Corporal Punishment Apparently Declining

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The use of corporal punishment appears to be declining at Mississippi public schools.

The Clarion-Ledger says many Mississippi school districts reported less use of corporal punishment last year compared to previous years.

Of Mississippi's 152 school districts, 100 reported use of corporal punishment to the state Department of Education and more than half of those districts reported decreases in the incidences of corporal punishment.

For example, in the Oktibbeha County School District there were 1,252 incidences of corporal punishment in the 2009-2010 school year. Last year, that number fell to 531.

A federal lawsuit was filed last year to seek a ban on paddling in Mississippi because of alleged gender and racial bias in its use.


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  • by Teacher Location: Mississippi on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    As teachers our hands are tied as to what we can do to punish a child. Many children are not disciplined at home and expect us to put up with the things that their parents allow. If we could get parent support instead of parent ridicule we would not need to paddle.
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      by Charles Foster Offdensen on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to Teacher
      Teach, youre kinda clueless. The courts have taken away parents rights to discipline a child. My question is this, since the courts have taken away parents rights to discipline a child, why do the allow strangers, in school, to still beat on small children? Its okay for strangers to spank a child but not their parents trying to get them under control?
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        by Wrong on Dec 16, 2011 at 06:44 AM in reply to Charles Foster Offdensen
        Parents don't need to beat their children senseless just teach them some common manners and respect of adults. I punish my children at home for much less than I am expected to put up with in the classroom. I still say it is the parents who need to step up.
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Dec 12, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    A little pain goes a long way in educating some children.
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      by Mother of 2 Children on Dec 16, 2011 at 08:08 PM in reply to Peabody
      In reference to the comment by Peabody: since we are always learning things, does a little pain go a long way in educating some adults? I believe that's still called abuse. Are bruising children or adults really an answer to any problem? I have heard so many times "in the old days we received beatings"...maybe that is one reason we have become such a violent society. It has to stop somewhere. Other ways to discipline a child: grounding, take something away, etc. Abuse is not the answer.
  • by WTOK on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    We received a shortened version of the story through The Associated Press, which is what appears here. The AP shares significant stories with its members in this way. We can't post their entire story, but have added a link to it.
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      by Remember on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:29 PM in reply to WTOK
      Remember to add: Lower prices better inventory it's a fact
  • by Just wondering Location: Meridian on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    Obviously, this news report comes from an article posted in the Clarion Ledger this past weekend. I wonder why WTOK did not report the portion of this story in which the lady, whose child attends West Lauderdale, talked about her son receiving bruises from an administrator or teacher when he was paddled. Just wondering????
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      by just answering on Dec 30, 2011 at 06:28 PM in reply to Just wondering
      maybe beause it was west lauderdale
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