Friday, 23 September 2011

USA schools' corporal punishment paddle confiscated as weapon of terror

Returning home from the Global Summit in Dallas on Ending Corporal Punishment and Promoting Positive Discipline in June 2011, the American campaigner Nadine Block was stopped by security because of the wooden paddle in her suitcase that she had brought to show the delegates. The paddle, which looks like a wide flat cricket bat, is used to punish schoolchildren in nineteen states of the USA. The security officer called it a “potential weapon” and refused to allow it in her luggage. She was forced to leave it behind in Texas. Nadine said: “I told them that almost 50,000 kids are paddled every year in Texas so they need to let the legislature know it is a weapon."

(From the Children Are Unbeatable! Alliance September 2011 newsletter - which for some reason isn't up on the website yet, though it will no doubt appear.)

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