School District Votes To Bring Back Paddling For Disobedient Students. Do You Support This?

On Tuesday one school district in Texas has brought back corporal punishment. Now students who misbehave in class will be paddled until they get better grades. Although there is little evidence that corporal punishment helps students focus better or improve their test scores, the Three Rivers Independent School board of trustees in south Texas think it will help. They are now shipping paddles to their teachers to be used as corporal punishment when students misbehave. And the teachers really need the device to control their students.

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA) defines corporal punishment as

“deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping or any other physical force used as a means of discipline.” The school district hopes that paddling will help improve classroom behavior so students can retain more information and improve the district’s falling test scores.

Although many parents are eager to get their kids signed up for the more aggressive in-school disciplinary action, parents are given the opportunity to opt in or opt out. They need to provide both written and verbal assent if they want their children paddled in the classroom. And many parents are signing up.

When parents approve the school’s disciplinary measure, the students “will receive one paddling for his or her infraction when they misbehave at school.”

The school district wants to give parents the opportunity to have their children paddled in class. They’re not forcing them to do it.
“If the parent is not comfortable with it, that’s the end of the discussion,” the school district’s superintendent Mary Springs told the Caller-Times.

Now when students disobey a teacher or break classroom rules, they’ll be paddled. Three Rivers Elementary School campus behavior coordinator, Andrew Amaro, is excited to bring back paddling. He pitched the idea to the school officials and told them that when he grew up paddling was used to great effect. He claims it is better than giving students detention or suspension.

“I believe it worked,” Amaro told the Caller-Times when asked about being paddled as a child. “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.”
Opposition to corporal punishment point to statistics that show students of color are disproportionally likely to receive a paddling.

Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr wrote a letter asking states to ban corporal punishment. But 22 states still allow it in their schools.

“Approximately 40,000 — or more than one-third — of those students who were subjected to corporal punishment are black; black students, by comparison, make up only 16 percent of the total public school student population,” King wrote. “Similarly, in states where students were subjected to corporal punishment, black boys were 1.8 times as likely as white boys to be subject to corporal punishment, and black girls were 2.9 times as likely as white girls to be subject to corporal punishment.”

Do you think paddling is fair? Or should it not be allowed?

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31 Comments on "School District Votes To Bring Back Paddling For Disobedient Students. Do You Support This?"

  1. Well dont think its a good idea at all the school will have more problems with the parents….

  2. No way.

  3. No, spanking should not be allowed.

  4. There was paddling in school when I grew up. It made kids think twice about disrespecting adults. School is for learning, not playing around and causing problems. I don’t think corporeal punishment should be for all student infractions. If we had a good fight, we were made to clean up our mess. And I mean sweep, wipe down wall’s , all of it. When you ignore bad behavior it sets the child up to make worse.

  5. Sarah McKenzie | November 20, 2017 at 11:56 pm |

    I think it should be allowed. I am currently at school and been in the deputy head’s office more times that I can remeber, even spent an hour after school in there today, due to my behaviour. Teachers don’t have the power to do very much, if the paddling came to my school, I certainly would think twice before I misbehaved. Possibly.

  6. NO WAY!!! This is asult of the students!! What the hell does the school district think they are doing asluting the students with or without parents permission. What happened to chrildren’s rights??? If I was a child in this school district and had this done to me I’d have the person that did this to me I would have them charged with asult even if I had to take legal action against them myself as children have rights too. They have the right not to be asulted!!!

    • Helen, something needs to be done with You, you aren’t even s smart enough to know how to spell assault a s s u a l t

    • Your type is what’s wrong with this country. My wife’s a teacher. And these kids now run the school cause there is no penalty for there bad actions. It’s not assaulting a child it’s discipline. 2 diff. Things

    • You also have the right to be attentive in class and not break the rules set forth by the teacher. If you go against the rules I hope you have a red bottom when you get home to show your parents, then I hope the parents show you what a real ass whuppin fells like.

    • It’s not assault and it’s not abuse you have no clue as what the meaning really is until you have been properly disciplined

  7. Yes only at the hands of the students parents, without the parents having a fear of being hauled into jail. The parents need the power back in their hands to discipline their own children. You people took the authority away from the parents. Why do you think children do not respect you or their parents anymore?{This is your fault). Give parents the power back and they will stop their children from acting a fool in class.

  8. Some teachers get carried away when they use those paddles.some could kid could get hurt really bad.If we cant do it in our own homes why should they be allowed to do it?we would get cps called on us but they can do it? something is really wrong with this picture.some teachers are mistreating kids now I can imagine what they would do with a paddle.Parents that want it dont want to take the time to correct their own kids.let someone else do it.

    • I for one was taught in a school where paddling was used for bad behavior for black and white children it curbed bad behavior and we respected and loved our teachers (yes it needs to be brought back) we were also spanked when we brought the note home by our parents! Spanking doesn’t hurt the child bad parents do!!!

  9. I think its discusting and shoudnt be aloud to come bk

  10. David Bunner | November 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm |

    Personally, I think they should bring it back, kids today have absolutely no respect for teachers (or parents for the most part) and when they know they are going to get their ass beat when they screw up they will think a little more about their actions. It is amazing how kids act anymore and the reason for that is they get no repercussions when they act up or are “bad”, I graduated in 1980 and back then if you screwed up in school you got your ass beat, plain and simple. Parents don’t want to correct their kids anymore and that is ONE of the major downfalls of this country today.

  11. Savanna Turner | November 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm |

    Instead of hitting the kids anybody try therapy maybe they act out for different reasons.

  12. God help the teacher that hit my child

  13. I feel like some of those posting comments on here could have used a little more incentive to pay better attention in Grammar class. When they took away corporal punishment, the decline in the level of education our children receive rapidly declined. Those students wishing to learn are hindered by those who act out and who’s parents blame the teacher when the problem lies at home.

  14. Cindy Schafle | November 21, 2017 at 11:48 pm |

    I know there as paddling when I grew up. It does help. It teaches children there are consequences for their actions and helps them to discipline themselves in the future. The school is given the parents to opt out and that is good. If their children don’t behave they need to be sent home. The parent will be responsible to discipline them. They should not get away with it. If they get too out of control they should be suspended. It would not be fair for those who are controlling their actions.

  15. Do not spoil the child nor spare the rod for he or she shall die of this and you shall save their life from hell PROVERBS

  16. Sharon Clark | November 22, 2017 at 5:03 am |

    No way.. Parents are the only ones who should be able to paddle their kids. And I would even be upset at my child having to watch another child be paddled in class.

  17. Thomas Tabron | November 22, 2017 at 10:13 pm |

    What happens if the teacher has PMS or menopause?

  18. This wouldn’t work at the high school level. Me myself, back in high school, would have beat the shit out of a teacher who tried to paddle me.

  19. Ask the 45 teachers in the Harrisburg school district that quit because they could not control the students. The students actually abused the teachers. Sorry parents, there must be more than “sit after school for an hour” punishment. The parent, the administrator, or the teacher should paddle in that order.

  20. thank god for the seperation of church and state, reading your comments makes me want to piss on all of you.

  21. Yes
    Absolutely. There some seriously disobedient children in this generation. That need to be taught serious dose reality when they fight there teachers or parents.
    And for those you think it’s cruel. Think about this. Your child back talks to you or teacher nothing severe is done to match it so child won’t think twice about doing it again… down road what’s stopping your child from acting same way in work place to a boss. At home to wife or husband Or in public to police officer. Like you think discipline is wrong maybe rethink your views. Children should be disciplined properly for right reasons

  22. Donald Moore | November 25, 2017 at 2:16 am |

    I believe that these kids biggest problem is that the cartoons show’s that is on TV these days is what is actually causing the way they are now days from the language and the racial activity for the next generation of such violence’s and the corruption of their own behavior issue. Like the Cleveland cartoons with the way the kids are doing and acting like that I believe that is the case here. If all of these shows can just get sanction and then the show can be a better program for the kids to be watching

  23. james denommee | November 25, 2017 at 4:26 am |

    So violence is the answer to make a child behave? I think every parent who signs up for this should also have to be under the same rules. So if they break a traffic law like speeding a cop would be allowed to paddle them?

  24. Charlotte Limeric | November 25, 2017 at 1:58 pm |

    This is disgusting you should never hit a child do you even realise what that does to them not just physically but emotionally. This to me is just indulging people who like to abuse others why not try disciplining your child by understanding them and taking the time to teach them wrong from right not smack the shit out of them this is absolutely vile if this ever got through I would break the legs of anyone who laid hands-on my kids if you can not discipline your child without hitting them you need to go to some serious parenting classes or have your child taken away as simple as that to even think about this makes me so angry :@

  25. My middle son was a handful when he was little and I gave the principal permission to spank Todd… No one else, just the Principal… When Todd heard me give the permission for a spanking, he was a real good boy at school after that… I grew up with spankings and my three sons grew up with them too… I do not hate my Dad and my sons are the greatest…

  26. Yes absolutely me personally I got the paddle when I was in elementary and I never got held back or had to do summer school and graduated on time so definitely bring back the paddle

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