Beating School Children, or No Buttock Left Behind

25 08 2008

From the ACLU:

More than 200,000 US public school students were punished by beatings during the 2006-2007 school year, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report released today. In the 13 states that corporally punished more than 1,000 students per year, African-American girls were twice as likely to be beaten as their white counterparts.

What???  Corporal punishment still goes on???  What century is this? 

I spent some time as a substitute teacher in an urban public school district, so I understand the desire to beat school children.  If it was legal I would have beat some of them so hard that . . .they would have been well-beaten.

But I also understand that it is illegal (at least here) and I think that it should be illegal. 

The report documents several cases in which children were beaten to the point of serious injury. Since educators who beat children have immunity under law from assault proceedings, parents who try to pursue justice for injured children encounter resistance from police, district attorneys, and courts. Parents also face enormous, sometimes insurmountable, obstacles in trying to prevent physical punishment of their children. While some school districts permit parents to sign forms opting out of corporal punishment for their children, the forms are often ignored.

2008 in the most advanced civilization that has ever existed.  Wow.

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