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  • The Board of Education
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    (2012) HD Movie
    By Jared Abrams

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  • Dealing with Domestic Violence: Cure or Cover-up? By Jordan Riak, June 7, 2012

  • Corporal Punishment of Schoolchildren: Two Opposing Positions, Georgia lawmaker rejects comparison to slavery, January 2012

  • Pain Dealers PTAVE, 2012

  • PETITION TO AMAZON: Don't carry books that promote child abuse! By Milli Hill, Somerset, UK, 2011

  • H.R. 3027: Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act of 2011
    112th Congress: 2011-2012
    , From PTAVE, October 31, 2011

  • Letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry, From PTAVE, May 25, 2011

  • Open Letter to the Principal of a Paddling School, From PTAVE, April 28, 2011

  • Corporal Punishment of Schoolchildren: The Problem and the Cure, March 21, 2011

    N.Y. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's proposal to ban corporal punishment in U.S. schools is now being considered by U. S. House Committee on Education and Labor of which Rep. McCarthy is a member. Please show your support for this important reform by adding your name to the petition promoted by Click here, then scroll to"PETITION," and follow the instructions.

    223,190 Kids Legally Beaten in US Schools, By Anthony Adams, The Huffington Post, May 5, 2010

    Paddle & Shield, Tom Johnson's letter to the South Carolina Legislature, January 27, 2010

    Title IX Complaint Against Paddling States, PTAVE, February 6, 2010

    Title IX complaint alleges gender-based discrimination in TN paddling schools, October 14, 2009

    PTAVE's letter to state board of education members in states that allow corporal punishment in schools, and their responses, June 4 - July 15, 2009

    Teachers out of their element, By Jordan Riak, April 14, 2009

    An Open Letter to Tennesseans about Abuse of Schoolchildren From Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, March 26, 2009

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Report on Physical Punishment in the United States, Elizabeth T. Gershoff, PhD / Phoenix Children’s Hospital, March 17, 2009

    Being a parent is not a licence to hurt, By Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, New Europe, (Issue : 823), March 1, 2009

    Message to school board members in a district that allows paddling, By Jordan Riak, February 17, 2009

    A Violent Education, a report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union, February 2009 (Large PDF file. Allow time for download.)

    A letter to legislators in paddling states and to school board members in paddling districts

  • In July of 2008, PTAVE began e-mailing this letter to legislators who sit on education committees in states that allow disciplinary beating of schoolchildren. (There are 21 such states in the U.S. as of July 2008) The e-mailing will continue until every such legislator has received the letter. Readers wishing to forward this page or copy and share its contents with others are invited to do so.   J.R.

    NORTH CAROLINA - Disarming the paddlers

    Volunteering A message from J. Riak, April 2010.

    The sticker business A message from J. Riak, Jan. 2008

    Time to padlock paddle peddlers! A call for action from Susan Lawrence, September 25, 2007

    Advice to a student who asks: "How can we protect ourselves from corporal punishment at school?"

    School Spanking
    Teacher demonstrates correct method
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    Reasonable and Moderate:
    Variations on a theme

    By Jordan Riak

    Over the GW

    Must-See Indy Film Exposes Cruel Teen Correction Programs

    Read review by Maia Szalavitz, July 7, 2007
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    Ending legalized violence against children -- Global Report 2006, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children (Large PDF file. Allow download time.)
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  • Editorials opposing corporal punishment, 1871-2012 Publications: Vancouver Sun,, Scripps Howard News Service, Star-Ledger, Bangkok Post, The Charlotte Observer(3 editorials), Chattanooga Times - Free Press, Commercial Appeal(2 editorials), Daily News (Sri Lanka), The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Hankyoreh (Korea), Huntsville Times, Arkansas Times, The Jackson Sun, Kennebec Journal, The Lancet , The Manila Times, Memphis Flyer, Muskogee Phoenix, New York Times, The New Zealand Herald (2 editorials), News & Observer, Pacific Daily News (Guam), Post-Gazette, The Press (New Zealand), San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, Taiwan Journal, USA Today, Waterville Morning Sentinel, The Weekly Journal, Winston-Salem Journal

  • Hitting someone is never right, By John Ostwald, The Record, July 29, 2012

  • Presbyterian Church Rejects Spanking , By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 5, 2012

  • In reversal, House OKs corporal punishment limits, By Associated Press,, May 12, 2011

  • Bill to curtail paddling of Texas students rejected, By Dave Montgomery, Star-Telegram, May 11, 2011

  • Govt bans corporal punishment, Dhaka, Bangladesh,, April 26, 2011

  • DELAWARE DIARY – Whipping of prisoners was family affair, By Michael Morgan,, April 13, 2011

  • Violence does not teach, By Algernon D'Ammassa, The Deming Headlight, April 4, 2011

  • Editorial: Would Jesus beat a kid?, Keith Magill, Executive Editor,, March 26, 2011

  • Editorial: Time to end corporal punishment, By John M. Crisp, Scripps Howard News Service, March 21, 2011

  • FREE New Mexico's Children From the Paddle, An Open Letter to Governor Susana Martinez from Marc Ecko and the Unlimited Justice campaign, The Huffington Post, March 19, 2011

  • Act Now to Protect Schoolchildren in New Mexico, Urgent message from Michael Goldfield March 19, 2011

  • Bill outlawing corporal punishment in NM public schools goes to governor, By Milan Simonich, Santa Fe Bureau, El Paso Times, March 18, 2011

  • Teachers hitting kids? Yes, By Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, February 14, 2011

  • It's time to toss the trash, By Jordan Riak, December 2010

  • School Bullying: The Problem and the Cure, By Jordan Riak, October 10, 2010


  • Childhood Origins of Tyranny, By Mitch Hall, September 2010

  • An Arcane, Destructive – and Still Legal – Practice, By Deborah J. Vagins, The Huffington Post, June 30, 2010

  • Get serious about ending youth violence By Ed Wells, RRSTAR.COM Posted September 10, 2010

  • Spank Your Children Well, By Richard Latimer,, August 16, 2010

  • Why Primary Care Physicians Should Promote Nonviolence and Positive Child Discipline, By Madeleine Y. Gómez, Ph.D., July 2010

  • Teachers who Bully Students: Patterns and Policy Implications, By Alan McEvoy, Ph.D., Wittenberg University, 2005

  • "I've treated the ugly bruises and lesions" A letter from Dr. Ali Biswas MBBS, MD, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangaldesh, to The Independent, August 15, 2010

  • EDITORIAL – Ban on physical punishment in schools — Counselling and training of teachers may be necessary The Daily Star, Bangladesh, August 11, 2010

  • Corporal punishment, By Sir Frank Peters, Letter to The Daily Star, Bangladesh, August 1, 2010

  • End of an inhumane practice, By Dr. Ali Ullah, The New Nation, Dhaka, Bangladesh July 22, 2010

  • Bangladesh court orders end to corporal punishment in schools, By Julhas Alam (CP), The Canadian Press, July 20, 2010

  • Ban corporal punishment in all the schools, By Jennifer Hancock, Tampa Humanism & Freethought Examiner, July 18, 2010

  • Brazil president seeks legal ban on smacking, BBC, July 15, 2010

  • Corporal punishment is a blot on Bangladeshi society, By Sir Frank Peters, The Independent, Bangladesh, July 4, 2010

  • Harris County Texas Sends Strong Message to People Who Hit Kids, By Stacey Patton, The Defenders Online - A Civil Rights Blog of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund web site, June 25, 2010

  • Time to Ban Physical Punishment of Students in all Schools, By Stacey Patton, The Defenders Online - A Civil Rights Blog of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund web site, May 21, 2010

  • Time to Spare the Rod in Black Communities, By Stacey Patton, The Defenders Online - A Civil Rights Blog of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund web site, April 13, 2010

  • The origin and true purpose of the paddle (PDF), By George Ryley Scott, William H. Grier, Price M. Cobbs
    8.5 x 11, leaflet.

  • Lawsuit Aims to Put End to Paddling as Punishment in Mississippi Schools, By Elizabeth Humphrey,, February 26, 2010

  • Federal suit seeks ban on paddling in Miss., The Associated Press, The Clarion Ledger, February 22, 2010

  • Bathroom whupping' divides races: White woman claims she was fired for reporting spanking wins $200K , By Mary Mitchell, Sun-Times Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times; Letter to the Editor by Dr. Madeleine Y. Gómez, March 10, 2009

  • The Dirty Secret of Corporal Punishment, By C. C., Source: Lost Liberty Cafe at, February 25, 2009

  • Letter to Mom, By S.R., January 31, 2009

  • Bury the paddle -- Letter to The Fayetteville Observer, From Jordan Riak, September 4, 2008

  • Against Corporal Punishment --Letter to Sequoyah County Times, From Peggy Dean, September 2, 2008

  • Stop Physical Violence Against Children as a Form of Discipline in America's Public Schools, A Letter to President George W. Bush From George and Julie Worley, August 26, 2008

  • Letter to Public Schools of Robeson County Board Members, From The Reverend Dr. Thomas E. Sagendorf, September 2, 2008

  • Twenty good reasons to stop a bad practice, By Jordan Riak

  • MULE DAYS: A letter to 60 Paddling Districts in NC, By Peggy Dean, August 6, 2008

  • Spanking/Paddling and the Roots of Racism, PTAVE, July 2008

  • Obedience to authority, Letter to Jack's Newswatch, By Jordan Riak, July 18, 2008

  • The Sexual Factor, Letter to The Clarion-Ledger, By Jordan Riak, July 14, 2008

  • Paddlers' state of mind, By Jordan Riak, July 3, 2008

  • In search of the fine line, Letter to the Editor of Ottawa Citizen by Jordan Riak, June 28, 2008

  • The effects of spanking are obvious By Susan Larwrence, The Ottawa Citizen, June 23, 2008

  • Parental rights, Letter to the Editor of The Calgary Herald from Jordan Riak, June 23, 2008

  • Encounter in a parking lot, June 2008

  • What do I do?, A letter from Amber, June 7, 2008

  • Corporal punishment in schools: Is it good discipline or bad sex?, By Jordan Riak, October 2008

  • Letter to Education Department Heads in Paddling States, By Jordan Riak, May 27, 2008

  • Curbing Youth Violence, By Jordan Riak, May 2008

  • Shame on Arkansas, Guest Editorial, By Jordan Riak, Arkansas Times, April 3, 2008

  • The whip, the paddle, the hickory switch, Presentation, Feb. 23, 2008, Black History Month Celebration, San Mateo Public Library, by Jordan Riak

  • UK: Campaign to ban smacking, By Patrick Wintour, political editor (, The Guardian, February 15 2008

  • They let it die -- Deadline kills “anti-spanking” bill in state assembly, California Catholic Daily, February 7, 2008

  • Spare the rod, save a psyche, By Claire Gawinowicz, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 29, 2008

  • Belts equal violence, not discipline, By Richard Davis and Robert Heskett. Mr. Davis is president and Mr. Heskett executive director of Family Nonviolence, Inc. in Fairhaven.,, January 23, 2008

  • Europe is moving towards a total ban of domestic violence against children, Source: Council of Europe - Commissioner of Human Rights, January 22, 2008

  • Murder Case Tests Limits on Parents’ Right to Hit, By Andy Newman and Leslie Kaufman, The New York Times, January 20, 2008

  • NEW ZEALAND: Smacking prosecution fears misplaced, Children's Rights Information Network (CRIN), December 21, 2007

  • Spain bans parents from smacking children, Reporting by Ben Harding; Editing by Ibon Villelabeitia, Reuters, December 20, 2007

  • VENEZUELA: Second Latin American country to ban corporal punishment, Children's Rights Information Network (CRIN), December 20, 2007

  • CHILE: The Minister of Justice of the Government of Chile announces the prohibition of physical punishment as a method of correction for children, Children's Rights Information Network (CRIN), December 18, 2007

  • Dangerous Product Injures Children: Consumer Product Safety Commission looks at child safety with one eye shut, Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, August 2007
    WARNING - These images may be deeply disturbing to some viewers. Do not open this page if children are present.

  • Open Letter to the American Psychological Association, Coordinated by Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE)

  • Response to a critic, By Jordan Riak, October 6, 2007

  • We already have laws against child abuse, don't we?

  • Why I Like the Strong-Willed Child, By Norm Lee, August 2007

  • EDITORIAL: Close Columbia Training School By JFP Staff, Jackson free Press, June 13, 2007

  • FOX Television Stations, Inc. Gives Free Advertising to Maker of Product that Endangers Children By Jordan Riak, July 1, 2007

  • Spanking a child is an act of violence, By Nina Adel, Robertson County Times - TN, June 28, 2007

  • Bad advice from people who should know better, By David Cooperson, LCSW, ACSW, June 14, 2007


  • Teachers as bullies, Letter to The News & Observer (NC), from Gary Schaffer, May 31, 2007

  • Resolution to Reduce Violence by Refraining from Corporal Punishment of Children, Submitted to Boston City Council May 9, 2007

  • A Doctor's Bad Medicine, By Patrick Briody, April 2007

  • GOD TOLD HIM TO DO IT; Send a message to a paddlemaker, May, 2007

  • Reasonable and moderate? You decide.
    WARNING - This sound recording may be deeply disturbing to some listeners. Do not open this file if children are within listening range.


  • Handle With Care: The state continues to license a Midstate youth treatment facility where two have died and many others have been abused, By Elizabeth Ulrich, Nashville Scene, November 8, 2007



  • CALIFORNIA NO-SPANKING ASSEMBLY BILL 755: Failed bid to protect children from assault and battery

  • Reply to a spanker, By Jordan Riak, April 19, 2007

  • Australia funds $2.5m anti-smacking campaign, By AAP, The Australian, April 6, 2007

    Letter to PTAVE from Jeff Charles, February 13, 2007

  • Rape as punishment

  • Shocks From the System, By Maia Szalavitz, January 7, 2007

  • Stop paddling students; Lawmakers should ban corporal punishment statewide, EDITORIAL: The Charlotte Observer, January 4, 2007

  • Union County, N.C. Weighs Pupil-Beating, A letter from PTAVE to local area education policymakers and media, December 31, 2006

  • ARE PADDLING SCHOOLS SANCTUARIES FOR SEXUAL PREDATORS? A letter from PTAVE to education department heads in paddling states and their responses

  • Letter to writer John Balch of the Nashville Leader about the Murfreesboro school paddling incident, By Barbara Neff, November 22, 2006

  • Stop spanking kids: UN envoy Canada violates rights agreement by letting parents hit their children, Lewis tells forum, By Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist, November 21, 2006

  • Greece outlaws corporal punishment in the home, SOURCE:, November 2006

  • Letter to the Editor of the Muskogee Phoenix By Jordan Riak, November 14, 2006

  • A letter to promoters of "Teen Help", By Jordan Riak, November 2, 2006

  • Atty. J. Robert Sheppard, Jr.'s Letter to the Members of the Union County Board of Education, October 30, 2006

  • Dr. Robert Fathman's letter to Dr. Gil Kliman, October 27, 2006

  • Child abuse 'widespread', UN says, BBC News, October 12, 2006

  • PADDLING: A practice that belongs in the dark ages, A letter to the editor by The Rev. Thomas E. Sagendorf, September 27, 2006

  • Does PTAVE equate teachers to prostitutes, porn stars? September 18, 2006

  • Ask ten spankers, By Jordan Riak, November, 2001; Revised April 2006

  • 107 organizations call for an end to corporal punishment in schools of the United States, Open Letter to The President of the United States about the Civil Rights of Schoolchildren

  • Ex-Yorktown mom takes on N.C. schools over corporal punishment, By Brian J. Howard, The Journal News, September 14, 2006

  • Letter to Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, By Isabelle Allgood-Neal Member, PTAVE Board of Directors, Spetember 13, 2006

  • Letter to Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, By Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir., PTAVE, August 31, 2006
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  • In praise of spanking, Susan Lawrence's response to a defender of spanking, August 18, 2006

  • PTAVE's proposal to 272 U.S. Catholic Bishops, June, 2006


  • The Harlem Children's Zone; How One Man's Vision To Revitalize Harlem Starts With Children, 60 Minutes, CBS, May 14, 2006

  • ALL AFRICA SPECIAL REPORT, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, Save the Children Sweden, 2006

  • Hostile Mail, An e-mail to Laurie A. Couture, M.Ed, LMHC and her response, May 17, 2006

  • Peggy Dean's Letter to First Lady Laura Bush, April 26, 2006

  • COUNSELING OR ABUSE? Pastor causes bruises and welts to teen girl's buttocks [Four articles] May 2006

  • Protect Children in Chicago, May, 2006

  • Proposed Resolution to Protect Children, Arlington, Massachusetts, May, 2006

  • TOUGH LOVE QUACKERY: Maia Szalavitz's presentation to The Cato Foundation, April 20, 2006

  • Is Desoto County Board of Education asleep at the wheel?, Peggy Dean's Letter to the Editor of the Desoto Appeal , Submitted April 18, 2006

  • Getting a handle on unruly kids as easy as 1, 2, 3, By Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times, April 6, 2006

  • A letter to Dr. William C. Harrison, Superintendent, Cumberland County Schools, North Carolina, From Peggy Dean, March 30, 2006

  • Abusive treatment of children in the name of "Attachment Therapy", Laurie A. Couture's letter to a proponent of so-called AT, March 28, 2006

  • SPANKING: Theory & Practice; Myth & Reality, (Re: Convicted sex offender, ex-headmaster Terence Lynch) February 26, 2006

  • Is there a difference between spanking and abuse?, Corredspondence between B.R. and Jordan Riak, January 20, 2006

  • Peggy Dean's letter to the North Carolina State Board of Education, December 13, 2005

  • Ban Corporal Punishment North Carolina, October 2005

  • Why doesn't the law work to protect my child at school? By Yvette Smith, Antioch, California, August 2005

  • CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: An open letter to the Union County School Board, From John Erker, in the Enquirer Journal, Monroe, NC, September 18, 2005

  • Pseudotherapy Dangerous to Kids: An alert to NJASP officers, From Jean Mercer, Ph.D. and Linda Rosa, R.N., SOURCE: New Jersey School Psychologist, Fall 2002

  • Toxic Schools of Texas, By Jordan Riak, 2000

  • It's a bad lesson to teach our children, Speaking in support of H.B. 1617, California corporal punishment ban, Caroline Wean, Vice President and General Manager of KPIX-TV, 1985 (Allow download time for audio.)

  • DeSoto Parish School System is Unsafe for Children, June 5, 2005

  • Sue Nunn's letter to each member of the Pennsylvania House Education Committee and a response from Rep. Paul I. Clymer, February 2005

  • Dutton's All Wet On Spanking Bill, By Deana A. Pollard, Associate Professor of Law, Texas Southern University February 1, 2005

  • Sale of spanking tool points up larger issue , By Patricia Wen, Globe Staff, Boston Globe, January 10, 2005 and correspondence about "The Rod" between Dr. Teresa Whitehurst and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

  • Paddling in Texas -- Letter to the Editor, From Jeffrey L. Charles, The Paris News, December 26, 2004

  • Paddling in Texas -- Letter to the Editor, From Robert Fathman, Ph.D., The Paris News, December 22, 2004

  • Time to Get Serious, By Jordan Riak, December 22, 2004

  • CANADA: S-21, Proposed spanking ban legislation -- Correspondence between a grandparent and a senator, December 7 & 9, 2004

  • A Letter to The Ombudsman for Children and advice how to help bring about positive change for the children of France, By Olivier Maurel, France, November 30, 2004

  • Letter to School Board Members in Paddling Districts, By Jordan Riak, November 2004
    (Readers who would like to forward copies of this letter to their school board members, may use the PDF file at

  • Reply to a Christian conservative who claims to be living proof of spanking's benefits , By Jordan Riak, November 11, 2004

  • Protecting children, one city at a time

  • Press release: Apology for slavery issued by University of Alabama, but slavery-derived whippings still widespread

  • Our Work Against "The Rod" - A Call to Action , By Sue and Steve Lawrence

  • Corporal punishment of children: Think globally, act locally, Ron Goldman's article in the Brookline Tab, May 26, 2004, and his "Article 16," a proposal to the Town Meeting of Brookline Massachusetts.

  • Treatment of POW's versus schoolchildren, Letter to The Nashville City Paper from Tom Johnson, May 11. 2004

  • Letter to the Members of the Memphis School Board and Reply to Member Patrice Robinson, Jordan Riak, February 25, 2004

  • Letter About Child Abuse to Selected Arkansans and Their Responses, Jordan Riak, January 2004

  • Recall the rod!, By Susan Lawrence, December 2003

  • Canada Greens Want Repeal of Section 43, SOURCE: Green Party of Canada, Living Platform 2003

  • Presentation to the Sumner County Board of Education (Tennessee), By Tom Johnson, October 21, 2003

  • Letter to Taylor D. August, Director, Office for Civil Rights, Dallas, By Isabelle Allgood Neal, February 27, 2004

  • Presentation to the Beaumont (Texas) School Board, By Isabelle Allgood Neal, October 17, 2003

  • Dallas ISD Clings to Paddle, August 2003.

  • Now is the time to fix it! A project in which every thinking, caring person can, and should, participate. WARNING - The images on this page may be deeply disturbing to some viewers. They must not be viewed by children.

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  • A spanking debate, almost, Message to the NoSpankList, June 26, 2003

  • Riak's letter to Dallas Morning News re: "DISD may end paddling", June 18, 2003

  • A Dark Day for Children in Wyoming, By Jordan Riak, February 27, 2003

  • Letter from Jordan Riak to California Assembly Member Lois Wolk, March 31, 2003

  • Letter from Jordan Riak to the Galvestone County Daily News, March 30, 2003. This was prompted by "The spanking judge of Galveston County" which appeared in the Galveston Daily News of the same date.

  • Letter from Jordan Riak to Missouri Representative Shannon Cooper, about corporal punishment. Copies were sent to all members of both houses of the Missouri state legislature, March 15, 2003.

  • Letter from Jordan Riak to both houses of the Texas state legislature, about Rep. Harold Dutton's bill, HR 374, to remind parents that spanking is legal. Sent snailmail to all members of both houses of the Texas legislature, March 10, 2003.

  • Children Forgotten, By Dr. Colin P. Kerr, Pediatrician A letter to The Democrat, October 1, 1982, Winters, California

  • The duty to protect: Blackstone's doctrine of in loco parentis: A lens for viewing the sexual abuse of students, Todd A. DeMitchell, September 2, 2003

  • Schoolchildren forced to clean urine from bathroom floor, Letter to Project NoSpank, October 15, 2002

  • Paddling in Schools, Jordan Riak, New York Times, May 3, 2001

  • Montana: Three angry letters about abuse in the classroom and its coverup
    • Riak's letter of September 28, 1989 to Governor Stan Stephens,
    • Response to Riak from Marc Racicot, Attorney General of Montana and
    • A threatening letter to Riak from Chronister, Driscol & Moreen, Attorneys at Law, Helena, Montana

  • Rejected: A plan to protect children in California Correspondence with the California Department of Motor Vehicles concerning the placement of no-spanking notices in field offices, May and June 2002.

  • Mississippi, Shame on You!
    A letter to Mississippi lawmakers, education and health officials, May 7, 2002

  • Letter of encouragement to the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, May 21 & 22, 2002
    Response to the above letter from State Senator Allyson Y. Schwartz, 4th District, May 31, 2002

  • Child Abuser or Father of the Year? -- Reflections on the Soto Decision, By Jordan Riak, May 4, 2002

  • Corporal Punishment: A Shameful Exploitation of Age and Size, By Randy Cox, LCSW, April 23, 2002

  • Some Thoughts on the Dooley Verdict, By Richard van Abbe, April 19, 2002

  • Letter to Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Faye Taylor , April 12, 2002

  • Letter to Louisiana Legislators, April 11, 2002

  • Letter to Tennessee Legislators, April 10, 2002

  • Letter to Tennessee Governor Sundquist, April 5, 2002 and The Governor's reply of April 11, 2002

  • Letter from Dr. Kaye Manson Jeter, Legal Counsel, Tennessee Department of Education to Jordan Riak, April 16, 2002

  • Jordan Riak's reply to Dr. Kaye Manson Jeter, April 17, 2002

  • Jeff Charles' comments on the role of education department legal counsels in paddling states, April 18, 2002

  • The child pornography ring you won't hear about from John Ashcroft: Two news accounts and a commentary by Tom Johnson

  • Wyoming Legislature commits an anti-child act in broad daighlight!

  • Experts: Spanking harms children, especially girls, WOMENSENEWS, September 23, 2001

  • Open letter to Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women (NOW) From Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, February 1, 2002




  • TEEN BUSTING, By Armelle Vincent Arriola, June 2001

  • PUPIL MANAGEMENT IN TENNESSEE, 2001 Armed, ready and legal, a public school teacher whacks a child's pelvic area with a piece of wood.

  • TEACHER LIABILITY PROTECTION Everything you need to know about TLP that the government hasn't told you

  • OPEN LETTER OF WARNING TO EDUCATORS Man awarded $2.5 million for strapping

  • PARENTS BEWARE -- Schools or "youth training programs" that absolutely should be avoided, Compiled by Jordan Riak, June 2001

  • SHOULD PADDLING BE BANNED IN SCHOOLS?, By Dr. Ralph S. Welsh. A letter to the editor of, May 14, 2001

  • GOOD POLITICS, BAD LAW, Teacher Protection in Texas

  • BAN CORPORAL PUNISHMENT TEXAS, An open letter to members of the Texas Legislature

  • Offensive assault definition--What distinguishes caress from slap in the face?, By Bill Williamson, Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, March 3, 2000

  • AN UGLY EPISODE IN A MICHIGAN SCHOOL, An exchange of letters between Penny W______ and Jordan Riak, March 2001


  • WHO TEACHES THE PADDLERS AND WHAT DO THEY TEACH THEM? (A query to educators in the paddling states and their responses)

  • PROJECT DAYLIGHT (U.S. law- and policy-makers' and others' opinions of school corporal punishment in 2001)

  • Weasel words don't protect children, [Adobe PDF version], An analysis of Minnesota's pseudo-definition of child abuse, By Jordan Riak, December 2000

  • Notes from another planet, By Pat Briody, June 2000

  • Vilifying the scapegoad, then and now

  • It's a bad lesson to teach our children, Speaking in support of H.B. 1617, California corporal punishment ban, Caroline Wean, Vice President and General Manager of KPIX-TV, 1985 (Allow download time for audio.)

  • Future plans for Berkeley, California? Or your town?

  • Spanking, sex and Solomon

  • Deep are the roots, From Adolf Hitler, by John Toland (1976), pp 12-13

  • Famous spankees

  • For many more files like the above, see Jordan Riak -- letters, articles, etc. .

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