An Invitation to Participate
The Hitting Stops Here! & Project NoSpank

March 29, 2011

In 20 U.S. states, students are exposed to the risk of being legally battered on their pelvic region by weapon-wielding adults employed by the school. (See photos.) This behavior is rationalized as being in the children's best interests, being safe and happening only rarely.

Those assumptions are false.

Physical punishment of schoolchildren is unsafe and counterproductive. Not one accredited teacher-training institution in the U.S. recommends punishing students by hitting them, nor gives instruction to undergraduates in the proper method for doing it. Their only instruction on the topic is DON'T! No other advanced democratic nation allows this practice.

Here's what you can do as a concerned citizen to help bring all U.S. schools into the 21st Century.

The Plan - Let's fill the governors' mail boxes with good advice on our topic.

Instructions - Step 1: Load your printer with 8.5" x 11" cardstock. The message shown in the below box will print postcard size 4-to-a-page from this link: Print the page, cut it into 4 quarters and fill in the blanks. Step 2: Print the page you are looking at on bond paper, and cut the list of governors representing paddling states shown below into address labels to be pasted on the blank side of each postcard. These cards require 28˘ postage.

Urge your friends and colleagues to participate in this campaign. Gather the kids around the table after dinner and arm them with glue sticks.

As a U.S. citizen and resident of ________________________, I am writing to urge the immediate abolition of corporal punishment of children in the schools of your state. By “corporal punishment,” I mean the battering of a student's pelvic region with a wooden paddle. Such treatment serves no positive educational purpose. Moreover, it exposes the child to serious health risks, and exposes the involved institution to serious civil liability. When done to an adult, the same act constitutes felony assault with a dangerous weapon — a crime resulting in prison time for a convicted perpetrator. Corporal punishment has no support among acknowledged leaders in the fields of education and public health. The teacher's paddle should have been buried long ago alongside the field boss’s whip.




Governor Robert Bentley
State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130

The Honorable Jan Brewer
Governor of Arizona
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Governor Mike Beebe
State Capitol Room 250
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Governor John W Hickenlooper
136 State Capitol
Denver, Colorado 80203-1792

Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001

Governor Nathan Deal
The Office of the Governor
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

L.C. "Butch" Otter
Office of the Governor
State Capitol
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720

Governor Mitch Daniels
Office of the Governor
State House
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Governor Sam Brownback
Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave.,
Ste. 241S
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1590

Governor Steve Beshear
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 100
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Governor Bobby Jindal
Office of the Governor
PO Box 94004
Baton Rouge, Louisianna 70804

Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139
Jackson, Mississippi 39205

Governor Jay Nixon
Office of Governor
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

Governor Susana Martinez
Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 400
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Governor Bev Perdue
Office of the Governor
Constituent Services Office
116 West Jones Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

Governor Mary Fallin
Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

Governor Nikki Haley
Office of the Governor
1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Governor Bill Haslam
1st Floor, State Capitol
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Governor Matt Mead
State Capitol
200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002-0010

The Hitting Stops Here!
Project NoSpank

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