Schools have the legal right to paddle students against parents' wishes. If the school board decides that we are going to be a district that allows school corporal punishment, then schools are immune both civilly and criminally from any lawsuits.
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Unfortunately for the young lady in today’s pictures, she is about to find out that both options are still on the table. Her parents stopped strapping her bare bottom when she was 11 and moved exclusively to a small but thick wooden paddle. By the age of 14, spanking was no longer the primary form of discipline, with grounding and restrictions being the primary punishment in the home. This is not to say she was no longer paddled, as there were indeed moments in her life when one or both parents felt that a paddling was in order. But, by the time she reached the age of 17, a paddling was something that only occurred once a month at the most. It was generally administered on the spot, and generally as a result of her attitude or smart mouth.
Giles-Sims, J., Straus, M. A., & Sugarman, D. B. (1995). Child, maternal, and family characteristics associated with spanking. Family Relations , 44, 170-176.
Some of the lowest corporal punishment numbers come from a 2013 Harris poll that found that 67 percent of parents had spanked their children, compared with 80 percent in 1995. But much of that drop can be explained by a decrease in the number of adolescents being hit, Professor Straus explains. His research shows that 90 percent of toddlers are still hit by parents.
Additionally, the .'s banning of corporal punishment is not attached to a propaganda website called and portrays a more convincing argument for reintroducing corporal punishment since it clearly documents crime statistics before and after the abolition of corporal punishment in schools. On the other hand, the opposing argument contradicts itself. How can you refute that the abolition of corporal punishment has not led to an increase in crime because of varying factors when the case that you cite to support your argument is so biased and overlooks a large number of factors- such as poverty, drop outs, consistent use of paddling, perceived fairness of paddling, credible or qualified teachers, etc. How can you realistically argue against a corporal punishment that has successfully been used for thousands of years in home and without to discipline children? It's worked for all this time and managed to create fairly decent, responsible human beings without traumatizing them.
I didn't get beatings because I was quiet and well-behaved. My brother got beatings a lot because he was unruly. There's a lot of lingering resentment between us today.