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Florida School District To Finally Stop Hitting Their Students, But The Reason Why Will Infuriate You!

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Santa Rosa, Florida school district to finally stop hitting their students!

When you think of why a school would ban corporal punishment on their students, you would think their reason why would be pretty obvious (it's cruel, it's outdated, it's unnecessary, etc. etc.), but you know, Florida.

Believe it or not, the Santa Rosa school district in northern Florida has been allowing their students to be physically punished by school authorities this whole time, even though it's 2014 and this is America!


Well, turns out, the district has finally woken up from their 100-year nap and has decided to take a stand against hitting their students with a new rule that will begin "phasing" out the practice. But, is it to protect their abused pupils? Is it because they've entered the modern age and have realized that there are other forms of discipline that are much more effective?


In fact, the reason why they've decided to change is not to protect the students at all — but the TEACHERS!

We'll give you a sec to re-read that sentence ’cause we know it's pretty un-friggin-believable.

Turns out, the school district has been knee-deep in lawsuits — especially since they've had more than 400 incidents of paddling since 2012 — despite the fact that they DO require parents to give permission for their children to be subjected to paddling.

However, the complaints and liability issues have gotten so out of hand that super cool guy District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick has explained:

"I can no longer protect my employees. Even if they’re following protocol and involving the parents. Our employees are awesome individuals who work so hard. They don’t deserve to be treated like that."

Uhhhh, "work so hard" as in improving their golf swing each day they take a kid over their knee and paddle them until they cry?

….Because that's what it sounds like to us (and probably YOU)!

We're glad Santa Rosa has finally woken up to this, we just wish it was for their students and not just for protecting their OWN behinds from the hammer of the court gavel.

Just in case you were wondering, nineteen states STILL allow the practice of corporal punishment in their schools, which leads us wonder…

Should schools still impose corporal punishment on their students?

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Should schools still impose corporal punishment on their students?

  • Hell no! That is CRAZY!!! (77%)
  • Yes, it's best form of discipline. (23%)

Total Votes: 2,154

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30 comments to “Florida School District To Finally Stop Hitting Their Students, But The Reason Why Will Infuriate You!”

  1. Kristin says – reply to this


    I can not believe that this school is allowed to hit children to punish them for acting out. If a child went into the school and said my mom/dad gave me a spanking last night the teacher would call child protective services in a heartbeat! So I ask what is the difference?

  2. Jess says – reply to this


    Actually we don't call when kids get spanked. Actually teachers are far more physically and mentally abused than any child in any school district. Teachers are punched,kicked, slapped, and bit daily. But all you hear about is the poor kids and blah blah blah. Not about those kids flipping desks and throwing everything around the room or slapping their teacher. Take one fucking day in a teachers class and see if you don't want to paddle a kid or two. You pretentious self righteous asshole.

  3. Evelyn says – reply to this


    This is the county I was born and raised in. I attended school K-12 in this school district and I am beyond embarrassed. Believe me, not everyone in our county condones this behavior. As a whole however, the community is extremely unprogressive socially and reform in any capacity is not something easily accepted. Most people here are set in there ways and follow outdated philosophies. Our community is located inside the Bible Belt and unfortunately I believe that hinders a lot of out social progression.

  4. Tony C says – reply to this


    I grew up in Florida during the 50s and 60s and that's just the way it was. My parents spanked us and so did the principal when we screwed up. Things changed over the years. my father was made to kneel naked in a coal bin and was beaten with a razor strap. His mom had to dig coal out of the wounds on his knees. My dad whipped me with a belt, whipped me with a switch or spanked me. That's the way it was. I never laid a hand on my son and no one, especially a school should either. The days of whipping, beating, spanking, what ever is long past over.

  5. hana says – reply to this


    if someone did something really awful, my school would give the kid a public caning. this is one of the most expensive country in Asia & parents are ok with it.

  6. 6

    Also grew up in the 50's and 60's, and if I misbehaved I would get a couple of swats on the butt from my father's belt. In middle school, they sent the kids who misbehaved to the Vice Principal's office for swats so this kind of took the onus off of the teachers. I survived swats and so will those children, they will certainly not be scarred for life like you try to portray Perez.

  7. Courtney says – reply to this


    Unfortunately this is where I'm from. You see why I left. A bunch of little shit like this makes that opressive place highly unbearable.

  8. Teresa Andrews says – reply to this


    Re: Tony C – Very well said.

  9. Teresa Andrews says – reply to this


    I can't understand why a parent would give a bunch of other adults the right to abuse their child. If a teacher ever hit my child, they would regret it sincerely.

  10. 10

    Re: Teresa Andrews – Why do I get the feeling you're the parent of the kid that everyone wants to hit - the one who runs around the restaurant bothering other diners, the one who whines at bitches at inappropriate times in public, the one who rudely mouths back at their mother and has no respect for any other adult. You're the first to defend your child's atrocious behavior when you should be the first one trying to stop it. For the record, a spanking on the bottom is NOT abuse.

  11. sam says – reply to this


    Mabey parent's should educate their children so nobody has to

  12. Anita Grandé says – reply to this


    Re: Teresa Andrews – Wow! You are much more twistedmind than I had expected!

  13. Teresa Andrews says – reply to this


    Re: ToleratingYou – I don't know you, so I don't know why you have that feeling. My kids are 28 and 25 years old. Both are college graduates, both are employed. Neither child had disciplinary problems at school nor any problems with the law. All of this without abusing them or allowing others to abuse them. If the only way a parent can control their children is by physically assaulting them, then the battle is already lost. At some point, they'll be big enough to hit you back.

  14. Teresa Andrews says – reply to this


    Re: Anita Grandé – I just can't stand the thought of an adult hitting a child. It's so mean and unfair and unnecessary.

  15. X says – reply to this


    Re: Jess – With that nasty attitude, I can see why you're being abused, and deservedly so.

  16. Julie Worley says – reply to this


    Ouch! TN Parents file $1.7 Million Lawsuit over Excessive Paddling!

    In rural Morgan County, Tenn., the parents of a kindergarten boy who was paddled eight times for allegedly throwing crayons and rocks have filed a $1.7 million lawsuit.

    Florida and Alabama state laws allow educators to hit children against parents wishes.

    Parents are unable to protect children from repeated school "Paddlings/Spankings" due to "Teacher Immunity Laws" that protect school employees from criminal/civil action when children are injured and traumatized from school corporal punishment.

    In 1977 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that School Corporal Punishment is not "Cruel and Unusual Punishment" and declines to hear school corporal punishment appeals, creating a "Police State" atmosphere in schools in states that allow corporal punishment of children.

    CNN reported that the Male Principal of Oxford High School in Alabama "Paddled/Spanked" over a dozen High School girls for wearing dresses that were "too revealing" to their Senior Prom.

    Texas Springtown Independent School District made world news recently when a male principal paddled/spanked 2 High School girls and bruised them, a sexual assault, in violation of their corporal punishment policy requiring same sex school employee do the paddling, so the defiant school board changed the policy to allow men to spank girls. There is no way to prevent cell phone recordings of school paddlings/spankings.

  17. Julie Worley says – reply to this


    Please sign and share this important children's rights Change.org petition

  18. Julie Worley says – reply to this


    See the brutally violent, yet legal, child abuse from paddling in America's public schools at YouTube video trailer for Documentary Movie "The Board of Education" by Jared Abrams.

    See 2008 Report "A Violent Education" by Human Rights Watch and ACLU for disturbing facts including photos of actual shaved baseball bats used by educators to hit children in America's public schools.

    Please Sign and Share Change dot org Petition "The Congress of the United States of America We Call On You to Pass Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy's Bill H.R. 3027 to Federally Ban Corporal Punishment in Our Schools Signed Stop Abuse Campaign

  19. dave says – reply to this


    omg. this really only happens in highschools and i have had my ass swatted a few times,.. WE CHOOSE THE PUNISHMENT,.. you can either sit all day in a isolated class room or take a swat,. most kids take the swat,. and we laugh about it,.. its not like where chained and being whipped repeatably. jeese, me and my buddies sit around and laugh at the stories of our coaches whipping us.. but you are not FORCED to get swatted,. you just are given options of punishment. most kids want to take the swat and get it over with.

  20. Robbyn Peters Bennett says – reply to this


    This isn't just a problem in FLORIDA! Check out this short film clip that looks at this issue and sign the petition to end this practice in America!

  21. 21

    Yes this really is true and most of the students getting hit are at Navarre High in the Southern part of Santa Rosa County. You have to remember this is the "backward" part of Florida and the 21st century is just now arriving. There is some group called Floridians against corporal punishment that protested it. A lot of us that live here near Gulf Breeze didn't even know this was happening

  22. 22

    Re: dave – Dave This is just one swat and this kind of thing shouldn't be A CHOICE in the first place. Do these people go to training schools to learn how to beat on others? You are right the schools that do this are a laughing stock.

  23. dave says – reply to this


    Re: Sarah2014 – yes take one lousy swat from a teacher and you're allowed to go back to class and resume your work,. where if you choose the isolated classroom, you're not allowed to complete any of your school work for the day leaving you behind. i'd hardly call it a beating. also, your parents have to give permission for this to happen. so as for the parents filing lawsuits, maybe they should have just made their kids serve their iss.

  24. Earl Richards says – reply to this



  25. shooontshooont says – reply to this


    corporal punishment in american schools and families existed for hundreds of years and what was the end result? The babies of american women commit more murders per capita than virtually every other european country except russia. American babies are more savage than the babies of all of europe. The true super woman of earth is hong kong woman. Her babies achieved one of the lowest homicide rates on earth, one of the longest lifespans on earth and THE highest collective IQ on earth. And she accomplished that feat with only a minimal of spanking (only 5% of hong kong parents claim to spank their kids when they misbehave). The secret to well behaved children is not spanking. Its … whatever the heck super woman did right. But the only way to learn what they are doing right..is to date them.

  26. sarah says – reply to this


    Re: Jess – if you are a teacher, please quit your job. i am a crisis and community support work and i work with children in the mental health stream and criminal justice….. your attitude is appalling.

    please quit your job. it sounds like you hate kids!

  27. 27

    My boyfriend got paddled in school when he lived in Arkansas. It only happened once, and it was for eating something in class. Anyways, the way it was set up was that you got paddled by the principal and then got sent home with a note saying you got paddled. He said it wasn't painful, it was more creepy. A grown man you don't even know making you bend over on his desk and then hits you with a paddle. It even sounds weird typing it.

  28. 28

    Re: sarah – I agree. Jess – sounds like a terrible teacher. Not like a teacher dealing with children should act. I'll always remember one of my elementary school teachers, she was so sweet. There would be kids who would act out, flip their desks and just be generally uncontrollable. But she just had a way to calm them down, and it wasn't by threatening them. She was kind and patient, and she didn't just send kids to go get hit when they acted bad.
    To me, that sounds like a better solution. Show children that you actually care, show them that you're an adult that thinks of them as people too. I'd rather a kid respect me as a teacher than fear me.

  29. sarah2014 says – reply to this


    Re: Earl Richards – Excuse me these are NOT one swats. The code of conduct of this school system allows high school senior females (and guys) to be beaten with 19 inch boards up to four times. This type of violence should not be permitted no matter who approves of this. Some people are asking if people in this county are still throwing spears??

  30. Tom Johnson says – reply to this


    This reason is a way for the school board to save face. I think even teachers, principals, and officials who recognize what's inherently bad about paddling may often be reluctant to alienate some of their colleagues by acknowledging it. So they feel more comfortable citing "liability concerns." Which is laughable in many states where special immunity laws shield schools from both prosecution and civil action over corporal punishment incidents. Sure, some parents have filed complaints, but how far did any of them get?