OPINION COLUMNS

Square Talk for Wednesday, October 3, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Do you think paddling should still be allowed at public schools?

“I believe a parent has the right to paddle … But as the mother of a child that does have discipline problems, I don’t want them to be paddled at school. Where is the line? How hard can you hit them? How many times do you hit them? And where is the proper place to do it? Do you do it in front of the other children? Do you take the child out of the classroom first? There is no clear line on it.
“I don’t think it’s right to make an example out of a child. That can be more embarrassing than a hurt on the bottom. The anger over it can build up and come out later.”

- Kiri Allison, 27, of Decatur

“I really think it’s all right providing it’s administered right and doesn’t go overboard. I think the fear that it’s there can really deter misbehavior in the future. When I was a kid, I knew I didn’t want to get the limb. But I agree with it, if it’s used correctly.”

- Dan Harvey, 64, of Decatur

“We’ve taken that away from the teachers, so how do they correct a bad child? I don’t believe in beatings, but I do believe in paddling. It worked on me. It worked on my kids. I believe that’s what’s wrong with the kids today. There are people that abuse children, and that’s the most disgusting thing in the world. But if you want to raise a good child and raise a child that respects, I think that paddling makes them respect. There are some children it never works on, but most children it does.”

- Sharon Read, 67, of Park Springs

“Wear their ass out. You’ve got to have some form of discipline, and telling a kid, ‘No, that doesn’t work,’ and he goes and does it – at some point in time you’ve got to show them it doesn’t work. If not, when they get older, they get to deal with somebody like me in law enforcement.”

- Clint Blythe, 37, of Decatur

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