Stop Corporal Punishment in Texas Schools

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Target: Springtown Superintendent Mike Kelley

Goal: Ban corporal punishment from Springtown schools

Recently, a controversy sparked at Springtown High School in Springtown, Texas. Two teenage girls were paddled by a male assistant principal, and suffered bruising from the incident. The controversy did not come from the paddling, but instead that the administrator was not the same gender as the girls. The school district’s response to this controversy is to change the policy—not to prohibit paddling as punishment, but to allow administrators of the opposite gender to paddle students.

Corporal punishment is seen by many as akin to child abuse. Parents have complained that if they sent their children to school with a bruise from punishment, the school would contact Child Protective Services. However, this incident shows that school administrators may bruise students as a form of punishment with no repercussions. There is no reason corporal punishment should be used in schools. It sends a message of violence to the students by showing them hitting is acceptable.

According to Jimmy Dunne, president of People Opposed to Paddling Students, ‘It is never OK to hit a child. … Men should not be padding teenage girls, because there is a sexual connotation with teen girls but also with teen boys.’ No matter what the gender of the administrator or the student, corporal punishment is a violent and possibly sexual act that should be classified as abuse. Tell the Springtown superintendent to prohibit this cruel punishment in the school district instead of expanding the administrators’ use of it.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kelley,

A recent controversy at Springtown High School has led to an expansion of the district rules of corporal punishment. When two teenage girls were paddled by a male administrator, your solution was to change the rules to allow this cruel punishment to happen. The girls have been humiliated by the punishment, and this rule change will humiliate them further. Corporal punishment is a form of abuse that no student should have to suffer.

I ask you to abolish the practice of corporal punishment in the Springtown school district. This punishment is violent and carries sexual connotations. It is a form of abuse, and can have an extremely harmful impact on students. There are better ways to punish students that will teach them instead of embarrass them. Abolish corporal punishment and encourage administrators to use less harmful punishments.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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