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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 to 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. Education experts are in wide agreement that physical punishment in schools is ill-advised: it is unequally meted out, it can cause serious mental and physical harm, and it is not as effective as other kinds of discipline.
To residents of much of the U.S., beating schoolchildren 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 ’90s, 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 2005-06 school year, according to the Center for Effective Discipline, more than 223,000 students received corporal punishment. In Mississippi, the No. 1 state for corporal punishment, 7.5% of students were physically disciplined. In Arkansas and Alabama, 4.7% and 4.5% were, respectively.
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 using considerable force. The mother of one of the Texas girls said that after her daughter was paddled, her bottom “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 fifth-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 antisocial 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 — and there is quite a bit that it does the reverse. Education experts say physical punishment instills a climate of fear in the classroom and is associated with students skipping class and dropping out of school.
There was a time when critics of corporal punishment hoped that the courts would block its use. But the Supreme Court dealt those hopes a serious blow in 1977, when it ruled in Ingraham v. Wright that in-school corporal punishment does not violate the 8th Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
The strongest force working against corporal punishment right now is a simple one: public opinion. Even among people who spank their children, having school officials paddle students is not popular. In an ABC News poll, 72% of respondents opposed physical punishment in grade schools. Even in the South, where corporal punishment is most common, just 35% were in favor.
New state laws against corporal punishment keep coming. Ohio adopted a ban in 2009, and New Mexico adopted one in 2011. But even with this momentum, it could be many years before all states ban the practice. That is why Congress should enact a national ban on corporal punishment in schools, like the one that Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York has proposed. Children in Mississippi and Arkansas — and Texas — should not continue to be beaten just because their states remain committed to a barbaric practice.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – How would you feel about a teacher paddling your child in class? If you think it can’t happen in Tennessee — you’re wrong. This is one of 19 states to allow paddling in schools.

Believe it or not, paddling used to be the norm in schools, but if you think wood paddles are a thing of the past, think again.
Some say it’s good, old-fashioned discipline. Others call it child abuse, and now there’s a federal lawsuit. Corporal punishment is an ongoing controversy that has some parents and teachers on different sides of the fence. So, would you allow a teacher to paddle your child?
The law is on the books allowing it, but now there is a federal lawsuit involving a Cumberland County teacher challenging corporal punishment in Tennessee schools. The debate over unruly kids and discipline is raging.
“Corporal punishment in Tennessee is still an option, legally an option,” says Wendell Marlowe. Marlowe is the principal at West Wilson Middle School in Wilson County. Many principals, like Marlowe, keep a paddle in their offices. Marlowe won’t use his, but there are some who do.
It’s been two years since he’s spanked a student and Marlowe doubts he will ever do it again even if asked. “Parents have come to me and said, ‘Mr. Marlow, if they don’t have their homework in – paddle them.’ Well, I’m not going to do that,” says Marlow.
Tennessee law allows it, but Marlow is among a growing number of principals who believe paddling should be a thing of the past. That’s not to say it doesn’t still happen. There’s an entire website dedicated to cellphone video of school paddlings from around the country,
“It’s actually government sanctioned child abuse. It’s legally child abuse,” says Julie Worley, President for Tennesseans for Non-Violent School Discipline. “The federal government has prohibited corporal punishment in our prisons and yet they fail to enact a law to protect children in our schools.”
Worley says paddling traumatizes students and can cost schools big money. She points to a federal lawsuit filed in October against Homestead Elementary in Cumberland County. A now-former teacher, Vaughn Davis, was accused of paddling a student who suffered from health problems.
“This child was on the no paddle list, and the corporal punishment (was) administered in violation of their own policies,” says Worley. “Mr. Davis took him outside and had him bend over a rock and paddled him three times.” The family is seeking half a million dollars in damages.
Worley sees more lawsuits coming since there are few guidelines for schools to follow. She says there’s not even a standard paddle. It’s a practice that could easily be abused or be taken too far. Even so, Tennessee lawmakers seem unwilling to ban paddling. Clearly there are voters who still support it.
“I think we are too lax,” says Albert Bell, who allowed his kids to be paddled and he’d do the same with his grandchildren. “These young children don’t have any respect. You had it back then. It was whooped into you.”
That was then. This is now. Law or no law, principals like Marlowe plan to hang up their paddles for good. “Hitting a kid with a piece of wood is ridiculous,” says Marlowe.
In Tennessee, individual school districts are allowed to determine their own policies with regard to corporal punishment. Some ban it while others allow it, usually with parental permission first. If you’re not sure about your district that’s a question worth asking your child’s principal.

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.