Groups: End physical discipline in school

Greg Toppo:

Saying corporal punishment disproportionately targets minority students and creates a “violent and degrading school environment,” two groups want federal and state lawmakers to ban it.
In a report being issued today, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union cite U.S. Education Department statistics that find school personnel in the 2006-07 school year reported disciplining 223,190 students by hitting, spanking or similar means. In interviews, Alice Farmer, the report’s author, found that children in Texas and Mississippi are routinely paddled for “minor infractions” such as chewing gum or violating school dress codes.