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Good news for Good Friday: More progress toward the abolition of state-sponsored violence

On the day of remembrance of the most infamous state-sponsored execution in human history, there are more and more encouraging indications that our country is making progress in the age-old effort to bring about the demise of government-overseen violence.

Yesterday, the Connecticut state senate voted to abolish the death penalty in the Constitution State. The House and Governor are expected to follow suit in the near future and thereby make it the fifth state in as many years to take such a step.

Meanwhile, here in North Carolina, where advocates continue to make painstaking progress in a similar effort, there was a good news on a related front this week.

According to this report in Raleigh’s News & Observer, the State Board of Education is looking to take additional action to ban the the use of the long-discredited and increasingly unpopular practice of child beating (aka “corporal punishment”) in the public schools. As this excellent column by veteran child advocate Tom Vitaglione made clear on the main Policy Watch site recently, this is an obvious and long overdue step.

The bottom line: Maybe, despite all of our obvious shortcomings, humans are finally starting to learn/remember that one of the best ways to end violence toward human beings is to get government out of the business.

One Comment

  1. Julie Worley

    April 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Kudos to Connecticut for voting to abolish the death penalty!

    Tennesseans for Non-Violent School Discipline sponsored a National Protest Against School Corporal Punishment held at TN State Capitol in Nashville Thursday, April 5, 2012 to Demand Governor Haslam and TN lawmakers Abolish Paddling (Sexual Assault when done to a non-consenting adult)/Pain to Punish Tennessee students K-12, already Illegal in Nashville Schools and Schools in 31 U.S. States. Search “A Violent Education” for disturbing facts including graphic descriptions of injuries to students, “Teacher Immunity Laws” and No Legal Redress, even the U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear school corporal punishment appeals! Support Federal Bill H.R. 3027 “The Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act” , languishing in U.S. Congress NOW, at donthitstudents dot com

    2/3 of Tennessee Students attend “Paddling Schools”, Prohibited in Nashville Schools and Schools in 31 U.S. States! My 3 children, who we don’t hit, are forced to overhear the blows as their middle school teachers hit classmates just outside class in halls as a knee-jerk reaction to horsing around or not turning in homework, without parental consent or notification, not required per TN State law, then the beaten student is further humiliated when they immediately return to their seat! Our local school board members ignored our written/verbal presentation during their meeting in April 2008, during “National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month” to Demand they Prohibit Physical Punishment of Students, we received no letter, no phone call. Federal and State government officials informed us that school corporal punishment is a “Local Issue”!

    Alabama is #3 in the nation, following Texas #1 and Mississippi #2, for the numberr of students paddled in school. Alabama’s Oxford High School made national news recently when over a dozen High School Girls were “Spanked” by their Male Principal for wearing dresses that were “too revealing” to their Senior Prom!

    Tennessee is one of 19 U.S. States allow disciplinary beating of schoolchildren by teachers, coaches and administrators in 2012, some without parental consent, including Tennessee!

    School Corporal Punishment is discriminatorily applied to boys, minority, disabled and low-income students.