Open letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry; HOW TO REDUCE CHILD ABUSE IN TEXAS
I urge you to support Rep. Alma Allen's HB 916 which will abolish
corporal punishment in Texas schools. Thirty other states have studied
the issue and put away the paddles. School paddling is NOT discipline,
it is child abuse and it leaves BIG bruises on children’s buttocks. It
also promotes child abuse at home. It’s shocking that some children as
young as age 5 go happily to school in the morning and end up
in a hospital with injuries from a discredited school discipline
Think about it, hitting children with boards is child abuse whether
done at home or at school. We all need to protect children from child
abuse wherever we see it.
men hitting school children is wrong and would be a felony assault if
done away from your schools. Research shows that paddling lowers test
scores increases dropout rates and vandalism.
As a former teacher, I know that paddling is more of a reflection on the teacher than the student. A few teachers get sadistic pleasure
out of paddling. Students feel worthless and their academic success
falters. Ending paddling is good for the students and the schools.
Children have nightmares and are afraid of going to school. Is this
what we want of our schools? People are not for hitting and children are
Everyone should do what they can to stop child abuse wherever we see it. The law requires that.
Temple TX ISD
superintendent Dr. Robin Battershell greatly improved discipline by
requiring principals spend ten minutes per day in three classes (30
minutes total). This let the teachers and students know that a principal
could walk in at any moment.
paddling promotes more child abuse at home. Gov. Perry, you will be
proud of your support for reducing child abuse in Texas for the rest of
Jimmy Dunne, Pres. People Opposed to Paddling Students, Houston, 1306 W. Brooklake Dr., Houston, 77077 281.584.9707