Corporal Punishment … And The Least of These

It’s been quite a while since West Virginia schools abolished corporal punishment.  In a week in which Eunice Kennedy Shriver, champion of Special Olympics, passed away, it’s good to reflect on one reason why that was a good thing.  According to an ACLU/Human Rights Watch report issued earlier this week, a student with a disability is far more likely to receive corporal punishment than a student without a disability.  Although not addressed in the study, I’m also pretty sure students from poor families are far more likely to receive corporal punishment than students from middle class and rich families.

Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these, you have done it to me.

– Matthew 25:35

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~ by Dennis Taylor on 13 August 2009.

One Response to “Corporal Punishment … And The Least of These”

  1. Definitely, spanking is much more common in low socio-economic families.

    I wanted to share with you a project my team is working on in order to raise awareness on the dangers of spanking children, in an effort to prevent child abuse. We are producing a documentary on the scientific warnings against spanking and the international trend of actually banning it in the home. I’d be interested in your thoughts. We are at: http://stopspanking.org. Please “like” us on Facebook and tell others about us. I really enjoyed your article and appreciate that you are helping to raise awareness that spanking is on the continuum of violence against children.

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