Outraged Enough

Twenty of the U.S.’ 50 states allow some form of corporal punishment in their schools, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming. A new report done by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union reveals that more than 200,000 schoolchildren are subjected to some form of corporal punishment and that disabled students tend to be more often punished than others. The two organizations are urging lawmakers at the federal and state levels to ban nationwide physical punishment of students with disabilities.
We live in an era with more problems than we are able to solve. But this is one problem not only so egregious, it is one we can easily do something about. Spanking or physically punishing a child with autism, cerebral palsy or depression is something that ought to make us outraged enough to demand zero tolerance.