Of the 20 states that legally employ corporal punishment, Texas hits the most students every year. Nearly 50,000 children in Texas were hit - legally - at school during the 2005-2006 school year.
HB 916, a bill sponsored by Texas Rep. Alma Allen, would ban corporal punishment in the state of Texas. Not only would ending the practice of paddling by teachers and principals decrease violence against teachers and drop-out rates; it would also increase academic performance.
We know that corporal punishment is harming our education system and putting us at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the world. It’s time to end this practice. If a state like Texas, where corporal punishment is a respected tradition, can be encouraged to rid itself of this awful practice then the rest of the states will fall like dominoes.
Please sign this petition, endorsed by the National Youth Rights Association, The Hitting Stops Here and the Coalition Against School Paddling, and encourage Texas lawmakers to sign HB 916 and get rid of the institutionalized beating of schoolchildren.