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South Carolina Principal Uses Paddle to Discipline Students

Would You Tell the School to Spank Your Child?

A child of the 70s, I clearly recall some of my elementary school teachers using physical means to get some students to behave. Things are much different in the 21st century, or at least one might think. Though only legal in some parts of 21 states, Principal David Nixon of Calhoun Hills, South Carolina, has taken to using his paddle to discipline his pupils. Oddly enough, it was one of the parents who tipped him off to the idea. His first day on the job, a father told him, "I want to give you the authority to whip my son's butt." As the new boss at a severely struggling public school, the 31-year-old head honcho literally started taking matters into his own hands and began spanking mischievous pupils when he deemed necessary.

Fortunately for the youngsters, he didn't find it mandatory all that often, but many teachers and parents credit his practices for putting the school and its students on a better path. Not always the image of doom, the young authoritarian also knows how to celebrate the kids' accomplishments. He throws pizza parties for good test scores and arranges school pageants.

Consistent with the state law, Nixon gives parents the choice to allow or deny corporal punishment by school officials. Since 73 percent of lilsugar readers are admitted spankers, I'm curious to know, would you give your child's school permission to pop your child?

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jpecina jpecina 5 years
I believe in using the paddle!! As a youngster if I misbehaved at school, I was punished deservingly by the teachers and principal and then again by my parents at home. Then I heard "This hurts me more than it hurts you!" I didn't understand that until I had my own children and didn't want to discipline them physically, but I knew (in some instances) if I didn't they would either end up in a juvenile detention setting or prison? "What will hurt the child more?" The paddling or the possible negative circumstances later in life? I'm not saying corporal punishment is the total answer but when combining it with other positive behavior reinforcement such as meeting with the school counselor or psychologist etc. it could be a good thing!:) This is just my opinion.
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
i don't spank and would freak out if someone raised a hand to my daughter...i'm not even sure how i would react, i may hit them right back!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
No .. I'm undecided on spanking (no kids yet) but I wouldn't want anyone else touching my children.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I wouldn't hit a student even if I was asked explicitly to do so. No way. I am a teacher, not someone's parent or someone's abuser. Who will kids feel safe with if both their parents and teachers hit them everyday because they do something wrong? Such a bad idea. It's not the 70's anymore, and we behave accordingly. Imagine how much abuse of power would go on! It would be unbelievable.
Moms Moms 8 years
I was in disbelief reading this article! I can't even believe this goes on in 2009 at this school or others. Children should feel comfortable and secure in learning environments — not worry about being hit by the faculty.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I don't have children yet, but when i do i would never want someone to hit my child. If they need to be disciplined i would do it.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I take after my mom in situations like this. If anyone laid a hand on me, as a kid and even now, my mom has said many a time that she would rather rot in jail than not do anything about it. I totally believe my mom when she says she could kill someone if they ever did something like that. No way will I let anyone else spank my kid. School is not a place you do that, you find different ways. I know in the 60's, 70's, and every decade before that, most teachers had permission to do this. I think there are better ways of getting your point across.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 8 years
No, I would not give anyone else permission to spank my child. If discipline needs to be given it will be I that does it that way. I do agree that they give him detention or not allow him to participate in extra activities but no one will lay a hand on my child.
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