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