When children do something wrong, the best thing to do is to teach them what is right from wrong, instead of shaming or hurting them. Many children still don’t understand why some things are against the law—and they should be taught in a less-violent manner if possible.
In this viral video, a teacher ‘paddles’ an innocent 5-year-old boy while his mother looked on. Apparently, the boy had 18 unexcused absences and as well as more than 20 incidences of “excessive tardiness”. Though this was obviously not the boy’s fault, he was still punished.
“They told me if he could not get a paddling he would have to be suspended and if he got suspended for even one day I WILL go to jail for truancy,” the mother said, adding, “I could not go to jail or my kids would have nothing.”
Truancy is any intentional unauthorized or illegal absence from compulsory education. It is absences caused by students of their own free will, and usually does not refer to legitimate “excused” absences, such as ones related to medical conditions. But according to the boy’s mom, his absences were actually medical-related, but she refused to expound on the matter.
According to local school rules, corporal punishment is permitted “as one of the consequences of behavior.” The school also says, “When corporal punishment is used, it is with parental consent. The district is investigating the incident and looking into its discipline policies at this time.”