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Is Corporal Punishment Abuse?

Is Corporal Punishment Abuse?

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was recently indicted on charges of child abuse for hitting his son with a tree branch. Elizabeth Gershoff, a professor of human development and family sciences in the School of Human Ecology who has studied corporal punishment for 15 years, was interviewed -- and her research referenced -- extensively in the media to provide context for the Peterson story from September 16 to 25.

Here's a sample:

All Things Considered, NPR: http://www.npr.org/2014/09/15/348765106/like-adrian-peterson-majority-of-u-s-parents-use-physical-discipline

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/16/living/spanking-cultural-roots-attitudes-parents/

Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-clarence-page-parents-whip-too-much-oped-0917-20140916-column.html

Houston Chronicle (Gershoff op-ed): http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Rethinking-the-use-of-spanking-5773104.php

Houston Chronicle: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Peterson-cases-lays-bare-nation-s-tangled-views-5768040.php

Boston Globe: http://bit.ly/1qD9PNM

Code Switch (Blog), NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/09/19/349668828/a-decision-about-your-children-thats-also-about-your-parents

Christian Science Monitor (Oct. 19)http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2014/1019/To-spank-or-not-to-spank-Corporal-punishment-in-the-US

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Guest - Glenn Mortimer on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:57

There was an incident not too long ago in Springtown Texas that made the news. The mothers of two high school girls complained that their daughters were paddled by a male principle which was in violation of the school's own same gender paddling policy. The thing that really shocked me was that one of them had a male police officer as a witness. This principle must really be trying to humiliate these girls as much as possible. He could have chosen a female staff member to minimize the emotional damage but chose a male policeman instead. Involving the police in this is really crossing the line. Using a policeman as a witness could end up making female students distrusting of the police or give them a negative attitude toward law enforcement later on in their lives.

There was an incident not too long ago in Springtown Texas that made the news. The mothers of two high school girls complained that their daughters were paddled by a male principle which was in violation of the school's own same gender paddling policy. The thing that really shocked me was that one of them had a male police officer as a witness. This principle must really be trying to humiliate these girls as much as possible. He could have chosen a female staff member to minimize the emotional damage but chose a male policeman instead. Involving the police in this is really crossing the line. Using a policeman as a witness could end up making female students distrusting of the police or give them a negative attitude toward law enforcement later on in their lives.
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