Jeff Charles April 25, 2012 at 8:59pm
I once interviewed a student from Mission High School. His interview is on www.nopaddle.com , a website about school paddling as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment.
Articles like this that talk about how the paddle is "on the books" but is "rarely used," or more bizarrely, "never used" supposedly, raise a lot of questions. Why keep it on the books if its use raises so many "issues?" The "issues" it raises all have to do with the inherent physical and sexual abuse aspects. It makes as much sense as if the Catholic Priests in Boston maintained old rules or standards that allowed the Sodomy of boys, and then explained that it was ok because today it was "rarely used," or was not done much anymore due to some "issues it raised."
Further if a teacher enjoyed spanking boys or girls, it woudl be easier to blackmail kids or teens to accept illicit spanking by in part pointing out the handbook that spanking is legal to do in the school.
By the way, I also have some quotes in the slave section from Texas slaves who were brutally paddled long before the paddle made its way into Texas schools. Paddling was invented for use on slaves as a method to torture them into insensibility without causing as much of a loss of market value as the lash did. That is why 90% of all paddling in the US today is carried out in 10 former Antebellum slave states like Texas.
Also one of the key lies and myths once used to support padlding -- that it is "Christian" -- is also easily seen to be false if we open our eyes. There is not one New Testament verse instructing anyone to hit any child, nor any example of Jesus or an Apostle doing so. Hence paddling never was Christian -- that too was a carry over from its mixture of slavery and construed biblical support in the 18th and 19th centuries, so it "seems right" today as well, eventhough it is not from the New Testament.
There is no reason to keep child abuse "on the books" once we know better, as the school staff seems to indicate is the case.