TX School Brings Back the Wooden Paddle


When I was a child, my elementary school allowed teachers to spank us if we did something wrong. My fourth grade teacher, Mr. James, had a pink colored paddle that he named, “The Pink Thing.” Let me tell you, you did not want to be introduced to The Pink Thing.

I got in trouble once with a couple of my friends and had to stand in front of the classroom with them as he gave us each a swift swat on the butt. I remember the sting of the spanking, but I more-so remember the embarrassment of being spanked in front of everyone. Guess what? My little butt behaved after that.

Back then, punishment like that was not considered evil. At some point, spankings decreased and I think that’s why many younger millennials are brats.

One Texas school has decided to bring the paddle back. AWB reports:

On Tuesday one school district in Texas has brought back corporal punishment. Now students who misbehave in class will be paddled until they get better grades. Although there is little evidence that corporal punishment helps students focus better or improve their test scores, the Three Rivers Independent School board of trustees in south Texas think it will help. They are now shipping paddles to their teachers to be used as corporal punishment when students misbehave. And the teachers really need the device to control their students.

According to the Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA), corporal punishment is defined as: “Deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping or any other physical force used as a means of discipline.”

Although many parents are eager to get their kids signed up for the more aggressive in-school disciplinary action, parents are given the opportunity to opt in or opt out. They need to provide both written and verbal assent if they want their children paddled in the classroom. And many parents are signing up.

When parents approve the school’s disciplinary measure, the students “will receive one paddling for his or her infraction when they misbehave at school.”

The school district wants to give parents the opportunity to have their children paddled in class. They’re not forcing them to do it.

 Superintendent Mary Springs said, “If the parent is not comfortable with it, that’s the end of the discussion.”
Now, naughty children who disobey the teacher or break the rules will get exactly what I did, a paddling.

What do you think? Should every school bring it back?

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