Texas Lawmaker to Schools: Put the Paddles Away
Legislator's bill would outlaw all forms of corporal punishment
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2013 4:22 PM CST

(Newser) – A principal-turned-lawmaker is trying to outlaw paddling, spanking, and all other forms of corporal punishment in Texas schools. Legislator Alma Allen's bill would make it illegal for school district employees to get physical to enforce discipline, reports the Houston Chronicle. Many of the state's big cities already ban corporal punishment, but students in smaller districts "need protection from these beatings," says the leader of an advocacy group. Allen has been steadily chipping away at the issue in her eight years as a lawmaker.

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Mar 6, 2013 1:17 PM CST
Okay boys and girls. Here goes: In shop, Texas junior high, coach Young walks back into the classroom and finds me and Nick speaking in Spanish. The penalty for speaking Spanish was 25 Oakwood Swats with a paddle built there in shop..it had somewhere around 15 drilled holes so the paddle would fire for effect. Nick, everso bravely took his 25. I said no. I said to Coach Young," What you are doing is against the Law." I reinforced my statement with the 1st Amendment's "Freedom of Speech"....he replied: "I'm the Law." Away into the principals office he took me by the neck. The principal never looked me in the eyes...he just kept staring at the top of his desk...he said: "You know what the penalty is, take your swats or be expelled". I was expelled. Three miles to my home later, my mom is hanging the laundry. She said in Spanish "Mijo!" (My son).... "what are you doing home." I explained. She said: "Go back and take the swats". As a very good son, I never disobeyed my parents. I went back, Coach Young relished the Swats he administered...it was so very painful, for a brief moment I struggled not to faint. You see, boys and girls. The emotional scars never leave. Today I will be 71 years old. I remember the incident vividly. If only I would have had Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton in my corner. Ms. Rosa Parks just had a monument unveiled in her honor for refusing to go to the back of the bus. While she was not physically hurt, her emotional injuries went much deeper than mine. You see, in Texas, we are still fighting the Battle of the Alamo. That is why I will never go back to live. I have been in Arizona for over 45 years, and while the ignorant rednecks are still around, it has been a God Sent. My family for the most part has past away, so there is no need to return to Texas...my childhood...pain... Aren't you glad you have never been discriminated? Day to day event?...all of your young life?.... So today, I teach. Today I understand. Today I forgive. Today I stand tall and proud to be "An American" who served his country in The United States Air Force complete with a Top Secret Clearance and with a college degree, thanks to my mom. Every one has skeletons in their closet. The emotional scars so deep, my skeleton was screaming to be let out. 1942
Mar 6, 2013 11:49 AM CST
"Beatings"? Stop treating the kids like pussies and give them what they deserve.
Mar 6, 2013 8:35 AM CST
Instead of outlawing it they should make it mandatory.