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May 6th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

Bring Back Corporal Punishment?

Some schools in Dallas want to give teachers more authority when it comes to disciplining students.

Five years ago, the Dallas Independent School district banned paddling.

But now, one tutor has started a movement to bring back what’s called “licks.”

He says just the threat of physical punishment keeps kids in line and most teachers agree, saying they need more to control students.

One teacher supporting the proposal is just now returning from leave after a second grader kicked her, tearing the cartilage in her knee.

We want to know what you think.

Should schools bring back corporal punishment?

Post your comments here. Kyra will read some of them on the air during the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.


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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Dr. Willie H. Oglesby

    No, violence begets violence.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  2. Ann Rowley

    Absolutely! (The threat of ) it kept me in line for 12 years!

    May 6, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  3. Elena

    Why not. The kids these days are out of control. I know that we all have had our teens. . but sometimes they need to know there will be punishment when they act up. But with limitations parents should have at least the chance to correct the behavior.
    -E

    May 6, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  4. Anon

    every kid needs a good smack but i would hope a TEACHER could THINK up some punishment that TEACHES a lesson other than ME MAD, ME HIT!

    May 6, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  5. Robert

    When parents don't instill a serious impression on their child that the real world is a serious place and not to be taken lightly. Lessons learned early are lessons forever. I agree with corporal punishment in schools...seems like the only thing that works.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  6. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Corporal Punishment should have never bean taken away that's why or kids are out of control they have nothing to fear when it comes to being responsible for there actions this is a case of rights activist out of control and the government sticking there noses where they should not be .

    May 6, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  7. Elle MacPhee

    How does the rest of the country's schools manage without paddling? The educators have learned how to manage student behavior through training and better skills. If you paddle today, you will have makings of a bully. Do we really need more bullies in our schools?

    May 6, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  8. Jason Embee

    As a member of the younger generation at age 30, I was one of the last people to experience corporal punishment in elementary school. I believe that I wouldn't have turned out as well as I have without it. Sometimes, children just won't listen to any reason other than a slightly heavy hand in the name of love and education. There is a distinct difference between corporal punishment and beating, and those that rally against corporal punishment need to see that point. Oh, by the way, I am a liberal. I thought that needed to be said as well.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  9. Stephanie Ihekwoaba

    I agree! Bring it back! Look how far banding paddling has got the school district? I think its time for a change.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  10. gemeg

    Short answer HELL YES. If teachers have to serve in lieu of non-participating parents [aka baby factories], they need to have the same tools available to them. Screening for metal/guns at the door only goes so far for today's young scholars.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  11. Bryan

    Heck yeah!! Had the threat of "paddling" not been in place, I doubt I would have had the opportunity to learn since most other kids will tend to take advantage of a weak teacher and try to "entertain" the class. Nothing is a better motivator than the "board" of education!!

    May 6, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  12. Wayne

    Absolutely! As an elementary school student, the threat of being paddled was always in my mind. Fear guided my behavior - the consequences of bad behavior were clear. Corporal punishment should be part of the discipline package in schools and homes.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  13. Dawn

    Absolutely NOT! We have enough violence in this world our children should not be subject to it in a learning environment. Children learn what they are taught. It is solely the responsibility of the parent to choose to "hit" their child as a form of punishment.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  14. Eric Williams

    As much as I want too say yes, I don.t think I would be a good idea because the kids these days seeks revenge and may put teacher lives at risk.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  15. earl woods

    Corporal punishment should be brought back. It was in effect during my generation and we have more discipline, drive, and respect for society as a whole

    May 6, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  16. john r.

    I feel that too many parents are doing too little to teach discipline to their kids. Ive seen children as young as 6 talking down, cursing, and even striking their parents and teachers. We see children everyday crying and throwing fits in public places for not getting their way. This problem is due to so many parents refusing to truly discipline their kids. I believe a return of "licks" to schools will greatly reduce this problem and ensure children are more respectful in school to both teachers as well as other children.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  17. Mol H.

    I definitely think they Need to bring back corporal punishment. Parents won't take the responsibility for disciplining their children. The children who misbehave in class are stealing valuable teacher time and education from the other students.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  18. Howard Hunter

    Yes Yes YES!!! They should bring back paddling in the class room. I graduated in 1988 from high school when paddling was legal. We got paddled and learned to respect our teachers and it made a better atmosphere for us. Students did not get suspended as much as they do now. Kids now have more authority than teachers. I thank my teachers everytime I see them for being strict and keeping me in line. So YES I believe it should be brought back into the classroom.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  19. C Wagner

    Absolutely. It will make kids think before acting out if they think they are going to the principals office for licks. Paddling was punishment when I was in school and it didn't hurt any of us emotionally. It probably made most of us a better person. Kids needs to be responsible for their actions. Parents needs to be involved more in their kids life.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  20. Janice Ballew

    Yes, Absolutely! My son is in college and just finished a paper on corporal punishment. there are thirteen states that still have corporal punishment and the incidents that they have in school are less. So bringing back to all would be a good idea.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  21. Ebony Eyes

    I think corporal punishment should be brought back into the class room. I know when I was a kid just the threat and the embarrassment of getting licks from the principal or teacher was often times enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. I also think parents should be able to come to the school to punish their child if they don't want the school to do it. Or they can take them home.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  22. phillip johnson

    yes i believe it should be brought back. It takes a village to raise a child and part of raising a child is dicipling the child. The evidence shows that is works. Your not out to get the child your out to help them. If i had a child that went to the school and i knew the teacher well enough to trust them with my child i would allow the paddle. MY is that if it is going to happen parents should be aware of the child gettong paddled that day and why they got paddled. Also parents should no the teacher well. This should be allow not just in dallas but across the world.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  23. Shirley Anthony

    Absolutely bring it back the children of today have less respect for adults because we are not allowed to be just that "adults" think about it children are suing their parents, what next???

    May 6, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  24. ORLANDO

    HI kyra honestly i believe that if u bring back the paddle it will just insight violence in the school system among teachers and students parents and pricipals because no one these days will allow someone to disipline their children especially if they are not doing it themselves i think this is a job for law enforcement and more strict school laws.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  25. john walker

    Spanking children is tantamount to slapping adults who get out of line. Surely by now (2010) we can find better ways to address bad behavior than with violence.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  26. ReggStar

    Yes!!! Bring it back, not only in Dallas but all over the USA. I have 5 kids and when I go to their schools it is amazing how a lot of these kids act in school. Give the power back to the schools!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  27. Richard

    Looks like taking the paddling away has not corrected any problems at DPS. Punshiment should be just that not a joke to the kids, however once you get the child's attention, it might be a good idea to make good use of that time. Have a counsler meet with them next to find out why he/she feels the need to act in that manner.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  28. Dave

    As a child I received corporal puished in the School System. After my expereance I never approved of this on my children. BUT, I have now changed my mind, bring it on!!!!! Kids these days have no respect for anyone! Mouthy, Disrepectful and defiant! A few swats on the backside might do them some good! I get calls and noted almost every day from school and they wan to fill me in on everything my kids do wrong. I can only talk to them but they don't care. All I get is " What are you going to do about it?" from my own kids. Bring back the paddle and drill a few air holes in it to reduce wind restriction!

    May 6, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  29. JUNIOR

    hey kyra, they should give the paddle to the parents, not the teachers; they take away parents rights to decipline their own kids and get charged with child abuse if they used a paddle or any other object. Now parents are going to complaint against the school and probably a lawsuit in place

    May 6, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  30. Deytroy

    Yes, they should bring back licks. I was paddled as a student and it changed my behavior quickly. I knew I could get the same discipline at school, that I received at home.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  31. kris g

    Hell yes they should. Since school districts stopped padding, kids have been more and more unruly and disrespectful to their elders. It kept me. In line and I even got a few and I turned out just fine.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  32. BJ Pendleton

    Actually hitting kids in school might not be the best idea. I agree, the treat goes a long way, but I believe the true problem starts at home. It is up to parents to do the parenting. A "lick" can go much further than a "time out". It worked on me... I promise.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  33. Z. Adamson

    Many people say the problems in school stem from the removal of forced group prayer, but to me it seems more a result of the removal of action and consequence. It seems to me kids today dont make that connection anymore. And it shows in the rising number of juvenal crime. I also think it's no small coincidence that at the same time, we are reducing investment in youth creative arts. Kids need guidance and creative encouragement.
    Schools these days seem to be more daycare centers, just hoping no one burns the building down.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  34. Martin

    Kids today have no respect for authority and little understanding that there are consequences for actions. Paddling was legal when I was a kid and I turned out just fine. I'm not sure if paddling is the answer, but it's worth a try if it will help save our future.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  35. Lulu

    While I am an advocate of corporal discipline, I do not think that the reintroduction of threat of physical punishment is the whole answer. Schools are much too big and overpopulated. It is easier for an individual teacher to monitor, guide and reach out through example to every student if there were less per teacher.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  36. Atlanta Shaun

    Part of the problems in school is the lack of "spankings" at home. Time out's are a joke to many of these children. Parents are being run by their children (As a Flight Attendant I see it DAILY). So – YES, bring back what made many of us over 30 respect our teacher's and school officials. Teachers are getting the beatings by students. Abused by those in which they are trying to help – Shameful!

    May 6, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  37. Susan

    Will never forget taking a college level Biology class in South Carolina...where the discussion veered to corporal punishment. The students who were arguing FOR it because "it never hurt them any" admitted that most of the kids in their high school couldn't read.

    Judge for yourself whether there's any connection to this and the fact that in this course the DISCLAIMER for the chapter on Evolution took more class time than the actual coverage of the topic of Evolution.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  38. Ron

    Yes! Yes! Yes! As a teacher of 35 years I have seen the "inmates take over the asylum" after the corporal punishment ban was put in place. Don't get me wrong I adore the students, but it only takes one to spoil it for everyone. When coporal punishment was allowed often just the threat of it was enough to bring a student in line; but now, there is no such tool in the school's or parent's bag of deterents.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  39. Don Thomas

    Corporal punishment should never have been taken out of the schools. The children and the young people are out of control because they don't get spanked at home or at school.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  40. Kurt

    After being in the public school system long enough to graduate i can say that there is no real punishment system today. Suspension? More like ten day vacation. If my bullies in school would have gotten 'licked' for it, i bet they wouldnt have wanted to do it anymore, and maybe kids these days would have a little more respect for others.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  41. michael hart

    I am 58 and have never seen problems with kids as we see today.
    They have no discipline, and in some cases no hope. This countrys education system pales as to what it could be. I once heard the american school system is nothing more than a totalitarian propoganda machine......that was a teachers statement!

    May 6, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  42. Martin

    Dr Olgeby fails to realize that the kids are already being violent because they have no fear.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  43. Brent B

    I think problem children should be put on supervised work details instead of being suspended. It would be a money saver for the schools and maybe if the kids knew they would be doing hard work with no pay instead of being home watching tv or running the streets, they might think twice before causing trouble.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  44. LaShanda

    I say bring it back. These kids are out of control but than we have to blame the laws that say if parents hit their children to put them in check its called abuse. So if teachers hit students to put them in check would the gov call that abuse too, as the child starts to do harm to their teacher... Hmmmmm make you wonder ???

    May 6, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  45. Meg

    Kyra,

    Of course it is ridiculous to "bring back" corporal punishment. I know that modern studies now blow away the myths that "spanked children" are better behaved than those disciplined in other ways. Even experiences from my own life show that young adults who had a restricted and threatened childhood behaved worse of all when they had their first chance away from their parents! Worse yet is how news like this from Dallas perpetuates the myth that non-spanked children are spoiled. Wrong. Children who are disciplined without hitting or spanking, but words and lessons instead, are more likely to understand their punishment in real terms.

    Thanks!

    Meg

    May 6, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  46. kaym

    As a former elementary school teacher for 25 yrs. and a single parent of three children since I was 30, supplemental education for special ed students and worked in Boston inner city yrs. 1968-1998 with background in emotional side of kids, I say DEFINITELY NO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT. It's so dumb and puts school personnel for law suits and there is no benefit. Behavioral Modification is definitely the way to go and every school should require that their particular school renders this service to teachers. Kids are human beings and have a wide array of problems genetically and home environment. Punishment if any during an immediate situation is to send them to office to cool off. Good Luck with the Behavior Modification. There is so many good books on emotional growth of kids. "Plays well with others" will help them forever. k

    May 6, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  47. Keisha D.

    Absolutely! Ring in the rods. Many students nowadays have no respect for their parents let alone their teachers. Some parents are not doing anything to help their child be respectful to everyone, regardless. Consequently, teachers have to not only teach them, but also serve as "teacher cops"; parting and working hard to aleviate fights on a daily basis.
    Something needs to be done either at home or school before it reaches the real authorities where they will be beaten anyway even worst. Ring in the rods parents, and if not teachers or pricipals.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  48. Sharon

    Bring back the paddle. Hell Yeah! here's a little something I Wrote in on Yahoo news blog:

    I've gone to both public and private schools here in the US and I did not much like either. Public schools by far being worse than the private ones. Still though....
    Bullies and their protectors led the way with the bullies punching, hitting, spitting, giving wedgies, etc etc. Then when I or their other victims started standing up for ourselves, their protectors would come laughing and shooing the bullies off to play elsewhere sayin they're just kids being kids instead of saying the truth that they were bratlings being bratlings. No punishment given. And so the protectors teach the bullies that no matter what they do they can get away with it and the victims have no say.
    Allow a child to get away with those wrongs and the worst ones, thanks to their protectors (ie parents, teachers, yes even a religious preacher or two), will have learned how to circumvent the law and get away with even worse crimes. It starts with parents thinking their children are perfect angels and so couldnt possibly do such things or worse, parents who think it's all fun and picking on and hurting those weaker than they are "builds character". It continues with teachers and others looking the other way or laughing at their "childish" antics.

    Again bring back the paddle? Hell yeah. Those bleeding hearted parents, teachers and others that turn their blind eyes and deaf ears to what their children do and lie themselves saying "oh their just kids being kids"? Take te paddel to them as well. If you do maybe we'll not need to worry about another Columbine highschool or such.

    My scars seared onto my soul, unseen by the naked eye, will never heal. Older I may be, but still it happens to this day. A plaything for others to do what they wish because they've learned, as children, they can get away with the crimes they commit.

    I choose not to do as those at Columbine high did and no doubt felt no other course was open to them. After all, bleeding hearts "you've been a bad boy dont do it again" wrist tappers dont listen to victims.

    I choose not to let the bullies win and fight against them using the Law. And not the bullies' tactics.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  49. sandy

    If students are totally uncontrollable in school, send them home to their parents until they learn the basics of how to behave in a classroom environment. Teachers should not be 'hitting' students; such actions send the wrong message about physical violence.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  50. Abby Smith

    I would say it is a long time overdue to bring back corporal punishment. We have had an entire generation without it and taught our children that if they do something wrong it is someone else fault. Now we have a generation of young adults that feel everything should come easy and if they run into problems it is not their fault. With proper oversight, corporal punishment will bring about better behavior of your young and more respect for authority.

    We also need to bring back detention to our middle schools and high schools. Sending children home for a week is nothing more than a vacation for the child. It rewards bad behavior it doesn't deter it. The thought of spending additional time IN school, now that is a deterrent.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  51. Ron

    Yes! Yes! Yes! As a teacher of 35 years I have seen the "inmates take over the asylum" after the corporal punishment ban was put in place. Don't get me wrong I adore the students, but it only takes one to spoil it for everyone. When coporal punishment was allowed often just the threat of it was enough to bring a student in line; but now, there is no such tool in the school's or parent's bag of deterrents.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  52. Alexander Scott

    Capital Punishment has always been a deterrent for further anarchy so yes PLEASE bring the paddle back. I even suggest that is the problem with american crime.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  53. Paul

    Definitely! Kids today do not respect authority because they have nothing to fear. Parents today, for some reason think it's a bad thing to spank their children. Children need an authority figure, not a friend to raise them. Why has diciplining become such a bad thing?
    "Time outs" do not work with all or even most kids.
    It's a proven, scientific fact, we learn faster when pain is associated with the lesson. That is how Most of us over 40 were raised and we all survived. In fact, Human Society has survived for Thousands of years on children that have been spanked or received corporal punishment from teachers or those in authority. I'm sure giving a few trouble makers a few "licks" is not going to destroy our society.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  54. Bill Swift

    Since Corporal punishment has been outlawed back in the 60's the schools have been going down. Do a story with a longitudinal approach and you will find that the numbers of disciplinary actions has increased exponentially.
    Sigmund Freud has warned "The primordial scourge that will consume us is only a generation away.
    Bring back licks!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  55. Dr. Robert Fathman

    Never. The U.S. is alone among all the developed countries in the world in not yet banning this violent relic of the past. Children sustain injuries often, 6 have died in this country, from teacher inflicted corporal punishment. Good school discipline is instilled in the mind, not the behind. We need national legislation to bring the 20 paddling states in line with the rest of the nation.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  56. Billy Weitherspoon

    Thank God. People are finally coming back to there sences. Because of political views God and the paddle were taken out of schools. Parent loss control and schools were rendered helpless. Bring back God and the paddle and give control back to the parents.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  57. Edward.J

    If kids spend more time with teachers in school more than some of they spend with their parents at home, why is it then okey for these parents to give corporal punishment to their kids and not the teachers who are there with them most of the day trying to teach these kids and are suppose to instill discipline in them. When kids are well mannared in school, most parents take credit for it but when they are bad, they expect teachers to perform majic without giving them the tools. I still believe in the saying "spare the rod, spoil the child" I earnestly believe that some form of corporal punishment should be introduced and should be administared by someone that will not abuse the children.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  58. FED UP

    Corporal Punishment should have NEVER been removed in the first place. I raised 6 children, all of which are now collage graduates and have successful careers. I never had a problem with behvior because I applied punishment when punishment was due. I taught my children that rules are laws and laws are rules, if you you do not abide by the rules you suffer the consequences.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  59. Lulu

    It goes back to the golden rule: Be the change you want to see.
    Children learn more from example than just physical punishment.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  60. Dr. Donny

    Corporal punishment is a tricky thing. To bring it back to school I believe is a bad idea. I believe that studies need to provided or done on the long term affect of corporal punishment on children. If it negatively affects them then it may hinder the development process and hurt the child mental.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  61. Troy Leonard

    While it would be an effective way to enforce discipline, I don't think that it would be a good idea to bring back. My qualm being that the personalities of the teachers is unknown. For example, imagine you send your child to school and they come back and had been punished. Perhaps it was just a couple "licks," but what if it was from a teacher with anger issues, or a teacher that held a grudge against that student because of constant misbehavior. There is already bias in grading in schools; we especially do not need that in punishment as well. Teachers should, however, be as strict as they have to be with rules and make sure that they establish their authority, but, again, I do not think corporal punishment should be the means to do so.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  62. Joseph Wotawa

    I am 34 years old and personally recieved a paddling or two and it was deserved. I am no worse for the wear and it made me behave. As long as it is done in a responsible manner and not in a abusive manner it can create a safe and enjoyable environment for students to learn in.Spare the rod spoil the child.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  63. Kirby Collins

    I think corporal punishment should be common practice nationwide, not just in Dallas. I understand the fears associated with giving strangers that kind of authority over our children, however, children today are getting out of control. They go to school and act however they want with no worry of consequence; Violence, Sexual misconduct and etc. are all on the rise in the school systems. Teachers have to have some way of maintaing order. I say its a good idea and may actually bring back what used to be a coveted teaching of "think, before you act."

    May 6, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  64. Sherry

    In my opinion, a free public education is a privilege an not a right. One that is afforded to every American citizen and that many countries cannot or do not offer. It's obvious when second graders are assaulting their teachers that there is no discipline at home, and learning in a classroom will not occur without discipline. We want to hold teachers accountable for learning in their classroom, and we tell them that it is their job to manage their classroom, and then we tie their hands with regard to discipline. This is worsened when there is no discipline or support from the parents at home. I've been a teacher, and I've personally experienced what I'm talking about with regard to an obvious lack of discipline and parental support at home. And let's be clear here. Discipline starts with babies, at home, discipline isn't "blindly" or "brutally" "beating" a child, and discipline begins with unconditional love, a childs needs being met, and a child being taught clear expectations on how to behave. Once we know that is occurring, discipline takes place because the will of the child still refuses to submit and obey. Unfortunately, in the classroom, we cannot force unconditional love and a childs needs being met at home, and we are simply left with trying to teach clear expectations on how to behave properly in a classroom and then reinforcing those expectations with discipline. Obviously, the punishment should fit the crime. Discipline is not always physical punishment, i.e. a paddling or spanking. This should be a last resort of pure defiance. In my opinion, a child that is assaulting their teacher is obviously beyond verbal warnings, written assignments, etc. To me, this is an act of pure defiance. If I were still a teacher, I would not desire the right to physically punish, i.e. paddle or spank a child. My opinion would be that if the parent cannot control or instill discipline in their child at home, by whatever means that they think is appropriate for their child, because they should know their child better than anyone else, then the child should be suspended from school until they can. This is the only way you will ever get the parents to accept accountability and responsibility for how their child behaves in the classroom, i.e. by their behavior, the child has forfeited the privilege of a public education. Any parent worth their salt would correcting their child for the benefit of their future as their top priority. Ultimately, it isn't fair to the 25 or 30 other students in the classroom that are behavior appropriately and have a desire to learn to have their educations and potential disrupted by one student who is in defiance of conforming to expectations. Period.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  65. Damion Reilly

    since spanking were deemed "abuse" kids have gotton a whole lot more unruly. crimes amongst children have gotton worse and the schools have turned to drugging the children to control them. Before medicating school kids, when spanking were the "norm", the crimes committed by kids were "kid crimes", now the crimes from school kids are making headline news all over our country. so I guess it comes down to; would you rather have your child drugged or spanked?

    May 6, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  66. BB

    I say NO! Isn't it enough with students getting rape, verbally abuse and dumb down by ineffective teachers these days. Now, teachers want to legally be able to abuse them physically also. I got a better idea, why don't we paddle the teachers when they get caught having sex with the students or when they give drugs to your children or when they come in drunk like a skunk? I could keep on and on about bad teacher behavior as well and many of them go unpunished. Yes, many teachers do get physical with students as well. We lead by example, let's punished and get rid of bad teachers first! Most students behavior problems in classrooms is due to bad or lack thereof of management skills of ineffective teachers anyways!

    May 6, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  67. mike sey

    What is it with Americans? Do you enjoy inflicting pain – is "Old Sparky" , Waterboarding, Durance Vile – and now flogging your children the best you can come up with to solve problems and educate and socialize your children?

    You know very well that having the power means using it; And using it leads to abusing it. Why not tase the little buggers like the cop who recently tased that idiot for running onto the baseball field.

    Oh well, I guess he had it coming to him and the taser was better than the alternative; After all the cop could have shot him so the game could continue.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  68. Lisa

    Paddling should be brought back. It's unfortunate that many of todays parents would rather be friends with their children instead of parents. I think many parents today fail to see that discipline is a very strong form of love. It's unfair to teachers that we send spoiled and self-centered children to school for them to have to deal with. When there are no consequences for bad behavior, at home or in school, we are asking for a generation of self-entiltled brats.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  69. maze1gerald

    Yes they should bring back corporal punisment I konw a teacher that works at an elementary school where students run amuck,All of the students have the attitude we can do this,if you say anything to us or try to correct us you will get in trouble.I have also seen that attitude.I blame this on the so called flower children from the sixties that came up with a lot of hair brained ideas that are failures.but paradoxily,the same flower children are now ceos managers supervisors the very thing they rebelled against.so now its time to get back to basics.for a society to remain intact there must be order lest we end up like a scene out of movies like madmax'

    May 6, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  70. Ed Cook

    Yes, kids are more disrespectful now a days, but bringing back Corproral Punishment is not the answer. Punishment is for the parents not the educators. I live in a state that has Corproral Punishment, and I don't agree with it. My children never had any issues, but I signed a waiver stating the the school did not have permission to punish my children. I never had to spank or raise my 2 boys, I explain why what they did was wrong. If I as a parent don't believe in spanking or yelling at my children, then why would I give the school the permission to do it. Teachers are to educate not discipline.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  71. Logan C.

    I say NO. Todays children do have a lack of discipline yet as some one else said they would seek revenge or strike back (mainly in high school). I know that if some teacher came at me with a paddel I would feel the need to kick his "ass", kids these days are not going to just shrug and say get it over with, they will see it as threat and react accordingly.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  72. Pam Pettis

    I don't care what some people say, THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH KIDS TODAY!!! When I was in school we got a ruler across your knuckles if you acted out in class. There was only one kid that had this done at least once in every class...he was our class clown. The kids now know that they can do anything they want because the teachers can't punish them. In fact I over heard one conversation and the kid said "mom, if you don't let me go to the party, I will call the child welfare office and report child abuse." The kids needs to be put to work–they just don't have anything to do–along with a swift kick in the A__!

    May 6, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  73. Mike Plemmons

    I believe that supervised paddlings should be brought back.
    Kids do not respect their elders because they have no reason to.
    They do not respect their teachers or any onelse because of the
    attitude of I can do anything I want to.
    Licks not beatings.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  74. Rebecca J Heberling

    I say that it is about time! The rule not to spank was created by Dr. Spock who in turn revealed that he was wrong. Kids these days have no fear of true consiquence to stop them from doing wrong and next thing you see is the average 12 year old being a star on COPS because he stole somenoe's car and racing it at 70 miles per hour in town.
    I was shocked when I visited my son's class where a child decided to throw books off the shelf and turn the lights on and off to disturb the class. I went to block the child from the lightswitch and the teachers were afraid to even touch the child because of the current laws. This tells the children that adults have absolutely no power or authority.
    This all started by taking the Lord out of schools. No law = no order.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  75. Damion Reilly

    I think when children can retort with "you can't touch me, I'll call the law on you". it really ties the hands of both teachers and parents, leaving the kids with a new set of boundries, created by them.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  76. Gaye Lynn

    Parents can not even punish their children because of the fear of the child calling Child Protective Services. I do believe that the schools should be able to paddle the kids. Kids are disruptive in the schools, because they get away with it @ home. Bring back corporal punishment and let's get these schools and children back in control. I know when I was in school we feared the paddle. Kids these days have no repercussions for their actions and continue to disrupt the students that are @ school to learn.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  77. Phyllis Law

    As a former teacher, I feel the discipline has slppped a lot since I left the profession. Students need to know there are consequences for bad behavior. In public schools a few days suspension is about as rmuch as they can be punished. That is just a few days to watch telivision;and shop. Hardly a punishment. Something more specific and immediate would make a bigger impression to bring home the reality of consequences for behavior.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  78. Katherine

    Having been a long-term substitute teacher here in Florida, and historically having felt unfavorable towards corporal puishment, I can't help but wonder if it would be better to have kids fear prospects of corporal punishment than to be hauled out of class by the courtesy officer from the Sheriff's office...over and over again.

    .I and other teachers had use that "availability". Watch a child being marched off by an officer of the law–only for a sound "talking to", of course. it presented a chilling "shades of the future" vista– to see these small children walking down the hall with the law officer–often repeatedly. Heartbreaking!

    I don't remember having officers of the law in my own elementary school days. But, I do remember being pretty scared about disciplinary procedures that I may have had to face in the principal's office , including possible paddling...should I have broken the rules of the school...

    So–what would be better? I have seen what doesn't work very well. And I have felt what did...

    May 6, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  79. Theron

    I think they should bring it back and I think they shouldn't bring it back. It keeps kids in check,but on the ohter hand I wouldn't want anybody hitting my daughter. The elementary school that I went to in Brooklyn,New York used to hit students and it kept us in line. It was a black private school in the hood, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn and the teachers didn't play around, they didn't tolerate any non-sense. They had a ruler for teaching and a ruler for beating. I done seen teachers hit students with rulers on their legs and the ruler breaks, it was the long ruler that they used on the chalk board.The ruler they used for beating was the 12 inch ruler.

    In first grade, my teacher used to hit us in the hand if we got a question wrong, so I told my moms and she went up to the school and spoke to the teacher and the teacher stopped. Hitting kids for wrong answers is wrong, but I think hitting them in the hand for misbehaving is more acceptable, but I'm still undecided about that.

    My third grade teacher had two 12 inch rulers taped together and they were strictly for hitting.She was the only one that two rulers taped together,every other teacher just used one 12 inch ruler. Me and a few of my friends once conspired to jump this student, mind you, we were in third grade, so don't hold this against me, we were kids. Anyway the teacher found out, because someone told on us, and she beat each of us with those two 12 inch rulers that were taped together on our hands,and that was the worst beating that I ever received in school. All of us were crying because of the pain, she hit all of us in both of our hands. My hands were hurting for the rest of the day, even during lunch I was feeling the pain and when I had to recite my multiplication tables in front the class, my hands were killing me.

    I think it kept us in check, they disciplined us, so we were getting discipline at home and in school.I think we turned out pretty good. The school is no longer open,I dont know if that's why it closed, but it did close down a while back.

    But even though it kept us in check, I wouldnt want anybody hitting my kid.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  80. Julietta Gonzague

    YES!YES!YES to corporal punishment...bring it back because the future of the nation is in moral decay..children today need to understand that soceity is designed to effectively punish bad actions...and the best way to enforce this is in the schools.abusing teachers? who is next..Police ? if this is not addressed (and all the other misdemeanor the kids exhibit) then boy oh boy..an yes i expect the "social workers and psychiatrist 2 cum with all their theories..but corporal punishment works..as long as its not exaggerated..train up the child right..if licks does it then use it...

    May 6, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  81. Dan

    To Mike Sey: Where has the "lack" of corporal punishment in school gotten us?
    Oh, that's right. Kids bring knives and guns to school, and as a matter of fact shoot other kids.
    A "lack" of discipline promotes violence.
    As my aunt use to tell me, who is now in her mid-90's, the greatest fear that she had as a school student was getting caught chewing gum in school.
    Now a days, kids (including my 2) have to wonder if they will make it through another day "safely", without getting hurt, or worse, killed.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  82. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Spare the rod and spoil the child this old saying is verry true .

    May 6, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  83. Dr. Donny

    Corporal punishment is a tricky thing. To bring it back to school I believe is a bad idea. I believe that studies need to be provided or done on the long term affect of corporal punishment on children. If it negatively affects them then it may hinder the development process and hurt the child mentaly.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  84. Josh P.

    Children are not adults, you cannot just talk to them and expect them to understand right and wrong. Physical punishment must follow the warning so a child knows the difference of right and wrong.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  85. Cj

    If you're for corporal punishment you're for child abuse. Enough said.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  86. psychmama

    It seems to me that bringing back corporal punishment would pose damage to some children who may be acting out because of a damaging home environment that's out of control. I thought that we were past this...

    May 6, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  87. John Grimm

    I think that there is a difference between discipline and abuse. I remember getting paddling several times in my life. There is a few times I deserve it and sometimes I didn't. The times I deserved it makes up for the times I didn't.
    If the brat needs a butt whipping give it to him.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  88. a.non

    Sure, as long as it isn't my kid.
    Are these people nuts? Solve everything with violence!

    May 6, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  89. J. Eason

    As a teacher, I do not agree with corporate punishment. So many times you can cure a discipline problem by showing the student the respect they deserve. You have no idea where they come from and the easiest way to maintain classroom discipline is to have a motivating lesson plan. Students who care about the subject will listen to the teacher and not act up because they want to learn.

    There will always be some kids who act up no matter what but a welcoming classroom atmosphere of respect and integrity can cure 97% of the discipline problems without having to send the student to the office at all.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  90. Matthew

    I have two young children. I have no problem with spanking. Occasionally it is the one thing that catches their attention. Do I try everything else in my arsenal before resorting to spanking? Yes I do. We've gotten just a tad sensitive in this world. When I was a child I got a hell of a lot worse than spankings, and I'm only 31, wasn't that long ago I was a child. I see too many families where the kids are running the show... won't happen in my house.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  91. Vicki Griffin

    I believe that if parents were doing their jobs, there would be no need to be paddling kids at school. There was a time when all you had to do was say "your parents will be contacted" and that was all that needed to be done. Maybe the parents should be paddled for failing to raise their children.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  92. Phyllis Law

    As a former teacher, I feel that discipline has slipped a bit since I left the profession. Students need to know there are consequieces for bad behavior. In public schools, a few days suspension is about as much punishment as they can recieve. That is just a few days to watch television and shop. Hardly a punishment. Something more specific and immediate would make a bigger imprssion to bring home the reality of consequences for bad behavior. "llick"? Yes, I think so.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  93. Pat

    Hitting, or threatening to hit, does not teach respect. It never has and never will.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  94. reece

    yes paddling should be brought back, look at the overall violence in school today.

    prayer- reguardless of whom ur maker is

    pledge of alegiance

    paddling

    since those three tools have been removed from our schools look at what has happen. I understand the freedom of choice, but however when you take these basic principles which teach our children responsibility then you have what has happen over the last 15 years across our country in our schools.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  95. Ifie

    Will be great to have it back.Was raised that way and i love my teachers for that now that I'm grown

    May 6, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  96. Christopher Foster

    YES! I am from Barbados and that system works here, and for many Caribbean islands. Children are well mannered because of the fear of the 'licks', and as a result keep out of trouble!

    May 6, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  97. Rebeca

    Absolutely not. There has got to be a better way to deal with this issue. What they really need to do is focus on the parents raising their kids wrong. My 20 months old child has better manner than most kids. Children are a reflection of their parents.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  98. William Johnson

    Having lived throught an educational system where corporal punishment was widely and regularly used, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the process. Early implementation of a system of meaningful consequences for inappropriate conduct can do nothing but help prepare a child for life in my opinion.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  99. Al

    Two wrongs don't make a right , when are we as a society going to act like civilize people instead of using ancestral methods. Violence is easy and a lazy way to solve anything and perpetuates the same senseless acts to the next generation .

    May 6, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  100. Mark

    My grade school principle used a paddle ball racket (wood paddle with holes) on bare bottoms with the school-wide PA system on. Can't remember more than two paddlings over three years. Discipline was not an issue ... no one was dumb enough to push a teacher.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  101. Beth

    To spank or not is a parental decision not the role of government or public schools! Teachers and school administrators unable to control the behavior of children should get additional training or find another occupation – their failings and inadequacies to do their job should not be solved through the use of violence.
    I feel very badly for any child in the classroom of an educator who sees corporal punishment as a ‘missing’ tool in their teaching arsenal!

    May 6, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  102. Julietta Gonzague

    SO CORPORAL PUNISHMNET IS VIOLENCE NOW-A-DAYS...?? WOW we need to go back to the old broom...the rod worked for me from 86-2003(when i was 17/18)...it worked for many of the grade 2 students i taught on the caribbean island of st.lucia...it becomes a problem when it is over-used or when it's the sole form of punishment...I Say bring bac the rod...and assess what happens after..we need to tame some of those kids or it will be a sad future for our soceity

    May 6, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  103. lin

    yes yes and yes...a good spanking never hurts anyone...its the lack of this kind of punsihment that has lead to teen killings murders and parents not given the right to grow their own child...and for those nay sayers...its not violence!...it never was when i was a kid...it never was when you were a kid,..violence is when you have kids bringing knives and guns to school and killing each other...that's violence!

    May 6, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  104. Sheree Debande

    I have always thought corporal punishment was a good tool for teachers to have access to.....until.....my 11 yo grandson came home with bruises on his buttocks caused by LICKS he had gotten in school that day. I still think corporal punishment is a good tool but, I will never again trust a teacher or other school official to administer it to my grandchildren again.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  105. rose92

    I think it is ridiculous to even consider bringing corporal punishment back.

    1.) you are teaching kids that physical violence is the answer and the way to get what you want

    2.) if this power is given to teachers, IT WILL BE ABUSED

    3.) it is not a real deterrent, there are many other ways to stop kids from misbehaving

    Maybe instead of using corporal punishment as a reaction to a problem, people should try and stop the problem from occuring at all

    May 6, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  106. Sean

    I grew up in East Texas through elementary and high school we were taught to say yes sir and no sir, to respect all authority figures. I received as many licks from my friends parents as my own, lending to the "takes a village to raise a child" concept. I rarely acted out in school due to the fear of the consequences of getting licks! I fully support it as well as practice it with my two sons when the circumstance calls for it. The problem is, I get regular phone calls from the school telling me my son has yet, another D-hall or 3 day suspension for being 5 minutes late for class. Does the school actually think this works? A D-hall? That's the biggest joke I've ever seen. I have no issues with them at home, they are respectful in every aspect. But because there is no fear of consequence away from the house, i.e. at school, well, "give em an inch, they'll take a mile... and others will follow suit. " Give these educators the means to continue the life education of choice/consequence beyond the walls of my home where these kids sit for 8-9 hours a day. That's what I trust them to do. Who here doesn't look at unruly kids in public and think to themselves "if that were my kid" ? Now, put 20-30 in your living room and tell me if you still believe in "time-out" or ISS making them sit there for 8 hours, still being unruly, just now not required to do any actual work. Bring it on I say! We tried no corporal punishment and see what came of that... get back to basics!

    May 6, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  107. ev

    I don't think anyone should lay a hand on a child unless it's their parent.The psychology of it would scare the child but only if they actually followed through with it. Teachers can find a new psychological way to scare children.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  108. Megs

    Absolutely. Parents these days don't want to be parents anymore and tend to hope the teachers teach them right from wrong, then by golly let them do so!

    I was a kid once... when I was put in the corner for a time out what was I doing? Plotting my revenge or drawing on my arm. When asked "Did you think about what you did?" We only tell them what they want to hear.

    There is a new trend where parents express how they will never spank.... but then wonder why they're unruly when they're older. UGH! Punish the parents while we're at it!

    May 6, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  109. Greg

    The fact is today there are kids who do not get any discipline at home. That is not the fault of the teachers, but the parents. I have a daughter, and when she misbehaves she gets warned, and if it happens again, she gets punished, sometimes by spanking with an explanation as to why she was spanked. As a result, she now stops the bad behavior, 95% of the time just by being told that if she doesn't stop the bad behavior she will get spanked. I am surrounded by teachers as my mother was a teacher, my youngest sister is a teacher, and so is my wife. I hear the same thing from all three, "There is no discipline left in the classroom, and I cannot teach in that environment." Kids today have different mind sets as opposed to 25+ years ago, in that they are subjected to many adult themes on the internet, television, and in pop culture. The respect given to teachers years ago by kids as someone that is above them and who is the authority in the classroom does not exist anymore. This is a result of weak parenting and the "modern" social culture, so where do we turn, and what do we do? The answer is to show kids they are not the one's in charge, that there are consequences and punishment to bad behavior, they do not know everything already, and that they are to obey and respect authority. Discipline at home is where it starts, but also it needs to be in schools to include paddling, as that may be the only place that kids of today get any discipline whatsoever, and are taught good and expected behavior. Back when I was in school, kids did not sas or attack teachers, bring guns to school, and teachers did not have sex with their underage students. We can see what is the result of not only a lack of discipline, but also what all of the over violenced and over sexed culture that is actually promoted in society today has caused. Only because something is changed in society and classified as progressive and modern, doesn't mean that it is better. Bringing corporal punishment back is a first step in correcting one of the problems that we have. Bringing back older ways of thinking and doing that are considered "old fashioned" that actually worked, would also be a good idea. Spanking works...period.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  110. Juri

    Yeah, they should bring back the paddle! As someone who has witnessed how utterly savage the other students can be, I fully support the ushering in of the time-tested form of discipline. The students in question, for the most part, view the current disciplinary system as a joke. If they took it seriously, they wouldn't frequently re-offend. Yet they do, and often. I think it's time to abandon the current system and give these budding criminals a more concrete, comprehensible and formidable form of punishment. Maybe then they'll learn their place in the school system and cease to be so disgustingly vile towards their teachers. Maybe, with corporal punishment as a tool, school can be a place where order reigns once more.

    Of course, teachers should use reason. The ideal is to teach the kid a lesson, not beat them to a bloody pulp. D:

    May 6, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  111. Xander Page

    No way jose! Corporal punishment is a outdated band-aid that attempts to modify the behavior of *children* through pain. Come on America! Let's examine and address the underlying causes for the children's 'bad' behavior in the classroom, not use lazy band-aid solutions that result in children needing band-aids on their bottoms.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  112. Mary Johnson

    Emphatically YES! I was a wild child myself. I had no fear at all of my teachers, who could not issue "licks". That lack of fear lead me and my fellow students to take advantage of our teachers at EVERY opportunity! And because we lacked the focus that discipline brings, we failed. I failed some of my classes so badly that it's shameful. I have spent my entire life trying to compensate for my failures in school as a result.

    Even a lion will cuff its cub to teach it the proper ways of survival and respect toward other lions. For us as human beings to do less for our children is to do them a great disservice.

    The same disservice my school did to me.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  113. Rudy Guerra

    Yes Yes and YES.

    Kids are out of control.
    The only losers here are the SRIINKS. The more crazy kids and the more responsible and respectful kids, the less business for SRINKS.

    I have two boys and I am all for it. I am also against kids and teenagers who wear their pants down. Schools should bring back uniforms.

    People with old fashions of bringing up their kids is what made America great.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  114. Monali Khandagle

    Corporal punishment is indeed needed for the students who think they can get away with anything in the classroom. I have worked at four different schools, from the lowest performing public school to private and charter schools with students from good backgrounds. in all schools, I have had students who think class time is entertainment time. They love to disrupt the class, are rude to teachers, do not care about their grades. Teachers are teaching with their hands tied, with no support from administrators who themselves cannot do much other than send student back to classroom after some ' counseling'.
    Corporal punishment is indeed needed for repeat offenders and needs to be meted out by the Deans office, not by the teacher.
    The fear of punishment will straighten a lot of students so that the classroom environment will improve for students and teachers.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  115. Jones

    I absolutely agree, but let us really bridge the gap between home and school. If the kids are required to attend school, the parents should be required to some PTA meetings. Develop a program to help parents reinforce what teachers are doing at school. Everyone has a hand in our future, take a more active role in our childrens development and for the duration of their school experience.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  116. Nicole

    What are we trying to teach our children? That hitting is okay if they are not following the rules. No. Our children are suffering enough from lack of responsibility from their parents. How children act in public and in school is a direct example of their home life. We should teach our children how to handle themselves when they act out. Our children are trying to communicate when they act out. Why not bring back the dunce hat and standing in the corner, or push ups. Then we are able to show the class that these disruptive behaviors are not tolerated. There is enough violence in our society. Lets change that by showing there is a different way to handle our frustration. Let's talk to our children.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  117. Dan Simonds

    When I was a kid,we didn`t screw up or be disrespectful because we knew we would get a whoopin. These days kids feel they can get away with anything because they know nothing will happen to them. I know parents who let their kids do whatever they want because their kids threaten to call police and say they hit them so they will go to jail. So,if parents can`t hit their own kids,then a teacher at school should never be able to touch a child.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  118. John

    No spanking in schools. My kids had that up to grade 5. The teacher had a good time spanking kids. He enjoyed it to much. If parents were allowed to spank it would make a difference. As it is now a parent would be put in jail if they spanked a child. To much has been taken away from parents.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  119. Dan

    We have removed the following from our schools:

    1) God;
    2) Prayer or meditation;
    3) The pledge of allegiance;

    Can someone explain to me where it has led us? Oh, that's right. Violence in schools with kids shooting other kids or kicking kids in to unconciousness or setting kids on fire.

    What a trade off. WAKE UP AMERICA and let's get back to our basic fundanmental morals.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  120. Aimie G.

    It is just plain senseless to think of paddling as "violence"; the two could not be more different. What we have actually done is charged our schools with the immense responsibility of protecting our children, but then taken away the tools they need to do it. If the parents of unruly children were an effective course of action, there would be no discipline problems and none of us would be talking about it now. If it were a perfect world we would call the parents in and have them paddle their own children. Put the responsibility for discipline where it belongs.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  121. Roco Brooklyn Center, MN

    I believe that it is the parents responsibility to discipline their children. Teachers can only do so much! This can cause more violence in the schools towards the teachers due to the way this generation is. Back in the 1980's parents were strict. Those that do not focus their time and their attention to the children this type of behavior will keep going from generation to generation. And there are teacher's as well that is not respect towards children. My 6 years old teacher has accused him for things that he did not do. So it goes both ways.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  122. Gene Mrozowski

    I would like to comment about corporal punishment against children. Many noted Psychologists have noted that the use of Corporal Punishment only empowers the child to accept that using force against someone, fellow students, siblings, and parents is acceptable. This has been determined to create a violent child who would carry this attitude into there adult years. I believe the Doctors you have on CNN have already brought up this issue and it was not a practice that should be used to correct a child. Also it instills fear in the child and inhibits there ability to learn. The child cited in this mornings article should have been sent to the Principles Office and taught that violent behavior is serious and then the parents should also be spoken to of there home environment.. I raised 3 children and did not hit them. I always discussed what they did was wrong or unsafe and that they would lose privileges if they continued with what they had done wrong. An adult is much stronger than a child and the children in our schools need protection also. I believe school bullying also enters into this type of treatment by other students. So which is it ? The Adult Teacher cannot control a child so now feels inflicting pain into the equation is a solution ? It's time the US starts thinking about our policies in an intelligent manner . Maybe we should just water board them.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  123. John E. Bunch II

    Just take a look at the disrespectful, unproductive, overweight, unchallenged, couch potato, video junkie – youths we have today who can't do simple math or science...and you'll know that we better take junk food out of the schools and put exercise, math, science and paddles back in, if we ever expect to compete against a hungry world who likes our standard of living enough to win it from us.

    John E. Bunch II
    Atlanta

    May 6, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  124. Richelle

    If a school is going to allow teachers to hit students, how are they going to handle the child that hits another student? The teacher can hit you but "sorry Johnny you have to be suspended for hitting Mikey!" That mentality doesn't work, modeling good behavior does. My firm belief is that good behavior and respect begins at home. Talking to children as situations arise about what is good and bad behavior is necessary so that they learn right from wrong. There are plenty of studies out there that support being scared of a paddle doesn't stop a child from doing wrong. Knowing this, I can't believe educators would revert to such archaic practices.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  125. atlteacher

    The big lie being told is 'paddling makes one agressive. Abused children are quite the opposite. Often, the children who act out are those who have no consequences in their life. Paddling and abuse are two different things. Ask any psychiatrist, they will say 'paddling works.' Why? Because many children are not cognivitely developed to make adult decisions, but they understand basic responses such as pain. Of course, paddling should not be in administered with anger and as a recourse but suspension should be the last resource.When students are not at school, they are causing havoc in the community. The children are running the classroom and talk about why children are not learning? Kudos to Texas, bring it back. "Spare the rod, spoil the child?'

    May 6, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  126. Loretta Hoskins

    Yes, with the way children are acting in school these days and getting away with it, I think a paddling in many cases will do more good than harm. Our four children were paddled when needed while growing up and they are all great law abiding citizens now, all putting themselves through college, with whatever help we could give them and have nice jobs.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  127. DeBorrah Foust

    I agree we need corporal punishment back in the school and in the home. The biggest mistake was stopping parents from spankings and teacher from paddlings. Since then kids act anyway they want, say anything they want. You send children to school for an education, 8 hours of their day, 5 days a week a child is being raised by someone else that has to put up with the mess parents have put into their children. The teacher that recieves injury for your lil Freddie Kugar, and Jason in their class room. The Nannie on T.V shows how crazy children are getting and parents calling someone to help with their lil wayward kids. In the 8 hours parents have with their children they are doing something else instead of giving full attention to what they are putting down. You scared to go to grocery store with them so you leave them home instead of training them on how to act in public. Don't want anyone to tell you when they are wrong, so you can correct them. Parents quit thinking that the wrong your children are doing is cute. Stop teaching your children your ugly bad habits. It lies on the parents to train up a child in the way they have them to go so they will not depart from it. Wake up America, It is time to get these kids together. While you at it teach them some respect. Respect for themselves and others.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  128. atlteacher

    Does anyone realize how many teachers have lost their jobs and called 'abusers' simply because a child said their teacher 'hit them.' They know their 'rights' better than the teacher. They disrupt and stop those who want to learn. Why should a teacher have to repeatedly tell a child to follow a simple direction, yet if the child refuses and harm comes to that child the teacher is sued? If one does not want their child touched, teach them to behave.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  129. Mike

    Corporal Punishment is not the probem. It is the lack of discipline and lack of direction not being instilled by the parents at home that is the underlying cause of the chidrens need to act out their aggressions on others. When I was a child going to grammar school in the early 60's I went to parochial school first through fifth grade then public school until graduating high school.
    I can tell you this, if I got out of line the nuns would slap us with rulers across the knuckles, we knew we deserved it. Only a severe breach of the rules required a trip to the Fathers (Priest in charge of the school) office. We were shown the paddle above his desk once with the understanding he was not afraid to use it.
    This did not worry me as much as what I knew would be waiting for me when I got home and had to explain my actions to my Parents. My parents expected me to behave in school the same way I did at home. To respect my elders and schoolmates, to not act like a fool and to learn as much as I could while I was there.
    I couldn't start a fight but if attacked I had the right to defend myself. If I got out of line at home or school I knew I could expect a good boot or smack in the behind as a reminder I had stepped out of line. ( Never a closed fist to the face or body )My parents told the teachers they did not want me beaten but if I stepped out of line they could certainly give me a spank on the bottom for disobeying.
    I never was traumatized by this as I knew why it was happening and had been warned many times what the consequences would be if i did it, so if I had stepped out of line I deserved a reminder not to do it again. Those who were mollycoddled and told not to do it again just laughed and moved on to more serious violent acts later on,often becomng the shool bullies They knew they had nothing to fear from anyone for their acts.
    I fear many of them are now in prison because noone took the time to straighten them out the first time they did something wrong when they got out of line when they were children, therefore they never learned the consquences of what happens when you do something wrong until they ran afoul of the law and were incarcerated. Discipline begins and ends ultimately at the home, stop trying to blame everything on the teachers, their job is tough enough as it is.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  130. Patricia Garrigan

    Never hit a child! I am a retired Special Education teacher who worked for 40 years at the middle school and high school levels so I speak from experience. Teachers who resort to fits of temper or a
    desire to hit students are people who are in desperate need of training in communicating with young people. The profession requires
    calm, thoughtful and sensitive approaches to anticipating the needs of students and listening to them. The education profession requires that a teacher actually like students. Too many child-adverse adults are employed by the schools.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  131. Richelle

    Discipline is NOT the same thing as punishment. In reality, where education is concerned, discipline means to teach a child self control. You cannot teach a child self control with punishment. It is learned through communication and appropriate modeling. Parents and teachers need to be better at modeling good behavior and talking to students about good behavior. Violence begets violence, period.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  132. Michael

    There are many people who were raised just fine without any form of corporal punishment in their home or school. However, those are not the children we are talking about. I personally feel that Corporal punishment should be brought back. These days, being sent to the "principals office" means nothing more then attention and a free pass home. Besides, the paddle never seemed to hurt nearly as much as the anticipation.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  133. Jackie Burns

    Definitely – but with oversight (at least 2 teachers present when administered – maybe a working tape to record it just in case there were any questions. There should be a designated location for this.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  134. Theron

    I disagree with one of the posters, because you can be a saint at home and go to school and cause trouble,it is easy to be a saint when the parents are around. When the parents aren't around that's when kids get tend to get into trouble.Everybody misbehaves, no matter how well they are raised at home. Every kid has done something in elementary school and/or junior high school that they weren't supposed to do,whether it is not putting your head down on the desk when told to do so or when you are told to be quiet, whatever it was, no kid behaved or listened all the time from kindergarten to the 8th grade, no one is perfect.

    It is on the teachers, they have to establish that line of authority. Whether the parents have established that or not, the teachers must establish that line of authority in their classroom.Whether the kids listen at home or don't, once they come to school and are in that classroom, it is the teacher's job to make sure that the kids listen. Once you go to school and the parents aren't there,the only adult in that classroom is the teacher, and the teacher must be respected by the students, that's the bottomline.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  135. Lisa - Teacher

    I am a teacher, and all comments have good points, but we cannot control classrooms anymore, mainly because the behavior at home is brought into the classroom. If there is good discipline and behavior at home, then there is generally good behavior at school. So, it does start at home, but please remember that kids have a "monkey see, monkee do" persona. Even if they are well-behaved by nature or through good discipline at home, they can and will immulate and perform some of the behavior that they see at school from their peers. It is a part of a childs' nature to "copy" their peers in all aspects. I understand that some people believe that paddling is "violence" or it teaches hitting...etc. But, the fact is that what we are doing now is NOT WORKING. The school system and the teachers do have a right to dictate the school rules and procedures. We do not use school uniforms, but we implemented a dress code that states what kids cannot wear. It works because it puts kids into a more uniform environment (Pardon the pun). In other words it eliminates differences that causes problems. We also pledge alliegence to the flag, and don't allow cell phones or i-pods...etc. There is an arguement to be made for corporal punishment as well, as long as it fits the crime, and is administered on an equal basis. Paddling outside the classroom where the students' peers can hear it, has a positive effect on behavior, as it is more of an embarrassment than anything else, in which the student doesn't want to go through that again. I agree with an earlier comment that the things kids are subjected to and taught via the internet, video games, movies, or t.v. shows, regarding adult themes is a major problem that sometimes parents cannot trump. We need to bring back a moral standard that protects and keeps kids away from all of the violence, sex, and adult themes that they really cannot handle or understand. Remember, they copy what they see and hear.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  136. mike sey

    To Dan:

    I hardly think that "paddling", licking or beating the Kevin Klebolds in this world would have done anything to keep them from arming themselves and revenging themselves on their school. After all , wasn't it a sense of being bullied, pushed around and otherwise picked on that led them to act in the first place?

    Gun control might have helped, but paddling, no matter how severe, never!

    I grew up in a system where 'whacking' with anything close at hand was ubiquitous. Like many here, I would say it didn't do me any lasting harm, but I doubt it did me much good either. On the other hand, I saw how it taught us to be sneakier in our misbehaviour and how the stripes of a good beating were worn as badges of honour by the incorrigible, clumsy and less sneaky. I also saw how it was abused and how some, often the innocent, odd, different and unpopular, were destroyed by it.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  137. Sheldon

    Absolutely not !!! What dummy conjured this up. That's right I forgot this is the same state that gave us the idiot before a real President got into office Barack Obama. Someone should have smacked Baby Bush Jr. upside the head with a lick.(lol)

    May 6, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  138. Wes Durant

    There is an old addage – spare the rod and spoil the child. It is as true today as it was when I was in school 70 yeasr ago. Discipline has to begin at home!

    May 6, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  139. Denise Slater

    Are you kidding me? Pick on someone your own size. There is no need to use any type of physical punishment on anyone. I grew up with corporal punishment in the seventies just before it was on its way out. I wasn't too much affected by it, but it taught me to hit children when they were bad. Now that I am older and wiser and understand that my words are more powerful, I have vowed never to hit a child again. As an educator there are so many underlining reasons in why children act out in the classroom. Have you ever thought that a child is being abused at home in some kind of way and to have to be subjected to that type of punishment in school in my opinion will only worsen the problem. To be an educator today, it takes an understanding of the underlining social issues that the child may be dealing with. I admit teaching is getting tougher and tougher, but we have to be willling to do the work as adult mentors first and not taking the easy way out by hitting a child.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  140. Denise Slater

    What is all this business that everything starts and ends in the home. As an adult when I walk out of the door in the morning, my job is to protect a child in any way I can. When parents drop their children off at school with me, they can rest knowing that I will provide a comfortable, safe and respectful atmosphere for their children. We seem to have forgotten our jobs as adults. When we reach a certain age, we are mentors to all children. Of course you have your own worries, but children look to all adults for guidance and protection. The problem most definately probably started at home, but do we blame the child for an adult who probably is still learning themselves or may have had a bad upbringing. As an adult it is my job to mentor and not use violence against any man, wooman or child, unless my life depended on it. The world is moving faster and children are being left to raise themselves. In many cases children are being raised by single mothers. We can continue to take the attitude that it's not my child so it's not my responsibility all we want, but eventually that child that is left unattended to will one day affect us in some way. I am my brother's and sisters keeper. It takes a village to raise a child and a village to keep an adult ane. Let's step up as adults and guide our children. We should not guide out of fear, but out of love and understanding!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  141. Al Root

    Absolutley, there has got to be more control of school kids. Seems their parents are unable and some donot try to control their own children. Too busy, so then it is time for someone else to do it. I had more paddlings than I care to count. I feel I became a good person, the Marines helped also, and my children was disciplined also. Never had to hit them much, but got their respect and had no problems with them all their lives, and they don't come home to live, only to see us and help us. We talk on the phone everyday, text, emails too. Last words to each other is "always" Love you. Give em He__, if they have it coming.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  142. DJ

    Yes, it should be brought back. The only problem is the parents don't reinforce it. I think the parents should get paddled for allowing their children to behave like this and cosigning their child's behavior.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  143. Greg

    The previous comment about being my brother and sisters' keeper from D.Slater, albeit a teacher, is misguided. Everyone has their opinion, but it is not my job or anyone else's to raise other peoples' children. Parents are responsible for stepping up to the plate to raise, teach, and discipline their OWN children in the home. My wife is a teacher and she and I both have the exact opposite opinion over the previous one by D. Slater. Which is, if you believe spanking is violence or abuse therein lies your problem. There is a difference between violence, abuse, neglect, and the act of discipline. I do agree that too many children are being left to raise themselves, therefore they get no discipline at all. That is why it is important to have a strict disciplinary code in schools, and to follow through with it. In my previous comment, I mentioned this, as children today are living in a world of gray, wothout a right and wrong standard. There is nothing wrong with disciplining a child for bad behavior, and allowing the punishment to fit the wrong, and also conveying to that child why they were paddled or spanked goes along way for the understanding with the child of how consequences come from bad behavior. There is a HUGE difference in telling a child if they participate in bad behavior they will be disciplined up to and including a spanking, (and this also teaches the children that you mean what you say), and abuse, which is hitting or beating a child among other things in places other than the rear end for NO REASON AT ALL OR FOR ENJOYMENT. I will say that I have never seen a time or heard of a "civilized' country that abuses its children such as what is happening today in the U.S. Sexual predators and people killing their own kids.....what is going on? But with that said too many children today sas, misbehave...etc., like we have all done in the past when we were a child, and the parent of today more than not, does nothing about it except say, "If you do that again, if you do that again, if you do that again." This teaches a child nothing except that they can do anything they want multiple times, with no consequence, and if schools cannot really discipline, then the child gets no teaching of consequence whatsoever. Granted there are children who are abused, and they lash out, but schools need to work to recognize this, and report it, instead of just saying we are not going to discipline, we are going to counsel only. This is a bad approach, because not all children who are lashing out or exhibiting bad behavior come from abusive households, and "counseling" or suspension only, will not work. If a child is misbehaving in school and being disruptive, abusive to other classmates...etc., then the school needs to contact the parents, tell them whats going on, and let the parents know that if the bad behavior persists, then the child will be subjected to disciplinary action to include being paddled. It works, it is embarrassing to the child and this is more of a deterrent than the sting of a paddle across the rear, they will learn consequence, it will be carried out after the behavior has been committed with explanation, and it is better than suspension which only keeps them out of the classroom and away from learning.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  144. Briana

    I agree bring back the licks! Kids are out of line these days, have no respect. I hope it comes back and every state follws!

    May 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  145. Dr. Jerry Daniel

    For generations corporal punishment was used by loving parents. The children upon whom it was given are the ones who built this great country. Corporal punishment, properly administered, is a great tool. First, it should never be used when the authority figure is mad. Then, it should never be given for the benefit of the authority figure, but for the benefit of the child. Third, the child should be reassured of the authority figure's love for the child and that, once administered, full fellowship is restored. Finally, corporal punishment should be reserved for particular offences, of which the child is fully aware.

    May 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  146. mom of 3

    A spanking is not violence. It's a form of punishment. And punishment is what happens AFTER a child has misbehaved or not followed the rules. A parent that disciplines their children with a spanking is NOT beating their child, they are NOT abusing their child. They are teaching their child that there are consequences for their actions. A time out may not always work, a calm spoken word may not always work. Sometimes my children need a smack on the bottom to realize that I mean business and what I say goes, there is no wiggle room. I love my children and I am teaching them how to be good people and how to have manners. There are too many children that aren't being taught anything other than "get yours, don't care about any one else". The lack of common curtsy in children these days disgust me. The lack of parenting disgusts me as well. WAKE UP PEOPLE!! These children are our future!!! Teach them and train them well!

    May 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  147. Travis

    I lack any faith in the system or it's ability to teach my children, much less discipline them. People need to stop being sheep and promoting factory worker mindsets in their children.

    May 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  148. csmith

    I didnt experience it in school but i did grow up with a mother who did and she used it on us when we were growning up. I believe it should be used again in schools but if these parents would discipline thier children from the very beginning there would be no problems to begin with. It all starts at home and if the kids dont get disciplined there why should they listen to what anyone else tells them to do. I see kids everyday that tell thier parents what to do and scream and yell at them, thats not the way kids are supposed to act at all but OBVIOUSLY the parents are not doing thier jobs. i cant stant to see kids act like that! So needless to say, if its not being taught at home, someone has to teach them.

    May 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  149. Val Young

    Every parent of a disrespectful and unruly student needs a lick too!

    May 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  150. Raymond W. Seward

    Absolutely NOT!!!!!!!!! If anyone physcially abused my children in any way they would answer to me. I don't care who you are, you hit my child I hit you back!!!!! I do feel however that disapline in the school system is very lax. When I was in school if I did something wrong I had to go to the principals office and there depending on what I did I would receive my punishment. It would range anywhere from detention after school to suspension to being expelled. What I feared most was the phone call to my parents. Of course that was back in the day where parents were not only ALLOWED to spank their children, if required they were EXPECTED to. Then Deyfus and rights for children came in to the picture and wala if a parent hit their child they ended up in court. Disapline should start at home and then in the courts. Parents today are not held accountable for their childrens actions the way they were in the 50's and 60's. If I did something as a child that cause damage to anyones property my parents had to pay, then I had to pay at my parents hands. Parents have to get better control of their children and the laws need to change to allow them to do it. With all the advanced subjects in school today, so that we may compete with the world, the basics have been forgotten. We were also taught respect and manners when we were in school but not anymore. But then again thats when we had school saftey patrols that were respected by the other students, we monitored the hallways, restrooms, kept order in the school, we were the crossing guards kept students in line to and from school, and yes I as a school saftey patrol even evacuated our school in a timely and orderly manner during a bomb scare. What do we have now, POLICE in the schools, paid crossing guards (which are a joke and a waste of taxpayers money). Why do we even have them, the children cross the street with the guards and then walk right down the middle of the road (what a joke) The laws need to change, police need to start issuing tickets for jay walking and parents have to have the right to disapline their children the way they see fit shy of abuse. Our whole system is a joke, so I guess the answer to the problem is to give our teachers the right to hit our children. I don't think so. I believe the teacher has the right to defend themselves, but schools need to be more proactive in suspensions, and expelling students. The parents also need to be held accountable for their childrens actions.

    May 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  151. tb

    Not just NO, Heck No. You have no idea another person's motivation. There is no regulation of this practice. Nobody gets any training on how not to injure children. Aren't we as a society supposed to be protecting children from harm? Nowadays it can be construed as sex abuse. It is innapropriate, especially in middle and high schools. Let's stop patterns of violence in schools. Hitting children is wrong

    May 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  152. Chad

    Capital punishment at schools are notthe answer, here in California it has been banned years ago. It is the responibility of the partent s of the child to decipline their children not schools.With there being decipline at home than the children will be more calm at school and will listen more. If i found out that one of my boys were spanked with a paddle at school, I would have a lawsuit on the school district,and the pricipal and teacher of my child fired not counting the child abuse charges i'd bring against all the above mentioned.
    Chad.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  153. Cynthia

    Allow the teachers to paddle the kids. Listen up people! It works! These kids have to know that there are consequences for each and every one of their actions. Some consequences are good and some are not so good. What is going on in the schools is not working now so for those liberal yahoos who think their Dr. Spock psychology is the answer- WAKE UP and smell the coffee! Discipline is what the kids need not some flowery psychology.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  154. gloria lewis

    I am from an island guess what i see the way these kids act there is no way you could pay me to dael with these kids .I actually feel bad for these teachers .I got licks at school and if i was smart i would not tell my parents because i would get more at home .Parents did not care about what you did if the teacher saw a need to punish you no explanation was needed .My son who went to school on the islands for a while still remember getting licks at school .They need to bring back corporal punishment or it will get worst .
    Parents should welcome this as it will help keep their kids in line ,parents have got to work with the teachers for the sake off their kids .We should have to have guidelines and make sure everyone is on the same page .

    May 7, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  155. Audrey A. Westergreen

    I agree. I went to sign out my grandchild at the school office, and the signI out book was very telling as to what is goin on in the classrooms.
    About every other name had "suspension" written after it! Every other name! Now what have we done? We have given the kids that cause the strife for teachers, a free day to go and have fun at the expense of their education. I say, If a kid is so bad that he needs suspension, then how about a week (that counts for his days not in school) at a Marine boot camp for kids who don't know how to behave, be courteous, "Yes Mam, No Mam" and stay quiet when you are talkin, and teach them what they should have been taught at home. Most of the kids only have one parent and they are in bed and don't really care what the kids are doing or where they are, or who they are hanging out with. Yes! Bring the punishments back to the schools and the Principles need to have more experience in the managing of teachers and kids. We have Principles who are WIMPS!

    May 7, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  156. ken

    Teachers who can't control their students need to give up their tenure and find another line of work. Lets see, teachers want to beat students with a belt or paddle because they talk in class or throw a spit ball. Students are being forced by state law to go to school, they have no choice. Maybe students who have boring teachers should be able to stay at home and not go to school. Why don't we have corporal punishment for road rage. If someone cuts you off take out your belt and beat the hell out or her or him. If someone cuts if front of you in line take out your paddle and beat them into the ground. Sounds great to me.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  157. kathleen

    When I was in school corporal punishment was permissible and there was no ADHD. Could there be a direct relationship here? Out of control kids today get a psychological evaluation and drugs because their parents won't discipline them and the schools aren't allowed to. We got punished–I remember having tape across my mouth and a swat with a paddle–which immediately cured my ADHD.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  158. John Kell

    I say bring it to the workplace. If we discipline the slackers at work, I could cut my work week by several hours.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:04 am |
  159. Dan Goldberg

    NO! Paddling was outlawed in public schools for a reason! You DON'T hit a child, ESPECIALLY not in public school! If you have to resort to paddling, then you have FAILED as a teacher and should be FIRED. You want paddling? How about we have the principal paddle the teachers when they FAIL to do their job?

    May 8, 2010 at 4:08 am |
  160. gina beltran

    this is barbaric.no one has the right to hit children but their parents and if parents cant handle them put them in jail.scare them alittle.they want to act tough and disrupt the classroom then put them in an environment where their is people tougher than them.teachers will be opening themselves up to all sorts of lawsuits.and its illegal anyway.that would be called assulting a minor and its a felony.this law should not be passed,let the court system deal with them.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  161. Corvus1

    If breeder units are too lazy/squeamish/whatever to be bothered with teaching their kids how to behave and respect their elders, then yes, teachers should be given the authority to physically discipline them.

    May 8, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  162. Chris

    If I found out my kid was paddled for acting up I wouldn't be against it. I was spanked as a kid and it kept me in line; statistics show that disruptive student behavior has increases since they banned "licking" these kids. It's all about the psychology, a kid is more likely to act up if he knows his consequences are detention compared to a red ass.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  163. JoannfromNV

    I seriously cannot believe how many of you are saying yes to this.
    My opinion: Absolutely not.

    What is it teaching them? Seriously..? To hit others when they are upset with them? We are not just talking about 5 years olds here...we are talking about K-12.

    I looked this up a couple months ago after watching the CNN video about the girl who was out of dress code for her prom and chose to be suspended as punishment rather than being paddled. 18 other students chose to be paddled. Somehow, to me...that sure doesn't seem like students are afraid of it anyway.
    Her reason for choosing suspension? Because she felt that they were too old to be paddled.

    Anyway, I guess I was living under a rock because this girl's story is the first I had heard about corporal punishment in the US...Living in a state that doesn't allow it (thank gosh) I thought this was killed a long, long time ago- like it should have been. Instead, I found out that 22 states allow it. To me this is sickening.

    I encourage all of you that think that beating our students is the solution to really do some studying on the effects that corporal punishment is proven to have on the behavior and development of children.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:23 am |
  164. john doe

    If" WE" paddle our own chirldren the "SCHOOL'S" shouldn't have to!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 9, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  165. revere132

    That would be a twist. Lately the students have been spanking the teachers. Who's your daddy!?

    May 9, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  166. mom of 3

    WOW – you people don't get it!

    Spanking a child isn't done out of anger, it isn't done to harm the child. It IS done as a form of punishment. It is NOT violence. It doesn't teach the child to hit other children when they are angry, it teaches them that there are repercussions for their actions. It teaches them that there are consequences.

    If you think that a child only gets a spanking when the adult is angry, then you people really need to grow up and get a brain.

    Tell me, what does suspending or expelling the child teach them? Or what does taking away their Wii or DS really do?

    Parents aren't parenting any more, if there child acts up and the teacher is tired of it, that child automatically has ADD and needs to be put on medication. So yes, let's pump our children full of drugs so that they will sit quietly and not move. Let's not actually make our children realize that their behavior matters,

    And a teacher would NOT be the one that is administering the licks, it would have to be the principal or assistant principal.

    I'm sick and tired of the lack of respect that children have these days. They don't say "thank you". They don't say "excuse me". They don't give a care about anyone but themselves and the parents aren't teaching them anything other than that. I, for one, don't want to live in a world of that. I am teaching my children to have RESPECT. And if that means that they have to have a smack on their bottom to remember that, then so be it.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  167. Carol Oakley

    Kyra, Very well put. I agree fully but we also need to address the injustice of laws that protect the "rights" of so called citizens who have given their support and allegiance to terrorists groups and/or enemies of our country. I agree with the statement "If you're attacking your fellow Americans in an act of war you lose the rights that come with citizenship," reportedly said by Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman.

    May 11, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  168. Amelia

    We need to go back to the old way of doing things, when it comes to dealing with children. Kick Dr Spock and all the other touchy-feely-talky hogwash out of our schools and go back to good old-fashioned DISCIPLINE. I am *NOT* saying beat a misbehaving child to the point where they are in need of medical treatment, but two or three whacks with a paddle or a belt would make them straighten up and fly right. I'd rather have a child a little bit afraid of adult authority, if that means the child would obey the rules and do what we expect them to, than a child running wild because they don't think we can do anything to them. Like several of the other posters on here have said, children need to learn that there are consequences for bad behavior.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  169. Nicole

    I do not believe that paddles and corporal punishment should be allowed or accepted in the school systems.

    If a child is acting out or exhibiting challenging behaviors, they as responsible adults we must look deeper into why (which starts with home life) then refer as needed. Most likely they are already physical or otherwise punished at home; therefore, they need someone to help them understand a healthy and positive way to share their emotions.

    May 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  170. Angie

    I agree completely. I believe that is why we have so many issues in school today. It's been many years since I have been in school. We did have corporal punishment. Never was there a full time policeman employed at our school. Kids now days have no consequences for their actions. That is why they are getting away with everything. It's a sad day when we need metal protectors on all entry's of the school. I'm not sure of the statistics on foster care children but I would almost bet that is why there are so many juvenile justice children. Because they have never had any consequences until it's too late in life. After being in states custody they are so far out of control that their is no bringing them back out of that kind of life.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm |