators to partake in such questionable activity. Oh — did I mention that Springtown High School’s fall play is Greater Tuna?
COMMENTS: We at Teacherwhopaddle Exposed agree totally with Bud Kennedy, it’s creepy. The two girls who were beat with a paddle at Springtown Schools-their pictures are all over the internet. Both of them are cuties. I wonder if the forty nine year principal gets a thrill telling a cute teenage girl to stick her rear out so he can spank her. The thought of a grown man paddling a teenage girl is disgusting and repulsive. If you agree with me, leave us a comment. We want to hear from you.

EXPOSE TEACHERWHOPADDLE-Four creepy women run the perverted weblog, Teacherswhopaddle. These women are doing nothing but promoting sadism and hatred. They hate with a passion anybody who disagrees with their very narrow and self-righteous philosophy. Kids they paddle are no different than a Jew was to a Nazis. These women are disgusting. They are true blue cowards. They get on the internet bragging about beating kids with a paddle, and they use alias names. They don’t tell us who they are or where they work. Help us find out what their real names are. They live in the state of Georgia. The one who calls herself, Renee on the internet, describes herself as a petite, red head. She is a principal at a middle school. Another one of these creepy women vainly claims to be a Jessica Simpson look alike. This woman is either a fourth or fifth grade teachers. She says she is a former cheerleader at the University of Alabama, and she is married to a doctor. If you know the names of these sinister women, let us know. You will be doing your part to prevent many children from being beat at school. Help us save the children.

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