Teach our children, don't beat our children.
Children too are holders of human rights and deserve better than beatings at school. Globally it is now widely acknowledged that corporal punishment is a fundamental breach of children’s rights to respect for their human dignity, and respect for their physical and mental integrity. The Convention on the Rights of the Child requires States, in its article 19, to protect children from ‘all forms of physical and mental violence’ while in the care of parents and others.
Stop Abuse Campaign
I am Claire Lancaster and I am one of many concerned parents and taxpayers living in Marion County, Florida where in April 2013 the School Board voted to reinstate corporal punishment after we had successfully banned paddling 3 years earlier.
Our children are our future and we all want what's best for them, so I have been researching corporal punishment. Is it a good thing? Will paddling our children in school make our schools and communities safer as we are being told?
Here's what I found, 5 reasons why I'm asking you to sign this petition:
Marion County doesn't need to reintroduce paddling, we're already winning against violence in our schools. Programs like the district's new in-school suspension program, Behavioral Specialists who get to the root causes of problems, and Student Assist Teams that train students in social skills are far better alternatives. In the 2005/6 school year suspensions were at 37%. Now significantly less are being suspended, suspensions declined to a promising 5.5% in the first half of 2009/10, after banning paddling.
Please sign our petition, we can do better for our children. Let's teach them not beat them. We need to reinforce the success we are having with discipline in our schools.
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