September 25, 2012 |
They're calling it the swat heard 'round the world -- and its echo is still reverberating. On Monday night, the school board in Springtown, Texas, voted to allow students to be paddled by employees of the opposite gender if their parents give written permission. The board's previous policy permitted only same-gender paddling. No one really argued with the idea of corporal punishment; at issue was the question of who gets to administer it, specifically can an adult male swat young girls?
September 24, 2012 |
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. On Monday night, officials at one Texas high school are meeting to discuss changing a rule that would allow male administrators to spank female students. That's right, spank. Nineteen states reportedly allow corporal punishment in schools, according to the Center for Effective Discipline, and Springtown High School is in one of those states. Further, at the school near Fort Worth, administrators are considering loosening their spanking rules because they believe the current rules have created a problem.
January 2, 2012
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. I completely agree that spanking, or any form of physical discipline, should never be employed ["How Kids Feel the Swats of Spanking," Dec 26]. Hitting (swatting, slapping or any other euphemism for it, "open hand" or not, or even threatening to do so) stops the learning process and replaces it with fear and anger. As soon as the child is hit, he or she cries. No discussion, no learning. Also, when parents hit their children, they are angry and under the least self-control, which makes Robert Larzelere's comment of "two swats," followed by "love for the child afterward" completely unrealistic.
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December 11, 2011 |
A man accused of striking a 15-year-old Irvine boy with a metal pole after the boy's parents asked him to discipline the youth on their behalf has been booked on suspicion of felony willful cruelty to a child, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. According to investigators, the parents found a lighter in the boy's possession and suspected that he had been smoking. The boy, who was not identified because of his age, was taken to the home of Paul Kim, 39, of Chino Hills, who attended the same La Habra church the family attended.
May 12, 2011
Adolescence is a time of brutally dashed hopes in Peter Mullan's "NEDS," whose title is shorthand for "non-educated delinquents" -- not a term of endearment. The fundamentals of this tough coming-of-age drama are familiar: financial struggle and emotional abuse on the home front, corporal punishment at school, raging testosterone finding expression in violence. But the telling is fresh; set in the mean streets of 1970s Glasgow, the film is a deft fusion of period detail, kitchen-sink grit and heightened cinematic reality.
September 11, 2010 |
Spend any time out and about in Los Angeles and you'll see Gary Leonard. More importantly, he'll see you. Probably through the lens of a camera. Whether he's working for a publication or for the sheer satisfaction of recording a moment in history, it doesn't feel like a real L.A. event unless Leonard is there, decked out in his old-school photographer's marsupial vest and slung about with cameras. When you've been taking pictures for 50 years, as Leonard has, a camera pretty much feels like another appendage, and without that camera, how many people would recognize Leonard?