According to a CNN report:
"More than 200,000 children were spanked or paddled in U.S. schools during the past school year, human rights groups reported Wednesday."As I was writing this my thirteen year old daughter, Caitlyn came in and asked what I was doing. I explained and read the articles to her. Here is her first reaction, in a very appalled (13 year old sassy) tone of voice:
"The punishment is disproportionately applied to black students, according to the organizations."
"In addition, special education students with mental or physical disabilities were more likely to receive corporal punishment, according to the ACLU and Human Rights Watch."
"What are they thinking? They give us all these courses in school about anti violence and not hitting other people and you get in huge trouble if you hit anyone in school but then they turn around and as punishment you get hit. That is just canceling out everything they just told you about not hitting people."Honestly, I think she has said it all, and as I am so appalled myself that I am having difficulties putting words together, I will only add this ... What the heck are we thinking? As a society we wonder why children and adults turn so quickly to violence to solve their problems. Well what the heck are we teaching them?
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