Fire Teacher Accused of Paddling Student

Target: Dr. David C. Harris, DeSoto Independent School District Superintendent

Goal: Fire teacher accused of using corporal punishment without parental approval.

A toddler’s parents are accusing his kindergarten teacher of paddling him without their consent. The DeSoto Independent School District is one of the few school districts that still permits capital punishment, but requires parents to complete consent forms, which are on file in the school administration offices.

Alyssa Smith claims her son was punished by the teacher based upon another student’s accusations of making a face at the teacher. Smith calls the corporal punishment an assault, indicating that her son told her that he was brought into a separate room, had his hands held down, and was repeatedly hit with a wooden paddle.

Smith further indicates that she and her husband indicated “no” with stars and exclamation points around it on the corporal punishment permission form. She is upset that parental wishes were not followed and her son refuses to return to the school because he’s afraid of his teacher hitting him again.

According to their own statements, the school district is offering additional training on the corporal punishment policy, but will not fire the teacher involved. Demand this abusive teacher is fired and not allowed to work with children again.


Dear Dr. Harris,

A kindergarten boy in your district is afraid to attend school. His parents allege this is because his teacher paddled him. They further state that they indicated they did not want their son to be spanked on the consent form. According to statements by one of your assistants, the school district is willing to provide further training on the corporal punishment rules but will not fire the teacher involved.

We demand this teacher is removed from her position and prevented from working with students in the future.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Wesley Fryer

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  1. Tina shurtleff says:

    Paddling should be outlawed in all states. It does not solve the problems and causes humiliation and anxiety in children some who already have problems.

    • Jacqui SKill says:

      ABSOLUTELY1 There aee so many ignorant people that Sue Lesmond who said “the teacher was a “hero” for doing it and that physical punishment with a cane should be allowed in schools!”..REPREHENSIBLE! We beed laws tomake sure children are protected n school from these very ignorant and sick minded types!

  2. Piotr Grabowski says:

    Seriously? 😉 Fire a valuable teacher over some nasty child’s ass? Ya kiddin’ me? Get real…

    Sometimes the shortest way to someone’s brain leads from the buttocks.

    • Jacqui SKill says:

      You are sick and out of your mind! !It is because of people like you that we need a a law to protect children in the classroom from outrageous cruel and very ignorant actions…go get psychiatric obviously have issues and are very ignorant!

    • You Ass! A TODDLER for mak8ing faces??? Go back to Poland, even there you’ll be outlawed!

    • Angelique St.Pierre says:

      Looks like smacking you at a young age didn’t make you any smarter OR better behaved. Here’s a clue…. you NEVER PUT YOUR HANDS ON SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD! Dumbass…

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