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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
  • Florence Schlarb
    Florence Schlarb United States, Coshocton
    Jun 19, 2015
    Jun 19, 2015
    Stop hitting of children, grandchildren & great grandchildren
  • Zachary Boston
    Zachary Boston United States, Houston
    Jun 10, 2015
    Jun 10, 2015
    Please ban corporal punishment in all states especially here in Texas. In June 1, 1992, I was paddled at Galena Park Middle School by a coach named Coach Price due to myself defending from another student bullying me and by the coach twisting the story to my paternal grandmother that I was being disrespectful to him when I was only telling him that he couldn't pop me due to my father's disapproval.
    He already aware of that since the beginning of the school year when I was in another fight with a longtime bully from our elementary school. Also, this coach taunted me for having a high voice.

    After I was paddled, I felt suicidal and depressed while wishing I could kill the coach during that time. I also went to a mental health hospital, that year.

    Right now, I am bipolar type 1.


    Yes, please ban corporal punishment in both at school and in the homes in every state. It is child abuse.
  • Nancy Teafatiller
    Nancy Teafatiller United States, Kaneohe
    Jun 09, 2015
    Jun 09, 2015
    No child should be subjected to bodily harm regardless if it is at home, school or God forbid church
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May 27, 2015
    May 27, 2015
    I was a child that was punished at school with a wooden paddle as well as get an in school suspension and then go home just to be in trouble for getting into trouble at school so I would get the belt at home instead of a paddle. So the idea of corporal punishment in the school systems still being there after all these years disgusts me. It needs to end. The violence needs to end. No one has the right to hit a child. If they have the right to do so, then why isn't it ok to hit your spouse, or stranger? But it's ok to hit a child!
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