Tom Vitaglione, Senior Fellow for Health and Safety at NC Child is out with a new report on corporal punishment in North Carolina’s public schools. The good news: the decades-long campaign to rid our schools of this barbaric practice is almost to the “mission accomplished” point. The bad news: three counties (Graham, Macon and Robeson) are still administering taxpayer-funded beatings to children. This is from Vitaglione’s conclusion:
“Though the practice is now rare, North Carolina remains on the list of state that allow corporal punishment, a bit of a tarnish on our image that is frequently highlighted in news stories across the nation. The NC General Assembly remains reluctant to prohibit the practice statewide (though it does allow a parental opt-out as well as reporting). The current [McCrory] Administration, so focused on image, has not even expressed an opinion on the issue.
Given the lack of state leadership, advocacy will remain focused on the three districts that still use corporal punishment….Hopefully, it won’t be long before all of North Carolina’s public school students can go to school without fear of being hit by school personnel.”