Corpun file 23818
Ocala Star-Banner, Florida, 21 February 1963, p.10
School Officials Have Varying Opinions On Spanking Junior
By The Associated Press
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Should junior be paddled when he becomes unruly at school?
Educators over the nation have varying opinions, but generally
they don't consider it as vital an issue as the superintendent of
schools in Washington does.
Supt. Carl F. Hanson has asked permission of the District of
Columbia Board of education to spank young troublemakers. Hanson
said immunity from paddling encourages insolence on the part of
William C. Hinkley, superintendent of Aurora, Colo., schools,
said that while there is no state law restricting corporal
punishment "We certainly do not recommend this (corporal
punishment) as a means of discipline -- certainly not in many
The New York State education commissioner, Dr. James E. Allen
Jr., said, "The exercise of corporal punishment is
authorized in New York state. Local school boards have the power
to prohibit it in their districts, however. It boils down to a
question of what is reasonable."
In New York City, the spanking or pupils by teachers is not
Irving Breyer, attorney for the San Francisco Board of Education,
said California law permits corporal punishment, administered
only by a principal or his assistant. Use of the practice is left
to the discretion of each school board.
A Montana statute says teachers may administer corporal
punishment if it is witnessed by another teacher or principal,
but not with undue anger or without notifying the parents.
John W. Letson, Atlanta, Ga., school superintendent, said:
"We do not officially have authority for corporal
punishment. We have what I consider complete leeway to maintain
order. Certainly we don't feel we have any serious problem."
"Corporal punishment can be justified only as a last
resort", Dr. Owen B. Kernan, Massachusetts commissioner of
education said. "The teacher oftimes must act in place of
the parents. The test or corporal punishment is whether it is
reasonable and moderate."
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