Group Aims To Reduce Spanking In NC Schools

Children's advocates in North Carolina who lost a political tussle over corporal punishment in the public schools last year are trying again this year by focusing on a spanking ban for children with disabilities.

Action for Children North Carolina released on Wednesday a report showing corporal punishment was used more than 1,400 times in 26 school districts that still use it during the last school year.

The group asked state legislators to pass a broad ban for children with physical, mental or similar challenges. They said there are better ways to deal with disruptive behavior.

Districts have the option to use corporal punishment. In 2009, the state Senate rejected a bill that would have allowed adults to opt out their children in the districts that still use it.

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  • by PDeverit Location: Seattle WA on Mar 18, 2010 at 09:54 AM
    People used to think it was necessary to "spank" adult members of the community, military trainees, and prisoners. In some countries they still do. In our country, it is considered sexual battery if a person over the age of 18 is "spanked", but only if over the age of 18. For one thing, because the buttocks are so close to the genitals and so multiply linked to sexual nerve centers, striking them can trigger powerful and involuntary sexual stimulus in some people. There are numerous physiological ways in which it can be sexually abusive, but I won't list them all here. One can use the resources I've posted if they want to learn more. All materials listed may be accessed at the website of Parents and Teachers Against Violence In Education at
  • by PDeverit Location: Seattle WA on Mar 18, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    Child buttock-battering vs. DISCIPLINE: Child buttock-battering (euphemistically labeled "spanking","swatting","switching","smacking", "paddling",or other cute-sounding names) for the purpose of gaining compliance is nothing more than an inherited bad habit. Its a good idea for people to take a look at what they are doing, and learn how to DISCIPLINE instead of hit. I think the reason why television shows like "Supernanny" and "Dr. Phil" are so popular is because that is precisely what many (not all) people are trying to do. There are several reasons why child bottom-slapping isn't a good idea. Here are some good, quick reads recommended by professionals: Plain Talk About Spanking by Jordan Riak, The Sexual Dangers of Spanking Children by Tom Johnson, NO VITAL ORGANS THERE, So They Say by Lesli Taylor M.D. and Adah Maurer Ph.D.
  • by PDeverit Location: Seattle WA on Mar 18, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    Just a handful of those helping to raise awareness of why child bottom-slapping isn't a good idea: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychological Association, Center For Effective Discipline, Churches' Network For Non-Violence, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Parenting In Jesus' Footsteps, Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment of Children, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In 26 countries, child corporal punishment is prohibited by law (with more in process). In fact, the US was the only UN member that did not ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • by MO Location: Wilson Co on Mar 12, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    Now I do spank my child when needed but I dare anyone else to lay a hand on him. You call me and I will take care of it.
  • by I teach on Mar 11, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    I was unaware that this was still going on. To re-introduce this style of discipline in schools today would be counter productive. We'd be opening ourselves up to so many lawsuits that we never be able to do our jobs.
  • by Scott on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    Spare the rod, spoil the child. Kids need this disipline. That's what's wrong with them today. I had my share of whippings and I deserved everyone of them. Now I'm an adult with kids and I will whip them if they need it.
  • by FedUp! Location: Pitt on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    Spare the rod, spoil the child!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    NC schools can spank? Huh, then why cant the parents do that anymore to thier children without reprimand? Children should be punished when they do something wrong and that is why the children are the way they are....because no one punishes them. I think spanking in schools should be allowed! Put the fear of god in your children and they WILL behave.
  • by soutlaw Location: Hertford County on Mar 11, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    My Grandma used to say she had all the Ritalin she needed right in the palm of her hand. And, she was right! If we aren't careful, our government might end up giving students the right to spank teachers! Down with special interest groups!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2010 at 06:02 AM
    They took religion out of schools thats the problem, aint that right jethro
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