Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Corporal Punishment Still Legal In Some States

I had came across an article a couple days ago talking about a girl who faced paddling for her prom dress, which the school deemed inappropriate. I thought to myself "paddling? Really?" Apparently, paddling or some sort of corporal punishment is legal in twenty-one states.

Dannis Randall from Family Education had compiled a list of the states that do and do not have corporal punishment laws on the books

I don't know about you but I am completely surprised and seeing that in my state, corporal punishment is legal, I will be surely writing a letter to my local representatives to try and get this matter resolved.  This seems so antiquated, and prior to the prom dress story, this is one of those laws I would have laughed at for still being on the books but never being used, but apparently I was wrong, which makes me question some of those other stupid laws I have read in the past.

1 comment:

  1. Adelle Davis, in Lets Get Well, tells us this: "It is now generally accepted that severe crippling arthritis is a psychosomatic illness resulting largely from unconscious accumulated anger" (for example, the beaten pupil is not allowed to express his anger to the teacher beating him or her). Dr Hans Seyle found that emotional stress (corporal punishment is very stressful) and harm to soft tissues produced by hitting and so on can cause calcium to be laid down in the damaged soft tissues of the body of animals. Dr Seyle produced the counterparts of such human diseases as arthritis and hardening of the arteries in this manner. Diseases such as scleroderma myositis, dermomyositis and bursitis have in common calcification of soft tissues. The tissues may become calcified following such slight injuries as bumping into furniture, pressure of brassiers and so on. It seems to me that many could be suffering permanent damage due to excess calcium having been deposited because of corporal punishment and this permanent damage could be causing anger.

    The Anger and Stress Management Centre of South Africa agrees with me that stress can cause many diseases.

    In my view the combination of stress and hitting is particularly bad.

    In a response to my asking for expert advice I was glad to receive the reply below:

    Mr. Miller,
    I must admit that I am certainly not an expert on Corporal punishment and its effects in regards to trauma in the subcutaneous tissues. However, in researching the issue of soft tissue calcification, there would certainly seem to be many correlations to the results of corporal punishment and the results of trauma from injury to the tissues. It is well known that calcifications can develop in the muscle tissues from bleeds induced by trauma such as sports and injury. The healing process can result in calcifications in the muscle and soft tissues resulting in decreased strength and pain. It would seem reasonable to me that an injury induced by trauma from a blow delivered for corporal punishment purposes could also result in calcification to the tissues damaged. There are no studies that I was able to find that specifically targeted the injuries that result from corporal punishment.
    DD, DO, CPI
    Medical Director
    Clinical Trials of Texas, Inc.


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