A Small Town in North Texas Now Lets School Administrators Paddle Children of the Opposite Sex

Rural North Texas, the land that time forgot, now boasts a town that has not only refused to abandon corporal punishment for school children, but has somehow found a way to make paddling kids even ickier. Thanks to unanimous — unanimous — approval by the Springfield's school board, school administrators in the small… »9/25/12 10:25pm9/25/12 10:25pm

Texas Teen 'Covered in Bruises' Following Paddling by Her Male Vice Principal

Taylor Santos, a high school sophomore from Springtown, Texas, claims to have a welted and bruised behind following a school-sanctioned paddling carried out by her male vice-principal. Texas is one of 19 states where corporal punishment is still legal and Santos, who was allegedly caught allowing another student to… »9/24/12 12:15pm9/24/12 12:15pm

It's 2012. Maybe It's Time for Schools to Stop Beating Children?

If you had to pick the one thing schools ought to be doing more of, what would it be? Focusing on smaller class sizes? Paying teachers higher salaries? Preventing bullying? Spanking students? Wait, spanking? Yes, at least that's what some people who live in Florida, where schools are allowed to paddle kids on the butt… »3/19/12 11:00am3/19/12 11:00am

Pastor Still Advocates Using 'The Rod' After Third Child Dies

In 2006, a 4-year-old boy was accidentally smothered to death when his mother followed advice from the pro-corporal punishment book To Train Up A Child. Last year, a 7-year-old girl was murdered by her parents, who were also followers of the "Biblical Chastisement" movement. At the time, Michael Pearl, the Tennessee… »11/07/11 1:20pm11/07/11 1:20pm

"A Strong Natural Tendency To Escalate": How Mild Spanking Can Lead To Child Abuse

Alan Kazdin at Slate »9/25/08 2:00pm9/25/08 2:00pm has one more reason : it may be (sort of) addictive. That is, just as the occasional cigarette can lead to a smoking habit, "there's a strong natural tendency to escalate the frequency and severity of punishment." In fact, more than a third of parents who use corporal punishment "end up crossing…