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Prohibit Corporal Punishment in Schools


WHEREAS, schools and child-care facilities are the only institutions in America in which striking another person for the purpose of causing physical pain is legal,

WHEREAS, corporal punishment is humiliating and degrading to children and sometimes causes physical injury,

WHEREAS, it is difficult to imagine Jesus of Nazareth condoning any action that is intended to hurt children physically or psychologically,

WHEREAS, corporal punishment sends a message that hitting smaller and weaker people is acceptable,

WHEREAS, corporal punishment is used most often on poor children, minorities, children with disabilities, and boys,

WHEREAS, there are effective alternatives to corporal punishment that teach children to be self-disciplined rather than to submit out of fear,

WHEREAS, schools and child-care centers should inspire children to enjoy learning and school and child-care personnel should be able to encourage positive behavior without hitting children,

Therefore, be it resolved, that The United Methodist Church calls upon all states to enact laws prohibiting corporal punishment in schools and day and residential child-care facilities.

resolution #69, 2004 book of resolutions

See Social Principles, ¶ 162C.

From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.