Originally Posted by LVale
I live in Houston Tx. I do know that spanking is allowed but at the beginning of each school year, a release form is sent home asking the parents if corporal punishment is ok with you or not. I always checked the no box, and made sure the form was on file with everybody possible. So if my sons ever disobeyed or whatever they had to call us, and we would go to the school and settle whatever they did. So no your child cannot be spanked unless you say so. You would really be surprised that the majority of parents do not allow it, considering this is the south, where everyone, who live elsewhere thinks spanking is so common, when it really is not.
My experience when my daughter went to school in Oklahoma was the opposite--unless you signed an opt-out form (and they look at you as if you have 2 heads when you ask for it--and if you are an interdistrict transfer student, you will be rejected and told to go back to your "home" school--and try to talk you out of it or pretend they can't find them or something) they will presume that spanking the child is okay.
Not excusing corporal punishment at school, but looking at it from another angle: Mom and Dad both work. Their expenses to income ratio mean there is no wiggle room in the budget. No nearby relatives or friends that can watch the child for a few days. They are paid hourly, so no work, no pay...maybe no sick days or vacation days...if the child is spanked, it is over in less than 5 minutes. If the child is suspended, then mom and dad have to lose income either by not working or by hiring someone to watch the child for a couple days. Or, if they can take time off, the kids are probably just laying around watching TV.
And In School Suspension is a joke. That is when you find out how little work the students actually do in a day because they are finished with their classwork by 10 am and spend the rest of the day coloring or something.
There needs to be something other than removing them from school or spanking, but what?