Update – More research on spanking is: here.
Evidently, in Missouri, teachers are still allowed to spank children in school. I think that is appalling. And, it makes me think that some activists should probably focus on making sure no schools in any state are allowed to use corporal punishment on children. It is outrageous that a civilized country would allow people to hit children.
I disagree with parents using corporal punishment. But, if parents believe they need to, maybe someone could say it is necessary to keep children “safe” from the dangers of fire, or harm or something. Though, there is absolutely no reason to lay hands on students at school. School is meant to educate and nurture. If teachers or a school can’t reach out to a child in a way that creates harmony and growth, the student should find another school or stay home from school.
The news in Missouri (which is being translated wrong by some news outlets as “proposed law allows schools to spank children”) is that the Missouri House has passed a law which includes new measures concerning spanking in school. So, first of all, the legislature should probably not casually condone spanking, by itemizing details about it in state law. In addition, the new rules require that two adults be present in the room when a child is spanked. They believe that that will make it better. It could make it worse – more humiliating, etc.
I think the legislature, who is starting to understand the problem with spanking, should either ignore the situation OR write a law clearly outlawing spanking in schools. No child should go to our compulsory school system, and be faced with grown-ups who may commit ritual violence on them. And, to do so in front of other children, ie: in the classroom. Anyone who has gone to college to be a teacher and cannot figure out a way to outwit a 5 year-old, a 10-year-old, is ridiculous. They need another line of work. (Wonder how old you are allowed to spank? Wonder if in Missouri they allow male teachers to spank 16-year-old girls?)
Below is an excerpt from a news story in the state.
(I can’t help but find it ironic that another news story of the day, is the 9-year-old who shot his father and his father’s roommate. Evidently, the boy had told the police that he did not want to receive his 1,000th spanking.)
(excerpt from) KansasCity.com / AP
Missouri House approves school safety legislation
JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri school districts could require student uniforms and it would be harder to sue teachers under legislation passed by the House on Wednesday.
The provisions are part of a broader measure, approved 160-0, that lawmakers hope will improve school safety. Besides school uniforms and lawsuit protections, the legislation restricts but does not legally prohibit the disciplinary spanking of students…
Another provision is designed to tighten a Missouri law that lets school districts permit employees to spank students. Lawmakers are concerned the provision could be used to restrict investigations into incidences when a teacher spanks a student with sexual intent.
Under the measure approved Wednesday, a second school employee would need to be present when a student is spanked. It also specifically states that spanking is permissible under state law only if there is no allegation of sexual misconduct.
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