Effects of Corporal Punishment Essay - 2624 Words
Scene from a play, captioned "Prügel in der Schule" (corporal punishment in school). This is somewhat unrealistic. It is a common error, in modern re-enactments or drawings, to suppose that a caning could properly be administered with the culprit in an over-the-knee position. In reality, the person inflicting the punishment has to stand back from the target in order to have room for an effective swing of the cane.
Corporal punishment does not have any positive effect on a student.
I got Martha's old sorority paddle from my desk, where it hadbeen stored since August, just in case I ever needed it. The boybent over and grabbed his lower legs while I gave him three swatsas dad witnessed. I knew by his reaction that the paddle stung,and thus the desired effect had been achieved. I then reached outand shook the boys hand, told him there were no hard feelings,and sent him back to class. Dad thanked me, reminded me thatfuture problems were also to be handled with the board, and left.
I spent a few minutes reflecting on what had just happened. Therealization came over me that my job would never be the same. Upuntil today, I had not paddled a single student because thesuperintendent and principal didn't think it was a gooddisciplinary tool....
The student whom I had just paddled was about to tell his friendsabout the experience. The word would soon be all over campus aswell as the town. Thus the paddling of one fifteen-year-old highschool boy would have a disciplinary effect on the entire student body.
From my experience, it was like a new tool being added to mychest. I knew that corporal punishment would now be an optionthat I would use in the future. In the overall disciplinaryscheme, it fit neatly between detention and suspension. Amisbehaving student for whom detention would be too light apunishment and for whom suspension would be too strong apunishment could now be paddled.... It's not the answer forevery student's disciplinary problems, but it is the answer for alot of them.
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Reports from the about the long-drawn-out saga of a football hazing incident at Perryton High School in Texas and its aftermath. Our interest is not in the hazing itself but the punishment for it. Twelve boys were accused of assaulting another player and disciplined immediately by the school. Details of this discipline only became public later, when the four most senior accused students -- all 17-year-old local football stars, including Jason Pshigoda (shown above right in a ) -- brought a lawsuit against being, in effect, suspended from playing football on the grounds that they had already been punished, and testified that they had been given the choice of suspension or corporal punishment. All had opted for the paddling and taken 3 licks from Principal Doug Burke (pictured below right) later the same day. According to a later report, all 12 students had in fact been paddled.
Note that none of them was complaining about the paddling. What they were complaining about was being punished twice.
Incidentally, two years after this affair, Perryton High actually stepped up its use of paddling in a new tardy policy, which proved successful in reducing the number of tardies - see and . It makes one wonder about the proportionality aspect -- if you get a choice of suspension or three licks just for a sixth tardy, was the identical punishment of Jason and his chums really enough for beating up a freshman? Ought not the principal to have given these big guys at least six of the best?