In the News
April 19, 2017
No Hit Zone initiative making the community a safer place for kids and families
Families have likely seen small changes around the La Crosse Public library during the past four months — heat sensitive activity pads at the checkout, distraction kits with toys and stickers, and colorful signs throughout the facility reading, "Healthy Kids, Safer Communities — No Hit Zone."
April 13, 2017
Social media revolts against corporal punishment
Provocative Mike Tyson like hitting comments by an American pastor on the evils of corporal punishment have set the social media ablaze.
The Rev. Thomas E. Sagendorf has been a staunch critic of corporal punishment in public and private schools for years, calling the practice “criminal, cruel, and a sign of gross administrative incompetence, ineffective and totally unnecessary”.
–Business News 24
February 24, 2017
Corporal punishment policies in La. schools
Public school education has changed over the generations and now prompts questions of how best to discipline children.
Louisiana is one of only 19 other states that still allow corporal punishment where children are paddled for bad-behavior.
January 18, 2017
Corporal Punishment Continues in U.S. Schools, Despite Its Ineffectiveness
In December 2015, parents Alana Cole-Faber and Xander Faber went public with allegations of corporal punishment at the award-winning Dora Kennedy French Immersion School in Greenbelt, Maryland. They told The Washington Post their son's kindergarten teacher spanked him while his classmates watched on multiple occasions. At least three other families have accounts of corporal punishment at the school that lend support to the claim.
December 10, 2016
Corporal punishment causes controversy among Louisiana parents
When her family moved to Vernon Parish, Leigh Tuttle started researching kindergarten options. Coming from out of state, Tuttle was shocked to learn her son would be exposed to what she calls an "archaic corporal punishment system."
–The Town Talk
December 2, 2016
Arkansas Spanks: The Natural State Still Practices Public School Corporal Punishment
The hand, the strap, or the paddle?
Choosing the preferred instrument of pain as well as number of strokes against the bottoms of unruly public school students remains legal in Arkansas, and twenty-one other states.
–Arkansas Public Media
November 29, 2016
Seriously? Corporal punishment still allowed in some U.S. schools
Do you know that almost half of the country allows physical discipline in schools? Now the U.S. education secretary, John B. King Jr., is on a mission to ban corporal punishment in schools as soon as possible.
November 23, 2016
What States Allow Schools To Use Corporal Punishment? Far Too Many
It seems impossible in 2016 that any school would not only be allowed to use corporal punishment against children, but that any school administrator would choose to hurt a child as a form of discipline. It's not impossible, or even especially unusual. The reality is, 19 states allow schools to use corporal punishment in 2016, and that is 19 states too many.
November 22, 2016
Education Secretary Calls for an End to Corporal Punishment in Schools
Nearly half the country allows or doesn't explicitly ban physical discipline in schools — a practice the U.S. education secretary wants to abolish immediately.
John B. King Jr. urged governors in a letter Tuesday to eliminate corporate punishment from America's classrooms, blasting it as an outdated disciplinary method "that educators, civil rights advocates, medical professionals, and researchers agree is harmful to students and which the data show us unequivocally disproportionately impacts students of color and students with disabilities."