Friday, November 20, 2009

This just in...

Corporal Punishment is allowed in Tennessee! When I heard it I could NOT believe it. Chris and I help lead the youth at our church and one of the students, who goes to a private school, is getting paddled today. I thought I misheard him, but I didn't. He preceded to tell me that paddling was allowed at private schools if your parents sign a waiver when you first enter the school saying it is OK. Of course I was curious so I asked all about how it goes down. He said that he has to go into the principal's office, get patted down (making sure he doesn't have a wallet or anything that would get in the way of the paddle. Which, yes, means the principal touches his butt), touch his toes and get paddled 3 times. Seriously? That just seems so 1800s to me. And wrong. How can a parent actually think that having their 16 year old son get paddled by their principal is going to make him behave better? Ridiculous!

5 comments:

Terry said...
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Terry said...

When I was in 5th grade (public school) I got paddled by the principal for being repeatedly disruptive in class. I wasn't disruptive in class again that year.

Fast forward to 2009 my 10 year old daughter Alexandra. She has been repeatedly disruptive to her mother in the mornings, not getting up and being disrespectful. Two weeks ago she received 2 swats, I have heard nothing but good reports since that day 2 weeks ago.

Paddling works, if it is done for correction, and not out of anger.

Kathryn Spencer said...

same situationo in grenada - bad kiddos in my elementary thru high school got whoopins a good bit. worked on some, didn't on others.

Abby said...

hmm i wonder what TENN laws are like

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