Fri
Feb 29 2008
08:14 am
By: WhitesCreek

When our first child is very young, all parents face decisions on how to raise, teach, and discipline them. To Spank or not to spank?

Most school systems have wisely eliminated corporal punishment for a couple of reasons. There's no evidence it works and there are all sorts of opportunities for abuse. Why any school system still allows paddling elementary schools children is beyond me, but there is a discussion going at KnoxViews.com on a case in Hancock County.

I saw this case on the TV news last night, WC

If I remember correctly, the county (Hancock) has opted to allow corporal punishment, but has very strict policy requiring another faculty member to be present to witness the activity to help insure it is humane and not overboard. I don't believe the principal held to this policy in this case. Given that and the injuries to the child, I think there is a prima facie case to dismiss the guy. The TV news said they had indications the principal would plead guilty to the A&B charges.

This guy has stepped in hockey.

This is the kind of case that lends credence to the idea that corporal punishment should be left to the home. I know there are many parents that feel they'd like their kids to get whacked at school if they mess up, but things like this sure illustrate why fewer and fewer schools boards are allowing it.

The child's dad said it pretty well on the piece I saw: He said a person who has no better control than this principal doesn't need to be in that position.

RB

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