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“It has been written: ‘Honor thy father and thy mother.’ It is essential to add, I think: ‘Respect the soul of your child! Think of the future generations!” Tomas Masaryk, First President of Czechoslovakia, from Humanistic Ideals, 1901. See Video clip.

People Opposed to Paddling Students
Your support is needed to abolish this legalized child abuse in our schools which promotes more child abuse at home.

10 Things People Can Do To Prevent Violence

National Child Abuse Prevention Month
What will you do to promote non-violence at home?

Is your state one of the them?

Here are a few words of caution to parents who have children in schools that use violent punishments, a.k.a. paddling.

Off-Site Directory

February 2006

Video Shows Fatal Boot Camp Beating, By Brent Kallestad, Associated Press Writer, AP, February 9, 2006  

January 2006

Gossett Center accused by ex-workers of abuses; Lifton request triggers Inspector General’s office probe, By Jennie Daley, Journal Staff, The Ithaca Journal, January 20, 2006

TEXAS: U.S. District Court condones deliberate injury of schoolchildren, January 12, 2006

NEWS RELEASE — Florida Department of Law Enforcement Investigates the Death of Martin Lee Anderson, January 10, 2006

Child-Abuse Deaths Stun New Yorkers, By Allison Keyes, NPR, January 24, 2006 (With audio)

Police: Coach ordered corporal punishment of player, 13 WVEC-TV, January 24, 2006 (With audio)

No More Nightmares at Tranquility Bay?, By John Gorenfeld, AlterNet, January 23, 2006

Calls for smacking ban rejected, BBC NEWS, January 22, 2006

Teen dies 3 hours after being admitted to Military-style lockup. Lawmaker demands shutdown.
By Carol Marbin Miller and Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald, January 11, 2006

Help at any cost: How the troubled-teen industry cons parents and hurts kids
By Maia Szalavitz

Attachment Therapy on Trial: The Torture and Death of Candace Newmaker
By Jean Mercer, Larry Sarner & Linda Rosa

“There never was a time when a major social problem was solved by beating a child. And there never will be such a time… For centuries adults have injured children and have lied about it, and other adults have heard those lies and then merely turned away… we must begin putting the blame where it belongs.” . — C. Everett Koop, M.D., Sc. D

December 2005

NEPAL – Anti-corporal punishment training to be started, The Rising Nepal, December 30, 2005

CALIFORNIA – Prison blamed in teen death Staff withheld mental help and used a prohibited lockdown before his suicide, report says, By Mark Martin, San Francisco Chronicle, December 30, 2005

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Corporal punishment in schools, Editorial, Khaleej Times, December 30, 2005

TAIWAN – Physical punishment legislation makes progress in Legislature, By Edward Chung, Taiwan News, December 29, 2005

CALIFORNIA – Spankers’ reference to Proverbs is a ruse, Letter to the San Bernardino County Sun By The Rev. Thomas E. Sagendorf , December 19, 2005

CALIFORNIA – Minister faces jail in beating of his son; Some say corporal punishment a right, By Brad A. Greenberg, San Bernardino County Sun, December 18, 2005

CANADA – Police cite “torturous abuse” of 4-year-old girl; Edmonton couple charged, By News Staff,, December 17, 2005

Deputy Charged With Injury To A Child, December 15, 2005

School board hears Tom Johnson’s opposition to paddling
By Thomas Munro/Staff Writer
The Daily Herald, December 9, 2005

Boy, 12, suffocated during restraint at Star Ranch
By Zeke MacCormack, Express-News, December 8, 2005

Couple kept 11 adopted children in cages
By Joe Milicia , Netscape News, December 7, 2005

Abounding Grace School’s owners to answer charges; Punishment turned into abuse, boys say
By Jessica Guenzel, Winston-Salem Journal, July 31, 2005

NORWAY – Supreme Court upholds spanking ban, Aftenposten, December 9, 2005

ARKANSAS – Shame on those who use shame to discipline, hurt, By Peggy Treiber, Morning News, December 4, 2005

PENNSYLVANIA – New Regulations Bar Spanking In Schools, By AP, KDKA, December 4, 2005

FLORIDA – Mother, son found dead in apparent murder-suicide, By The Associated Press, Ocala Star-Banner, December 1, 2005

November 2005

MISSOURI – Missouri among leaders in swats — School paddlings fewer, not gone, By Steve Rock, The Kansas City Star, November 30, 2005 WASHINGTON – Discipline is a constant, but spanking is never OK, By Jan Faull, Special to The Seattle Times, November 12, 2005

UK – Commission calls for a ban on even the gentlest smacking of children, By Sarah Womack, Social Affairs Correspondent,, November 11, 2005

September 2005

Dr. E, Professor of Psychology and Jordan Riak debate spanking
September 23, 2005

SPANKING? ABUSE? Alice Miller responds to a spanker
September 20, 2005

“No bruises, no abuse,” cops say — Good citizen gagged for reporting child’s screams; Letter to PTAVE from Susan Lawrence, September 18, 2005

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: An open letter to the Union County School Board
From John Erker, in the Enquirer Journal, Monroe, NC, September 18, 2005

Strap to be banned in all Victorian schools
By Chee Chee Leung and David Rood
The Age, September 16, 2005

For a trip down Memory Lane, listen to this recording from 1985. It was a good message then, when there were 42 states that paddled, and it is a good message now for the remaining 22. Allow a minute or two for the audio to download. “It’s a bad lesson to teach our children,” Caroline Wean, Vice President and General Manager of KPIX-TV, Speaking in support of H.B. 1617, California corporal punishment ban.

Presidential Call for End of Capital and Corporal Punishment
Taipei Times,
September 8, 2005

Parents of student who was paddled file suit against Groveton ISD
The Lufkin Daily News,
September 8, 2005

Smacking children becomes NZ election issue

IOL (,
September 8, 2005

New package to curb corporal punishment
The Kathmandu Post,
September 7, 2005

Presidential Call for End of Capital and Corporal Punishment
Taipei Times, September 8, 2005

Parents of student who was paddled file suit against Groveton ISD
The Lufkin Daily News, September 8, 2005

Smacking children becomes NZ election issue
IOL (, September 8, 2005

New package to curb corporal punishment
The Kathmandu Post, September 7, 2005

Psychologists demand smacking ban
Courier-Mail, August 25, 2005

August 2005

Psychologists demand smacking ban
Courier-Mail, August 25, 2005

New York Times Underplays Boot Camp Abuse, Lack of Success
Story examines “promising business opportunity”

August 17, 2005

The lessons I learned at Casa by the Sea
By Sarah Barlow
August 6, 2005

A form for parents’ use in paddling districts

Christian school unrepentant over smacking pamphlet,
August 25, 2005

Principal defends smacking pamphlet,
August 24, 2005

School sends home how-to-smack pamphlets,
August 24, 2005

Spanking suit settled for $94,000; Middle schoolers claim Harvey cops paddled them, August 24, 2005

YOUR VIEWS: End to school paddling long overdue, Letters to the Birmingham Post
by Glenn Davis, Nadine Block and Dr. Robert E. Fathman,
August 24, 2005

Smacking would be assault, say police,
August 22, 2005

Foster parents are convicted; Beating of disabled teen in their Lombard home caught on video,
August 20, 2005

Ex-Teacher Guilty of Spanking Boys, By Venice Buhain,
August 19, 2005

July 2005

US: The abuse of this child truly is the stuff of nightmares
By Debra Barayuga
Honolulu Star-Bulliten, July 27, 2005

NEW ZEALAND: Controversial ‘anti-beating bill’ negotiates first hurdle By Ainsley Thomson
New Zealand Herald, July 28, 2005

Ex-boyfriend found guilty in spanking of 2 toddlers; He said that he had busted their butts with a paddle
The Joplin Globe, July 26, 2005

Camp death leads to murder charges — Boy died after being restrained by counselors
By Craig Schneider
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 19, 2005

Boy says coach paid him $25 to injure player
By Chuck Brittain
Tribune-Review, July 16, 2005

Let death not stalk the classrooms in school
By Syed Fattahul Alim
Financial Express , July 7, 2005

A Study in Contrasts
Letters to Project NoSpank from two writers
July 5, 2005

Child-spanking as Sexual Abuse,
By Leila Holm, Child abuse researcher at Åbo Akademi University in Vasa, Finland, 2005

Aga av barn som sexuellt övergrepp,
By Leila Holm (Swedish translation of “Child-spanking as Sexual Abuse”)

Community stunned as HS coach charged with spanking players,
By Lindsay Faber, Staff Writer, Newsday, July 7, 2005

June 2005

CANADA: Presentation by Senator Hervieux-Payette
SOURCE: Repeal 43 Committee, June 1, 2005

SOURCE: Children Are Unbeatable at
June 2005

Morrisville man pleads guilty to child-porn charges,
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 28, 2005

James Dobson, spanking guru of the Christian Right, assumes the dominant position

The Childhood Origins of the Holocaust
By Lloyd DeMause
June 2005

Creating a Community Parenting Center
By Robert B. McFarland
Journal of Psychohistory 32(4) Spring 2005

SOURCE: Children Are Unbeatable at
June 2005

My childhood as a state ward

Paddling & Lynching in the United States

Judge Amy’s verdict on spanking
From the TV show, “Judging Amy,” CBS

FORT LAUDERDALE `BOOT CAMP’ — Slew of calls drew police to school
By Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald, June 3, 2005

Abuse allegations investigated at Lauderdale boarding school for girls
By Bill Hirschman, Sun-Sentinal, June 2, 2005

FORT LAUDERDALE `BOOT CAMP’ – Loophole let school avoid regulation
By Carol Mabin Miller, Miami Herald, June 2, 2005

Army-style girls’ school shuts doors
By Carol Marbin Miller , Miami Herald, June 1, 2005

Spanking, the Fourth Commandment and the Suppression of Authentic Emotions
An Interview given by Alice Miller to Borut Petrovic Jesenovec for the magazine ONA, (Slovenia). Publication Date: June 28, 2005

DeSoto Parish School System is Unsafe for Children
June 5, 2005

No spanking allowed (in Brookline)
By Monica Deady
Brookline Tab, June 2, 2005

May 2005

To spank or not to spank
By Stanley Spiegel
Brookline Tab, May 12, 2005

A Resolution to Encourage Parents and Caregivers of Children to Refrain from the Use of Corporal Punishment
Author: Ron Goldman, Brookline, Massachusetts, May 2005

Countries where children are protected by law from all corporal punishment

Against Corporal Punishment – Moving Toward Constructive Child Discipline, UNESCO Publication

Cincinnati Councilman Sam Malone charged with beating son
By Dan Horn, The Enquirer, May 15, 2005
See video clip of child’s injuries being examined at hospital

Counselors Fired After Death at Ga. Camp
By Harry R. Weber, May 13, 2005

State probes boy’s death Camp’s risky punishment cited
By Jill Young Miller – Staff
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 6, 2005

Boy’s pleas for aid denied; Inhaler withheld, restrained teen died
By Craig Schneider, Jill Young Miller – Staff
Atlanta Constitution-Journal, May 7, 2005

Lawsuit: Youth claims camp counselors broke his arms
By Barbara White Stack, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 3, 2005

`I did it out of love’: Felony charge for father who spanked son with belt
By Casey Ross and Franci Richardson
Boston Herald, May 1, 2005

April 2005

What is Hatred?
By Alice Miller
April 2005

Charter school chief gets jail for beating son
By Dan Martin
Star Bulletin, April 27, 2005

Private school doesn’t like state’s ‘therapeutic’ label
By Kirsten Stewart, The Salt Lake Tribune, April 29, 2005

Jordan Riak, April 24, 2005

Should schools spank? Policies, attitudes vary widely over use of corporal punishment.
By Mandi Steele, Globe Staff Writer
Joplin Globe, April 23, 2005

Dickinson, TX parents arrested, father accused of paddling stepson
From 11 News Staff Reports
KHOU-TV, April 22, 2005 Files Lawsuit, Claims Boarding School Abused Son
By Associated Press, KSL TV, April 22, 2005

Mother sues treatment center, claims son was beaten, abused
By Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune, April 22, 2005

What is Hatred?
By Alice Miller
April 2005

Charter school chief gets jail for beating son
By Dan Martin
Star Bulletin, April 27, 2005

`I did it out of love’: Felony charge for father who spanked son with belt
By Casey Ross and Franci Richardson
Boston Herald, May 1, 2005

TEXAS: Pro-paddling bill sails through House; Under plan, prosecutors must show spanking is more than discipline
By Karen Brooks
Dallas Morning News, April 18, 2005

MISSOURI: Suitor loses Kemper bid — Boonville council rejects offer
By John Sullivan
Columbia Daily Tribune, April 19, 2005

PAKISTAN: Durrani decides to ban corporal punishment in NWFP schools

Daily Times, April 20, 2005

Paddling at school, abuse at home
Texas ranks high in both categories. What to do? Jimmy Dunne has the solution.

Sue Nunn’s letter to each member of the Pennsylvania House Education Committee and a response from Rep. Paul I. Clymer

Paddling Isn’t Funny
Letter to the Sun-Sentinel from Jordan Riak
April 13, 2005

The last resort — Inside Tranquility Bay
Decca Aitkenhead

Mom pulls twins from Eagle Point after riot
The Mississippi Press, April 16, 2005

Access the name of sex offenders in your community.

ARKANSAS: Corporal Punishment Ineffective, Administrators Say
Most Districts Allow Paddling But Don’t Use It

By Matt McGowan, The Morning News, April 2, 2005

New Greek translation of Plain Talk about Spanking

“Crossed signals, Mixed messages”
One court calls it child abuse, another calls it normal”

March 2005

GENEVA: Dr. Tariq Ramadan, a world-renowned Islamic scholar, issued a call
to the Muslim world for an international moratorium on corporal punishment

The Muslim News, March 30, 2005

TEXAS: Dallas School District: Paddling out, uniforms in
By Toya Lynn Stewart, Dallas Morning News, March 31, 2005

June 2003

“Canadian Supreme Court hears arguments against spanking”
By Jim Brown, The London Free Press, June 6, 2003

“Spare the rod — or face jail?”
By Margaret Philip, The Globe and Mail, June 7, 2003

Iceland bans spanking
By Peter Newell, Co-ordinator, EPOCH WORLDWIDE

Delaware becomes the 28th state to ban school paddling
Information courtesy of the National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment
in Schools and the Center for Effective Discipline

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