Among the unconscionable problems with corporal punishment: Racial discrimination. The U.S. Education Department found that African-American students are twice as likely to be spanked as their peers of other races, USA Today reported. In North Carolina, Native Americans represent 2 percent of the student population yet make up 35 percent of those physically punished, The American Academy of Pediatrics concluded years ago that spanking harms learning and self-image, the paper reported.
“To fight child abuse, it’s not enough just to remove children from dangerous situations, or to investigate allegations of child abuse,” Patton said. “Social service professionals and others engaged in the fight need to become culturally competent by developing a stronger understanding of the link between child abuse and the history of personal and cultural trauma.”
‘White House Boy’ tells his story By Tony Holt Hernando Today, December 18, 2011 Submitted by Robert Straley Robert Straley, 65, is one of the “White House Boys,” a group of men who said they were terrorized and abused repeatedly by guards at a reform school for troubled teens. He had run away from […]
Sacramento’s ‘girl with a hundred scars’ files claim for damages By Marjie Lundstrom, firstname.lastname@example.org Sacramento Bee, December 19, 2011 Since the moment she was born 10 weeks premature, with cocaine rippling through her 21/2-pound body, Lilly Manning has been the recipient of other people’s poor choices, bad judgment and terrible timing. Now, the 19-year-old woman […]
Twenty White House Boys have died since 2008, including Michael O’McCarthy, a journalist and activist and incredibly, a boy at Marianna who had received one of the dreaded 100-lash beatings. He passed the story to Carol Marbin Miller, a journalist at the Miami Herald. The story broke two months later. In the end, this strange journey would cost us all more than we could ever have imagined.