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Corporal/Physical Pain as Punishment against Students

School faculty members are required by law to report suspected child abuse, yet they are allowed, by law today in 19 U.S. predominantly Southern "Bible Belt" States, to inflict physical Pain as punishment on school children K-12 with legal impunity and absolutely no safety standards, training, testing or certification to protect students!
Recently, Texas Governor Perry recently signed HB 359 and North Carolina Governor Perdue signed SB 498 Giving Parents the Right to Prohibit Corporal/Physical PAIN as Punishment of Their Children in Schools! 
Corporal/Physical Pain as Punishment is Illegal in Schools in 31 U.S. States and All U.S. Prisons.
Research consistently finds that Corporal Punishment is harmful to the healthy development of children and is an impairment to the learning environment.  Over 50 National Children's Health and Education organizations are opposed to school corporal punishment of students.
School paddling is discriminatorily applied to boys, minorities, disabled and low income students.
If school employees hit students with wooden paddles in public, they'd be arrested for assault as would any parent, police officer, lawmaker or U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
School paddling injuries result in several thousand students seeking emergency medical treatment annually and puts school districts at risk of lawsuits paid for by taxpayers in those communities.
Federal Courts have upheld outrageous incidents of legal child abuse inflicted on schoolchildren and the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear school corporal punishment appeals.  Parents who seek emergency medical treatment and criminal/civil charges are often powerless to obtain justice for their children, injured by government/school employees paid our tax dollars to be entrusted with the care and education of our children.  Assault charges are dropped and civil lawsuits go nowhere as state laws allow corporal punishment on schoolchildren with no regulation.  Several "School Paddling States" have "Teacher Immunity Laws" to Protect school employees from criminal/civil charges.  Local school boards often ignore parents who are outraged at the injuries their child has suffered at tha hands of school teachers, coaches and administrators.
Please add your voice to the National Campaign to End School Paddling of Students at Unlimited Justice  founded by Billionaire Fashion Designer and Education Reformer Marc Ecko.
Check out free online resources for all child caregivers ­"Plain Talk About Spanking" at http://www.nospank.net/pt2011.htm , sparethekids.com and dontbeatblackkids.com.

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