Teachers are darned if they do ...
In a number of (mostly rural) Oklahoma school districts, teachers are allowed to swat students on the backside with a paddle in an effort to discipline them. The law allowing corporal punishment has been on the books for years. We’re one of about 20 states that allows it.
Maybe it’s time to revisit that law. In Cordell, the mother of a 12-year-old boy says the teacher who paddled her son went too far.
The boy’s father gave the school his OK for the punishment, but the mother says the paddling left bruises that lasted three days. The district attorney looked into the woman’s complaints and found no wrongdoing. But given today’s sensitivity regarding treatment of children, allowing paddling would seem to invite trouble.
On the other hand, the tail wags the dog in too many Oklahoma classrooms. Even grabbing a disruptive student by the arm to escort him out of the room can result in a reprimand from the brass or a complaint from mom or dad. It’s a real conundrum.
Message Sent Successfully
Be Sure to Check Out Our Top Headlines
- 39385Dillon Overton rips former Sooners coach Sunny Golloway on Twitter
- 13186Oklahoma football: New assistant Bill Bedenbaugh discusses state of OU's offensive line
- 12510New OSU CB Tyler Patmon, ex-OU QB Drew Allen among those to benefit from transfer rule
- 11930Live blog: "The Voice" Season 4 live finale - performance episode
- 10305UPDATE: Woman's body found in northwest Oklahoma City, her son arrested
- 7560Oklahoma City Thunder: Hard to tell if Shabazz Muhammad is on OKC's radar
- 7262Oklahoma baseball: Sunny Golloway wasn't Sooners' most beloved coach, but he got results
- 7231Oklahoma State football: Quarterback Wes Lunt transferring to Illinois
- 6637Top 5 regrets of the dying
- 5911Russell Westbrook is off crutches and says he's back
Back to share with a friend form.
Add More Recipients