Texas Schools Bring Back Corporal Punishment, Approves Paddling To Punish Students

Texas Schools Bring Back Corporal Punishment, Approves Paddling To Punish Students

The board requires the parents to sign up to have their kids paddled and have the option to refuse to do so.

Growing up, kids are bound to make mischief and cause trouble. It's all a part of growing up that helps children build character by learning from their mistakes. Sometimes the adults in charge of the children may tire after dealing with a child's shenanigans one too many times. But dealing it with physical violence, even if it is a rap on the shoulder should not be an acceptable option. But this Texas school district must believe in the notion that action does, in fact, speak louder than words and is considering bringing back paddling as a way to discipline their children and doing away with detention or suspension to crack down on them. 


If you are alarmed and pray that the parents will do something about it, according to Shareably, it turns out it was the parent's idea in the first place. The Three Rivers Independent School District includes three schools and board of trustees has approved the policy which will be allowing the use of paddles to be used as corporal punishment against misbehaving students, reports Fox News. But luckily the policy also allows the parents to opt-out of the punishment for their kids. The board requires the parents to sign up to have their kids paddled and have the option to refuse to do so. 


“If the parent is not comfortable with it, that’s the end of the discussion,” Three Rivers ISD Superintendent Mary Springs told the Caller-Times. The unfortunate students whose parents have given their approval for corporal punishment will receive one paddling, from a paddle likely made of wood, for his or her infraction when they misbehave at school. Fifteen states in the US allow schools' use of corporal punishment and Texas is one of these states. This is in spite of the efforts of the US Education Secretary, John King, who wrote an open letter urging schools across the country to refrain from using corporal punishments saying that it is "harmful, ineffective, and often disproportionately applied to students of color and students with disabilities."


According to the Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA,) "Corporal punishment is defined as the deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping or any other physical force used as a means of discipline." It further states, "Educators may use corporal punishment only if the board of trustees has adopted a policy allowing the use of corporal punishment unless the student’s parent, guardian or other person having lawful control over the student has previously provided a written, signed statement prohibiting the use of corporal punishment for the student." 


"We think that corporal punishment should be a family decision, not a school decision," superintendent Sheryl Moore told CBS. "We will provide the parent with all the information necessary regarding the situation so they can decide whether they think that's appropriate. But that's not something the school district wants to be involved in." Andrew Amaro, the behavior co-ordinator of Three Rivers Independent Schools District, who stated that corporal punishment worked for him said, "It was an immediate response for me. I knew that if I got in trouble with a teacher and I was disrespectful, whatever the infraction was, I knew I was going to get a swat by the principal."


The Independent reported that the school will keep track of the number of times the paddle is used for disciplinary purposes. "We will look at how many discipline referrals were made compared to last year and how many times [corporal punishment] was administered," said Springs. "If it reduces the number of discipline referrals, then that is a good thing." The Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment of Children states that corporal punishment is the most common form of violence against children worldwide that violates children’s right to respect for their human dignity and physical integrity. It also causes them emotional hurt that the adults don't acknowledge. 


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