Bid to Ban Paddling and Corporal Punishment in LA Schools Fails
Growing up in California I never once saw or heard of teachers paddling students or spanking kids. I guess I am old-fashioned in thinking that it's solely a parent's responsibility to reprimand a child. Especially if there is some kind of spanking involved.
I asked a co-worker if he ever witnessed someone getting spanked at school, he looked at me like I was asking if the sky was blue, his answer was "Are you asking me how many times I got spanked when I was in school? If so, it was multiple times." I was shocked. Why is this even a thing?
It turns out I am not the only one disgusted by paddling and corporal punishment being administered in public schools all throughout Louisiana. Over 48 lawmakers came out in support of the proposal from Republican representative Stephanie Hilferty. Although Hilferty was running with full steam ahead, the bid didn't get enough support to pass in the Lousiana House. The bill needed 53 votes to make it through.
According to U.S. News, Hilferty quoted the American Academy of Pediatrics and their open opposition to corporal punishment because of its proven harmful impact on children. Although Republican representative Stephanie Hilferty had several valid points, she still fell short on support which has many Louisiana residents and parents scratching their heads.
According to The Advocate, "A total of 29 school systems allow spanking and other forms of physical punishment and 40 systems ban it, including most school districts in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.". Personally, I don't think a school teacher or administrator needs to be paddling or giving out any form of corporate punishment. What year are we in again? I hope that Hilferty can get the support needed to make this bill pass soon.