Jeff Charles April 25, 2012 at 9:09pm
Also an ironic note -- "Protecting your kids on the internet" is a related side-bar to this story.
Really? We want to "protect our children" from being exposed to inappropriate people who *might* try to contact them -- maybe coerce them into sexual or violent situations -- yet we send them to schools that have rules that allow staff to beat the children's buttocks and sexual areas -- does it even specifiy with a board or is the hand ok or is it vague? What would we think if the kids found a website that duplicated school paddlings of both boys and girls for the kids to watch? Would we worry the kids had stumbled upon porno, possibly child porno? We would be correct -- but the identical porno is said to be ok in these handbooks -- and is possibly practiced on children openly or off the record, and we put on our blinders and say, "It is ok if it is really being performed on the kids," or it is ok if the school staff are the ones doing it. Really -- school staff were also involved with the 2002 bust of a worldwide child spanking pornography ring that operated out of Dallas. There is no job tible that precludes pedophiles from secret "abuse in plain sight," and no region of the country that is immune from the same.
As Jesus said, we need to get the log, or in this case the paddle, out of our own eye before we can see to help others. Also we strain at the gnat of internet abuse --- which is highly publicized but very rare -- and swallow hundreds of thousands of children being paddled and spanked every year in school?
The words that allow it themselves create a hostile environment and potential for abuse and exploitation - and lend credence to it outside the school as well.