NC Policy Watch has a disturbing guest column today about the practice of corporal punishment in North Carolina schools. It's truly depressing to learn that we live in a state where a majority of school systems allow adults to spank children in retribution for whatever they consider inappropriate behavior.
The state statute allows local school boards to practice corporal punishment, and lists four broad requirements, such as administering it in a private place, with a witness, and notification of the parents after the fact. However, corporal punishment is not defined in the statute, nor is it defined in most local school policies. Thus, it might include slapping the face or paddling the buttocks; it might include asking students to remove clothing for paddling; it might include allowing a grown man to hit a little girl.
If you are hoping that the State Board of Education is trying to bring some sense to this situation, you will be sadly disappointed. In fact, the State Board does not even monitor corporal punishment in the public schools. Local boards are not required to file their corporal punishment policies, nor are they required to report its occurrence.
I'm sure North Carolina's leading pro-torture advocates are all for kids getting smacked around in schools. They don't buy arguments that it doesn't actually work, just like they don't buy military arguments that torture doesn't work. Violence is apparently just too good for their god-forsaken souls.