Corporal punishment gives students mixed message

Published: September 21, 2012

Regarding “Darned if they do ...” (Scissortales, Sept. 15): While you may find it a “conundrum” regarding the issue of whether to allow corporal punishment in the classroom, I don't. I hope that one day Oklahoma will join the 30 states that have done away with this outdated and culturally backward practice. Leaving bruises on a child's backside shouldn't be acceptable in 21st-century America. For the district attorney in Cordell to find no wrongdoing is laughable.

Allowing physical punishment in a school setting is counterproductive. It ultimately engenders hostility toward the school and educators who should be serving them and educating them. We teach children not to hit each other but turn around and hit them to drive home the message that acting up in school is wrong. That's a mixed message and one that needs to be seriously addressed by the school districts and the Legislature.

Andrew W. Griffin, Oklahoma City

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