Tot Sauce: To Spank or Not to Spank Part Deux

by Amy Nance

We've already had the discussion about whether you are for or against spanking your children. But what about someone else spanking your child? And what if your child isn't quite a child anymore, but a teen in high school?

In 19 states, corporal punishment in schools is legal. In some of them, you can "opt out" of this type of discipline for your child.

Still in others, but not all, there are rules that only male administrators can paddle male students and female administrators can paddle female students. At one Texas school, the rule wasn't followed, and now two mothers are outraged. Not because their daugthers were swatted, but because they were swatted by a man.

I'm originally from Missouri, and corporal punishment was practiced at my high school. When you got in trouble, you had a choice: Detention or Swats? Personally, I take issue with the practice altogether. I don't intend to spank my child, and I'll be damned if someone else it going to raise a hand (or in this case a paddle) to him either. But that's just me.

How do you feel about corporal punishment? Do you think it's a legitimate and effective form of discipline, or are you shocked and appalled by the whole idea?

Photo by Flickr member rachelkramerbussel, used under a Creative Commons License.