Bomb Abroad Spank At Home

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Corporal punishment, the beating or striking of children with hand, belt, switch, hairbrush or other, is now banned in 39 countries.  Such violence drives a child’s anger underground, makes him or her distrust and fear parents, creates depression. It has in some cases caused death or permanent injury.  Arson by juveniles is one effect of the hiding of their anger at being violated.

Fundamentalist Christians quoting ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’ are at odds with the limitless compassion of Jesus who said “suffer the children to come unto me”.

Shelby Capacio writes:

“Currently, 19 states allow teachers to ‘paddle’ pupils.According to data gathered by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, an estimated 223,190 students were subjected to what is known as “paddling” during the 2005-2006 school year. Typically, that involves using a wooden paddle that is often 15 inches long to strike a student three or more times on the buttocks or upper thighs. In some cases, shaved down baseball bats, hands, or rulers that are taped together are used.

Data shows black students, disabled children struck more frequently. A study conducted in 2009 by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch found a disproportionate number of the students who were struck by educators were disabled, accounting for 18.8 percent of the total incidents during the 2006-2007 school year. The estimates also show that black students received a disproportionate amount of corporal punishment as well — 35.67 percent — even though they made up only 17.13 percent of the student body.”

Corporal punishment can also be a form of sexual abuse which excites the abusive teacher or parent.

“Bomb Abroad Spank At Home” was a phrase repeated by Tom Ashbrook of On Point in an hour’s discussion of the corporal punishment of children.    A caller on his show made the point that we are not allowed to hit adults in the US. Why are parents allowed to hit the most powerless and most voiceless: children?

-saiom shriver-

Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, by State

The following table lists the states allowing corporal punishment in schools according to state name and the number of students hit.

States Allowing Corporal Punishment
State     Number of students hit     Percent of total students
Alabama     33,716     4.5%
Arizona     16     (1)
Arkansas     22,314     4.7
Colorado     8     (1)
Florida     7,185     0.3
Georgia     18,249     1.1
Idaho     111     0.4
Indiana     577     0.5
Kansas     50     .01
Kentucky     2,209     0.3
Louisiana     11,080     1.7
Mississippi     38,131     7.5
Missouri     5,159     0.6
New Mexico     705     0.2
North Carolina     2,705     0.2
Ohio             672     0.04
Oklahoma     14,828     2.3
South Carolina     1,409     0.2
Tennessee     14,868     1.5
Texas     49,197     1.1
U.S. total     223,190 0.46

NOTES: Figures are from 2008.
1. Less than 0.1%
Source: The Center for Effective Discipline, Columbus, Ohio.
States Not Allowing Corporal Punishment

The following table lists the states that do not allow corporal punishment in schools, according to state name and the year in which corporal punishment was banned.
State     Year
Alaska     1989
California     1986
Connecticut     1989
Delaware     2003
Hawaii     1973
Illinois     1993
Iowa     1989
Maine     1975
Maryland     1993
Massachusetts     1971
Michigan     1989
Minnesota     1989
Montana     1991
Nebraska     1988
Nevada     1993
New Hampshire     1983
New Jersey     1867
New York     1985
North Dakota     1989
Ohio     19941
Oregon     1989
Pennsylvania     2005
Rhode Island     1977
South Dakota     1990
Utah     19922
Vermont     1985
Virginia     1989
Washington     1993
West Virginia     1994
Wisconsin     1988

Read more: Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, by State |

The following countries have banned corporal punishment.

Bolivia (2014)

Brazil (2014)

Malta (2014)

Honduras (2013)

TFYR Macedonia (2013)

South Sudan (2011)

Albania (2010)

Congo, Republic of (2010)

Kenya (2010)

Tunisia (2010)

Poland (2010)

Liechtenstein (2008)

Luxembourg (2008)

Republic of Moldova (2008)

Costa Rica (2008)

Togo (2007)

Spain (2007)

Venezuela (2007)

Uruguay (2007)

Portugal (2007)

New Zealand (2007)

Netherlands (2007)

Greece (2006)

Hungary (2005)

Romania (2004)

Ukraine (2004)

Iceland (2003)

Turkmenistan (2002)

Germany (2000)

Israel (2000)

Bulgaria (2000)

Croatia (1999)

Latvia (1998)

Denmark (1997)

Cyprus (1994)

Austria (1989)

Norway (1987)

Finland (1983)

Sweden (1979)


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