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Harnett schools ban corporal punishment

Posted September 9, 2008

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— The Harnett County Board of Education voted Monday to ban corporal punishment in public schools.

Previously, the district allowed corporal punishment after other disciplinary measures failed. Parents were notified after the fact.

District officials said few Harnett County principals used corporal punishment, but they said it was time to eliminate the option altogether.

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  • EZeegoing Sep 10, 2008

    "I'll beat some sense into ya" mentality." "There are other ways to make a point rather than to threaten violence."
    "Resorting to violence just shows that a person is incapable of mentally handling the situation."

    Apparently the writer of the above comments don't know the difference between discipline and violence. You raise a child from birth with love, affection and discipline - not violence. There is a difference between the fear of a spanking and outright violence - something which I suspect the writer has never experienced. Comments such as the above lead me to believe the writer has absolutely no child raising experience other than the misguided beliefs such as above. I shutter to think what future generations would be like raised with that standard.

  • twcj Sep 10, 2008

    It's woth noting that about 27 years ago, on of the most notorious school paddlings in U.S. history took place in Harnett County. The town of Dunn, to be exact. One of the victims testified before Congress and also had a piece about corporal punishment in USA Today (ref: www.nospank.net/shelly2.htm)

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 10, 2008

    hereandnow99, do you honestly have children you have successfully raised? And can you tell me your children didn't mess with drugs, teenage pregnancy, back talk to teachers, and actually be able to hold down a job without being fired? I would be shocked from what I'm reading in your post. Good luck with that!@!@

  • Amused Sep 10, 2008

    Nope. No evolving going on here...just the same old caveman "I'll beat some sense into ya" mentality. Sad.

    There are other ways to make a point rather than to threaten violence. It's the basis of global diplomacy and economic sanctions. Otherwise, why don't we just bomb, kill and maim everyone with which we disagree?

    Resorting to violence just shows that a person is incapable of mentally handling the situation. Do some research. Read. Learn. Stop the physical assaults at home and abroad.
    hereandnow99
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    Yep Time Out works wonders. Kids think it's a game. Btw spanking and beating the heck aren't the same. Do your research.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 10, 2008

    Nope. No evolving going on here...just the same old caveman "I'll beat some sense into ya" mentality. Sad.

    There are other ways to make a point rather than to threaten violence. It's the basis of global diplomacy and economic sanctions. Otherwise, why don't we just bomb, kill and maim everyone with which we disagree?

    Resorting to violence just shows that a person is incapable of mentally handling the situation. Do some research. Read. Learn. Stop the physical assaults at home and abroad.

  • EZeegoing Sep 10, 2008

    I understand the legality of Harnett Schools dropping punishment for liability reasons. The problem of discipline in schools is a part of the generation gap of children not raised properly at home. To much "gimmi this" without earning it. Parents working and not taking time with their children and expecting the schools to teach their brats right from wrong. I used to teach and can tell immediately which children had a disiplined upbringing and those who ran rampant. You don't think you can tell, walk through your local Walmart or Kmart and see for yourself which parents have no control or desire to discipline their young. We're wet nursing a lost generation.

  • Amused Sep 10, 2008

    Good for you Harnett Schools! Beating Children is a Felony Crime! Wake up Old Timers a new day has dawned. Don't you undestand yet? Violence breeds more Violence. NC is riddled with violent crimes, and one reason is because all these criminals today were beaten senseless by the people who were teaching them how to act when you don't like what someone say's or does... You hit and Beat them, they beat and shoot back.

    How can you still not understand?

    Like I said, Good for you Harnett County.
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    We're talking spanking not beating someone senseless for any reason. Don't be ridiculous. Time out sure has worked miracles with Columhine and other school shootings as well as all the sexual assaults that have taken place. Very rarely did these things happen when you were spanked in school( usually as a last resort).

  • wonderif Sep 10, 2008

    More children today need to fear repercussions for their bad actions and as it stands they do NOT. I think it's a bad idea

  • wonderif Sep 10, 2008

    "NC is riddled with violent crimes, and one reason is because all these criminals today were beaten senseless by the people who were teaching them how to act when you don't like what someone say's or does"

    Not so. Seems most of the criminals were NOT beaten, nor even corrected by their parents.

    I agree schools should not be the ones having to dole out discipline but if the parents don't care what should the schools do?

  • bluebird1075 Sep 10, 2008

    Just the thought of getting a paddling was enough for me to behave. However, I do remember get my hand popped with a ruler for something. I don't remember what I did but, I do remember the ruler!! It didn't happen but once! For some reason, I thought that corporal punishment ended throughout NC a long time ago. Evidently, it hasn't. Thankfully, my children are out of public school. However, I do have a daughter going to school in Harnett County. Hmmmm!! No worries, she's a great kid. We parented her while she was growing up.

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