Tuesday, June 10, 2008

From Bear Crawls to Courtroom Paddlings

Last month I wrote here about an incident with my son at his elementary school. He was required to perform bear-crawls (corporal punishment) as discipline for misbehaving.

Now a Texas judge has been sued for giving parents the option of paddling their children in open court. The Brownsville Herald reported that judge Gustavo Garza was giving parents the option of spanking their children for truant behavior, or have the child face criminal charge and fines. The Associated Press reported a preliminary injunction was sought to stop Garza's use of paddles in his courtroom. Check out the video from News Channel 5 (KRGV) for a picture of the offending lumber.

Certainly a novel approach for rehabilitating truant youngsters in South Texas. What do you think? A good paddling vs. a juvenile adjudication and fines. To harsh? Over the top? Maybe a courageously good idea? I'd love to hear what you think.

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