Recent video from a Florida elementary school showing a six-year-old girl being swatted three times and viciously scolded by a school principal has triggered national debate.
ABC NEWS reports that spanking kids is legal in 19 states, but not in the Florida county where the video was made.
The GUARDIAN listened Wednesday to callers on the KBOI radio talk show and the overwhelming majority seemed to favor use of corporal punishment in schools–it is apparently legal in Idaho.
The GUARDIAN suggests that similar punishment would be in order for teachers who chew gum, put their feet on desks, are late for work or leave early. No doubt teachers would not violate the rules if they were bent over and smacked on the butt by the principal.
UPDATE 5/9/21–Florida coppers and prosecutor havre “cleared” the principal of any wrongdoing, saying mom was present and authorized the whacks.
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