Corporal punishment in public schools

Jordan Huerta

Jordan Huerta

Corporal punishment is somewhat of a very debatable topic, especially in schools. Recently, a Kansas legislator introduced a bill that would give a better definition of corporal punishment, for the state of Kansas,  and defined it as “up to 10 forceful applications in succession of a bare, open-hand palm against the clothed buttocks of a child and any such reasonable physical force on the child as may be necessary to hold, restrain or control the child in the course of maintaining authority over the child, acknowledging that redness or bruising may occur on the tender skin of a child as a result.”

Proponents of this idea believe that it will teach disobedient children to mind their manners and respect school personnel, and it will also help give a better definition of corporal punishment, thus preventing the unnecessary removal of children from homes in a child abuse investigation.  Opponents argue the bill is worrisome, claiming that spanking kids can be detrimental to them psychologically. Some even go as far as to say that hitting kids while they’re young teaches them that it is alright to enforce pain to reach an end.

Disciplining kids takes a whole lot of discipline. Phil Robertson, the architect behind the famous Duck Commander brand and star of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty, claims in his book, “Happy, Happy, Happy,” that whenever his boys misbehaved, no matter how minor or severe the issue was, he gave each of them three licks.

As for me, I would personally sign a waiver that prevented school personnel from disciplining my kids physically. I am not very comfortable with the idea of another adult not related to me spanking my kids. Not only that, I don’t believe educators really want to be forced to spank a kid that isn’t one of their own.  Besides, making me leave work to come pick him up from school is going to be a lot worse than what some teacher or principal can do to him.