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Spanking in Tennessee and Southern States – Debate About Corporal Punishment

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Tennessee and other Southern states, many parents and school districts continue to use corporal punishment (as well as the threat of corporal punishment) as a means of disciplining children and students. The Tennesean Newspaper / Website had a very interesting article on the spanking / paddling / corporal punishment debate. As noted in this article, each school district in Tennessee can make the decision on whether to use corporal punishment. Some Tennessee school districts allow corporal punishment while other school districts prohibit it. Whether corporal punishment is permitted or not, school districts and parents for that matter have a duty to refrain from abusing a child. Serious personal injuries should never result from using corporal punishment, paddling, or spanking as a means of punishment or discipline. Personally, I am against the use of corporal punishment. I believe that it is an archaic, ineffective and cruel means of punishment.