"Corporal punishment, as a measure of correction or of maintaining discipline and order in schools, is permitted. However, it shall be used only when all other alternative means of discipline have failed, and then only in reasonable form and upon the recommendation of the presence of the teacher."
"It should never be inflicted in the presence of other pupils or without a witness. Corporal punishment shall be administered only by swatting the buttocks with a paddle. When it becomes necessary to use corporal punishment, it shall be administered so that there can be no chance of bodily injury or harm. Striking a student on the head or face is not permitted."
"The teacher or principal shall submit a report to the superintendent, explaining the reason for the use of corporal punishment as well as the details of the administration of the same."
Yes, this is an excerpt from the senior high student handbook for the upcoming year. Welcome to Missouri. I will do everything I can to protect Patrick's rights, but D and Patrick have both decided that this is where Patrick will be going to school.
I doubt this situation, or the "police can interrogate your kid, and as long as the principal is present there is nothing you can do about it" sort of situation (also outlined in the handbook, along with the "we can ask your kid to undress and 'shake it' while we look for contraband oooooh, yeahhhr" variant) will come up, but it positively sickens me. Not to mention, I also DO CARE about other people's children.
What kind of school environment do they deserve? And do you think that this reflects well on the teachers who want to be viewed with respect? Who believe in civil rights for all and don't want to be seen as a Thwackum type?
It may be wrong, but I *feel* distrustful of every staff member so long as policies like this are in effect.