Saturday, April 07, 2007

School discipline: Spanking, clothespins, or handcuffs?

Was listening on the radio today when some talkshow host mentioned that a 13-year old girl had been arrested, *handcuff* and taken to the police station for 3 hours because she wrote the word "ok" on her school desk.

And I'm thinking to myself, if I'd done that when I was a kid, I would have been spanked.

But oh, no, spanking is physical abuse and damages the psyche.

I wonder what being arrested by police officers, handcuffed, and taken out of your school in front of all your peers does to your psyche. Especially when you'e 13 years old. I'd be willing to bet this girl never trusts the police again - assuming she ever did. And never trusts her teachers. And will be razzed unmercifully by her schoolmates... probably drop out of school and turn to drugs, all because "spanking" is bad for kids.

1 comment:

C's Correction said...

Too true. I think there certainly needs to be a balance. It is getting to the stage where teachers can't even scold their students of fear of what the parents say. One teacher was violently thrown across the classroom by an angry parent for making the child stay in during playtime.

As far as the police handcuffing a girl and taking her into the Police station, is scary. Such an act will no doubt plague her for the rest of her life. spanking on the other hand, would have had a positive outcome rather than a negative one.