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IS SPRINGTOWN’S PADDLING POLICY NONE OF OUR BUSINESS?
Boohoo for poor Springtown, a Parker County farm burg that just wishes the rest of the world would mind its own business. Naturally, there are times when it’s entirely necessary for an adult male school administrator to take a teenage girl to a private room, bend her over a desk and paddle her with a board with enough force to create bruises and welts.
Why in the world do buttinski, know-it-all reporters from out of town keep making such a big deal about it? Good grief, they act like it’s somehow primitive, or even a little bit creepy, for a grownman to whale on the adolescent behind of somebody else’s daughter. What dirty minds those mainstream media types have!
Heck, in Springtown, paddling’s just a kind of bonus service, sorta like free lunch if a kid needs it. “They’ll call us up and tell us, when their child commits an infraction, that parent will call up and tell that principal, ‘Why don’t you just give ’em a swat?’ ” Superintendent Michael Kelley helpfully explained to a San Antonio-based reporter for Reuters.
All this came about after two parents (distraught moms, both of ’em) objected to the paddling of their daughters — one 15, the other 16 — by a male vice principal. The discipline violated the school district’s own policy, which permits corporal punishment only if the official administering the paddling is the same gender as the child on the receiving end.
In both cases, the mothers said they sanctioned corporal punishment, but A) Thought it would be administered by a woman and B) Did not expect a “swat” to inflict bruises and blisters. Rather than express horror that a grown man was violating policy by spanking teen girls at school, the Springtown school board fixed the problem this week by changing the policy.
Now, mixed-gender paddlings are A-OK, as long as a parent gives permission and a same-gender witness is present, rather like the nurse in the ob/gyn exam room. Kelley brightly described this as a big step forward for gender equality. It ensures that boys and girls will be treated equally, instead of letting some girls slip by with the presumably less-vigorous quality of a beating administered by a female administrator, or perhaps letting some boys entirely off the hook with no beating at all.
“In our middle school, there is only a female assistant principal,” Kelley explained to Reuters. “If the old policy remains in place, then the parents of the boys at the middle school would not be able to request corporal punishment.”
Well, where schools are concerned, spanking is a white-hot political topic second only to praying. It highlights the yawning divide between people who believe any corporal punishment of any kid, ever, equals child abuse, and those who believe the failure to inflict a little enduring pain every now and then equals child neglect.
My parents, for the record, believed in the efficacy of spanking for kids during the grade-school years, a privilege they did not delegate to schools and which was dispensed more in a manner to induce mortification than pain.
I wouldn’t presume to tell people they may not administer the occasional corrective butt swat to their own children.
Still, people with fond good-old-days recollections about the tune of the hickory stick tend to be those who have not been on its receiving end in a good long while. And it’s worth noting that use of corporal punishment (defined as corrective action purposely intended to inflict pain) is legally prohibited against members of the armed service, prisoners of war, arrestees and convicted criminals.
As vocal as the pro-whuppin’ lobby remains, the practice of spanking in schools is falling out of fashion. Texas is one of only 19 states where it is still permitted, and it’s generally confined to smaller rural districts.
Springtown, in loosening its policy for who may administer corporal punishment, at least reset its default position. Previously, parents who didn’t want their children paddled at school had to take the active step to opt out of the policy in writing. Now permission-to-paddle must be specifically submitted instead of withheld.
Nonetheless, it might avoid misunderstandings in the future if parents are asked to do their own paddling. There are a lot of ways for schools to punish kids: detention, suspension, “writing lines,” loss of privileges. Different tactics work with different children.
Taking corporal punishment off the table might help avoid misunderstandings, the kind that come when grown men are permitted to paddle pubescent girls. It might also drag districts like Springtown a little closer to the 21st century.
That way, the rest of us could just mind our own business. Is Springtown’s paddling policy none of our business?

COMMENT: The Springtown School District operates using federal money. When you dip into federal funds, it’s every American’s business what you do. Every school district in America gets federal funds. They must answer to every American. If they don’t want to hear our strong opinions, tell them to keep their hands out of our pockets.

OUR STUDENTS DESERVE BETTER
By Eileen Eady
Three young boys waited on a wooden bench in a brown-paneled office on the hot May day. Anton stretched his legs out and slouched back, his face blank and eyes flashing with anger. Next to him sat Reggie, whose brown eyes darted around the room nervously. He was not a student I usually saw in the office. The third boy, Derek, was crying.
He was hunched forward with his head in his hands, and I could see the tears hitting the floor. I wanted to go over and talk to him, but I was new and didn’t want to be seen coddling the kids in the office.
The teacher came out of the assistant principal’s office with a wooden paddle in her hand. She was sweating and out of breath.
“Let’s go. Let’s get this over with,” she said pointing at Anton. He got up and followed her, strutting.
“Thwack, thwack, thwack.”
“The sound vibrated off the walls, and I became nauseous. Anton sauntered out of the office. Reggie got up and went in. I could hear soft murmuring from behind the door, then the sound again.
“Thwack, thwack, thwack.”
“With each strike, my stomach jumped. I wasn’t emotionally prepared for this.
Derek was more upset now. He kept rubbing his face and running his hands over his black curly hair. Then Reggie came out of the office crying, the teacher followed him, still holding the paddle. She pointed at Derek and said: “Let’s go. Your turn.”
“No, please. No,” Derek cried.
The teacher came toward him, and the assistant principal followed her out. They each took one of Derek’s hands and half carried, half dragged him into the office. He screamed and pleaded the entire 15 feet from the bench to the door. The assistant principal shut the door, and from inside I could hear Derek’s pleading continue.
“Please. Don’t give me licks. I won’t do it again. I’m sorry. Please no,” Derek said.
Soft murmuring followed, and then the “thwack, thwack, thwack” again.
I was sick to my stomach. Never in my 10-year career in public schools had I witnessed a paddling. Not even in inner-city Baltimore.
I was angry for the students, and as a mother I was outraged. I never got used to hearing that sound. Not that day, and not on the spring day when the two male assistant principals took to giving “licks” in the hallway. Four times during first period, and then four more times during second period, they disrupted my class with the paddling. I thought the school administration had lost their minds. Later, the principal told me that she had sent out the two men to “tighten up a little” and get the students under control.
No one was under control that day. The random widespread paddling only amped up the agitation at school.
Mississippi has the highest rate of corporal punishment in the United States, and its use of corporal punishment is inconsistent and unfair. African American boys in Mississippi are punished 1.7 times more than would be expected based on their population. Yet there is no research that shows that African American boys are 1.7 times more likely to misbehave in school. Corporal punishment is not allowed in the prison system, yet it is an acceptable way to discipline students in 23 states.
Corporal punishment has no place in our schools. There is no research that proves it is effective at preventing misbehavior in students. In fact, eight of the states that have the highest corporal punishment rates are ranked among the top 10 states with the highest incarceration rates.
And its use is arbitrary. Some schools paddle students for leaving homework at home, while others reserve it for fights.
It escapes my comprehension that schools adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward bullying but don’t hesitate to hit a child on the buttocks with a wooden board. Violence of any kind should not be tolerated. By allowing students to be paddled in school, we are sending them a message that violence is OK as long as someone in authority is doing it. It is an archaic and lazy way of handling discipline issues.
School systems all over the country find ways of disciplining without violence. Research-based systems of positive intervention and behavior management are proven and effective. From New York to San Diego, these techniques are implemented with success.
Our students in Mississippi deserve the same treatment. Students in Mississippi deserve an education free of violence.

HELP US SAVE THE CHILDREN
The story above shows educators who paddle are monsters. What they did to these children is unforgivable? Help us stop this brutality. Mississippi schools have a high percent of corporal punishment, but they have the worst schools in America. Give us your opinion. Join the Hitting Stops Here and volunteer your time. Together we can save the children.

EXPOSE TEACHERSWHOPADDLE
Four creepy women operate the perverted weblog, Teacherswhopaddle. These redneck 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. They are teaching their own children to hate. 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. They live in the state of Georgia. The one who calls herself, Renee on the internet, describes herself as a petite, red head. She identifies herself as an assistant 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. Their weblog is an encourager to other redneck, educators who paddle. If we can learn their real names, many children will be saved from being beat at school. Help us save the children.

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