I received a press release this morning with a subject line that read: “New Mexico Governor Bans Corporal Punishment“!
I have obviously been oblivious to the fact that corporal punishment is still allowed in 19 states (YES 19!) around the U.S. In fact, did you know that “every 23 seconds in THIS COUNTRY, a public school student is beaten in their classroom by an educator?” Now, call me crazy, but I believe that school is challenging enough without children walking out the door every morning with the fear of being physically abused if they either do something wrong, act out of turn, or do not score appropriately on a test. I was pleased to see the following statement as I read through through the press release further…..
“Thankfully for New Mexico, Governor Susan Martinez recently signed the bill banning coporal punishment in her state, which moves the count from 20 to 19 states still allowing paddling in schools! Through a combination of tools provided by the Unlimited Justice campaign including an interactive website, iPhone app, and social media sites, the Unlimited Justice team and fellow anti-corporal punishment supporters were able to let the voices of the people of New Mexico be heard”.
Student, Payton Lewis, was paddled with excessive force and he fought to end paddling in his school. You can watch his story on YouTube here.
Corporal punshment is unjust…period! Citzens, soldier, priosoners and even animals are protected from being physically punished or abused, yet 19 of our US states think that this practice is a burden that is ok to put upon our children. Over 200,000 students have been left victims of violence from their teachers and/or administrators. Of those students, 20,000 require hospital treatment every year.
I have a very hard time swallowing this.
Disclaimer: I was NOT provided with compensation or product of any kind for my thoughts on this matter. I believe that corporal punishment is wrong and I’m astounded that such an archaic practice is allowed in our country! I hope you will join the fight to end this practice, along with me!