1. “Culture War” Propaganda that Supports Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse
2. School Beatings in the News “Parental “Support” (as long as they remain ignorant)
3. Paddling: “Out of Control” Pseudo Science
4. Paddling Brutality and Injuries
5. Reasons for Paddling
6. Can We Justify Child and Adolescent abuse?
7. Does Paddling Do Any Good?
·Short term “gain” verses long term harm—which is the more important issue for education?
·Prostituting Our Children to Lower Our Taxes?
·Does paddling do anything good?
·National academic comparison of paddling states verses non-paddling states
·On to College Rates—High Paddling States tend to be Ignorant States
·Individual Schools Within the Same State— Again, Paddling Schools the Most Ignoran
·Does Paddling Reduce Smoking Rates (Or Increase them?)
·Does paddling help reduce divorce rates, have no effect, or does it increase divorce?
·Paddling, “zero tolerance” and school shootings
·FBI report on the real causes for school shootings
·Warnings preceded school killings, study shows
·Jonesboro shooter paddled the day before?
·Arkansas’ dark paddling secrets?
·Guns, Paddling, and Youth Violence
·The “death of the paddler” connection 2: Paddled Georgia Child Kills Principal
·SCLC plans to probe stabbing death of principal in Barrow
·Paddling and Killing
8. The Phallic Paddle
9. Padding in the Digital Age: “Bringing Back the ‘Good Old Days?’”
10. “Did Jesus Teach "School Paddling?”
11. Other Religious Views
12. Lifetime Sexual and Psychological Damage for Victims and Witnesses
13. Sadism: a Job Hazard for Paddlers
14. School Paddling as Sexual Harassment
Smoking is sadly one of the common things that high school students, even legal adults, are paddled for in paddling states. We’ve heard many stories where adult 18-year-old women, who were model students and had never been in any trouble at any other time, were caught smoking and were paddled by men, often in extremely severe and perverse ways. In two incidents such women were “gang-bang” paddled by several men taking turns on them, and there were many improper sexual comments made.
But in spite of the exploitation and sadism in paddling, and in spite of the fact that paddling states have higher smoking rates on average, we can nonetheless play the devil’s advocate for the moment and pretend that paddling did reduce smoking. We can then consider whether the sex abuse and physical brutality in paddling might be “justified” if it did reduce smoking. In reality it is far more likely that the child physical and sexual abuse itself encourages more self-destructive and addictive behaviors of all types, including smoking, but we’ll pretend the opposite is true for the sake of discussion.
Perhaps, if physical health is our only concern, and we ignore sexual and psychological health, then under the same reasoning, children should also be brutally paddled for eating too much chocolate cake, as heart attacks are a leading cause of death in the US. We won’t try to carry the “paddle logic” to places it doesn’t already exist, however. We’ll just try to “defend the paddle” as a cancer prevention method and see where it “logically” goes.
Although it is very common in paddling schools to paddle kids for smoking it is nonetheless not treated as anything more serious than a second or third dress code violation or tardy in most paddling schools. Its torturous treatment only occurs because these schools routinely torture and abuse children for a myriad of other very trivial concerns, of which smoking is just one. Thus when you paddle children and adolescents for anything and everything, smoking will not be seen as any more morally “bad” than wearing a skirt a bit too short, or having a shirt tail untucked. The paddlings are the same for each. Smoking, in fact, is seldom even the most serious offense students are routinely paddled for. In at least one school there are more swats for a first offense of a cell phone going off in a teen girl’s purse (5 swats), or for going to school more than 5 minutes tardy, which counts as a “skip” (5 swats), than there are for a first offense of smoking (3 swats). Smoking isn’t, in fact, taken any more seriously than talking in class would be. The students are often given three swats for a first offense, and maybe five for a 2nd offense. One set of beautiful women we’ve heard from was given 6 hard swats apiece from 3 men taking turns with “gang bang” paddling on all three of them for a first smoking violation, but that was an exception to most schools.
The paddling rate for almost any reason, as always, ratchets up a notch when you get to the pretty cheerleaders—who often are more severely punished than male athletes for just about any reason. Many male paddlers and witnesses don’t even bother hiding their sexual glee with jokes and excited chatter whenever a cheerleader is in the “paddle office.” Cheerleaders are given more swats, by the typically male assistant principals who act as hitters and witnesses, simply because they are cheerleaders. They are often offered the chance to “take more swats” to be able to stay on the team.
One 18-year-old cheerleader we interviewed received 8 swats for a first smoking offense. It was, indeed, her first offense of any kind at the school, just a couple of months before graduation. The high number was ratcheted up from the “standard three” by being doubled to six because she was a cheerleader, and “a couple of more” were zealously added because she said she didn’t think that was fair. If she was not a cheerleader, she would have received “only” 3 swats from the men. She said her paddling, dished out by three laughing, joking men taking turns, had a terrible effect on her self-confidence. It hurt her deeply in unspeakable ways that she will live with the rest of her life.
The paddler’s rather transparently false rationale for ratcheting up “extra spanks for cheerleaders” was that since they are cheerleaders, the men really have to “bust their asses extra hard” so they’ll “set an example for the schools.” Supposedly we must believe that all of the teens in these schools look up to cheerleaders, far more than to athletes, for their day-to-day decisions on whether to smoke or not. We are led to imagine that if cheerleaders did not get extra hard and long paddlings for smoking, that all of the kids in school would smoke more. Because these overwhelming moral role-models smoked, then everyone else would smoke too, and if the sexy cheerleaders get very long and hard paddlings for smoking, then everyone else will quit.
Chapter 7: Does Paddling Do Any Good?