Corporal punishment is still legal in 20 states of the U.S.
In the 2006 – 2007 school year, 222,517 students were paddled in U.S. public schools. That averages one child being hit in school every 23 seconds.
These are a few of the horrifying facts that the designer Mark Ecko highlights in “Unlimited Justice,” his campaign to end corporal punishment in our schools.
Here are a few more:
* In all 50 states, it is illegal to hit a prisoner.
* In all 50 states, it is illegal to hit someone in the military.
* In all 50 states, it is illegal to hit an animal.
* In the following 20 states, it is legal to hit a child: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.
* In 20 states, a student can be paddled in school for being late to class, acting out, going to the bathroom without permission, or even failing a test.
Click here to find out more, and check out this video to find out how you can take action regarding the Nationwide Campaign to End Corporal/Physical Pain/Paddling as Punishment of Children in U.S. Schools by Marc Ecko of Ecko Unltd.
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