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Pres. Obama: Ban Corporal Punishment in U S Public Schools

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AN URGENT MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT Dear President Obama, We are writing to alert you to a gross and unconscionable violation of schoolchildren's fundamental human rights. The practice to which we refer is universally condemned by recognized leaders in the fields of pedagogy and psychology. Nevertheless, it is widespread, and those with the authority to correct it either are unaware of the problem, or pretend to be unaware. The United States is the only Western industrialized democracy that permits schoolchildren to be punished by being battered on the buttocks with a wooden board. This practice, known as "paddling," is legal in 21 states, and occurs approximately 1/4 million times per year. Such blatant child abuse has many well-documented negative effects, and no benefits. It is one of the causes of the high rate of drop-out that afflicts public schools in paddling states. It promotes violence by modeling violence. It signals its users' incompetence. The time is past due for all educators to be held to a higher standard of professionalism -- one that guarantees a safe, nurturing, violence-free environment to every schoolchild. We, the undersigned, demand the immediate abolition of corporal punishment in U S public schools. Please read related: "An Open Letter to President Obama From Children's Rights Advocates" at www.thehittingstopshere.com/letter2obama.htm

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Children's rights advocacy organizations: The Hitting Stops Here! http://www.TheHittingStopsHere.com Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education http://www.nospank.net

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Child's rights advocacy organizations: TheHittingStopsHere.com http://www.thehittingstopshere.com/letter2obama.htm www.nospank.net http://nospank.net/letter2obama.pdf www.stophitting.org www.nopunish.net www.neverhitachild.org www.alice-miller.com www.nospankingzone.org www.laurieacouture.org www.janebluestein.com www.positivediscipline.com
  • John
    John United States, Woodridge
    Jul 22, 2016
    Jul 22, 2016
    Before Obama leaves office I am asking him to ban corporal in punishment in all schools and make it a federal crime for teachers to hit students. The reason i'm asking for a ban because research said that even if a child was spanked they will more likely to commit violent crimes, more likely to have mental illnesses, more likely to develop antisocial behavior, and they are more likely to abuse drugs. I was spanked as a child but it still caused some problems like for example when I was a junior in high school a teacher made me mad and I almost started to beat her up and I was struggling to control my anger but the good news was that I did not beat her up. When I was a child I was told that its okay for my parents to spank me as along they don't bruise me but it only encouraged me to be violent towards others. The second reason i'm asking for a ban because it is illegal to do this in the military, to prisoners, and even strangers. If Obama bans corporal punishment it will reduce things like violent crimes, drug abuse, and mental illnesses and also if Obama does this it can help solve some of the gun problem we have in this country. If states let schools use corporal punishment the federal government should cut off financial aid for things like schools, roads, etc. There are cases that the students are hit so hard that they need to go to the emergency room and the teacher will not get in trouble and thats another reason I want corporal punishment banned. These are references that proves that corporal punishment is bad
    http://news.utexas.edu/2016/04/25/risks-of-harm-from-spanking-confirmed-by-researchers
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaelle/2016/04/28/spanking-harms-kids-doesnt-work-and-leads-to-long-term-problems/#21e710305fa9

    Also there are much better alternatives to discipline a student than hitting them and states where children get hit the most they tend to have the most violent crimes, murder rates, and domestic violence. When Germany banned spanking violent crime went down. Hitting a student is wrong and immoral thats another reason I want it banned. Hitting a child period is wrong, immoral, cruel, and unnecessary.
  • Sarah Filipiak
    Sarah Filipiak United States, Mcconnelsville
    Apr 19, 2016
    Apr 19, 2016
    Wow, had no idea this wasn't illegal in all 50 states.
  • Laurie Fuchs
    Laurie Fuchs United States, Bay Shore
    Apr 18, 2016
    Apr 18, 2016
    It is truly unconscionable that the US in the only western country that allows children to be beaten in school. We have laws protecting prisioners and animals, but not children?? How can the federal government allow this to continue despite all of the studies and documentation showing the harmful effects of this type abuse. If teachers and administrators can not control students without beating them, they should be removed from there positions as they are clearly not effective educators.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Apr 16, 2016
    Apr 16, 2016
    Often children with behavioral problems have witnessed or experience abuse. Now school is not even a safe space for children. The school officials that think paddling is an option should find another profession. They are causing emotional harm that will last a lifetime.
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