A video of a Florida school principal using a paddle to spank a 6-year-old student has sparked outrage online. In the graphic video, shot by the child's mother on her mobile phone last month, we see the student bent over a chair, crying, while she is paddled three times by principal Melissa Carter of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Florida. Ms Carter is now under investigation by the Hendry County school board and the local sheriff's office. Corporal punishment - paddling, spanking, or other forms of physical punishment - is not permitted in Hendry County schools.
Corporal punishment of minors in the United States
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Parents, caregivers and teachers may find themselves wondering if physical discipline, such as spanking, is legal in Canada. This article addresses the where the line is drawn by Canadian law between criminal conduct and acceptable physical punishment of children. The law in Canada recognizes some situations exist where a parent or legal guardian may use reasonable force on a child. This defence is provided for in Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada which reads:. Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances. Canada considered the defence found in Section 43 of the Criminal Code. In its decision, the Supreme Court set out a series of limitations which are current law in Canada:.
In 19 States, It's Still Legal to Spank Children in Public Schools
By Ave Mince-Didier. Standing on the sidewalk with your three-year-old, she pulls away from you and starts running toward a busy street. To her, it is a game, but to you, it is a life-threatening situation.
A person commits an assault when. Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances. The freedom and choice of parents to discipline their children in the manner they choose, free from interference by the state, raises the question of where the line ought to be drawn between acceptable physical discipline and criminal assault. In a family non-criminal law context, spanking may also be viewed as child abuse. Social science research is inconclusive, showing both positive and negative impacts of corporal physical punishment.