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December 16, 2011

  1. The Ability to Love Takes Root in Earliest Infancy, Source: Association for Psychological Science, December 14, 2011
  2. 40 years old but 100 years young, By Foisal Chowdhury, New Age, Dhaka, December 11, 2011

November 29, 2011

  1. PETITION TO AMAZON: Don't carry books that promote child abuse!, By Milli Hill, Somerset, UK, 2011
  2. Pair face life in girl's 'training' death, November 28, 2011
  3. Beating Babies in the Name of Jesus? The Shady World of Right-Wing "Discipline" Guides, By Frank Schaeffer, AlterNet | Report, November 8, 2011
  4. H.R. 3027 Last Call! Time is running out. November 29, 2011
  5. The Facts about Spanking, Stefan Molyneux, August 28, 2011
  6. Editorial: Judge who beat teen should know better, Chicago Sun-Times, November 7, 2011 Chicago Sun-Times, November 7, 2011
  7. US judge who beat daughter with belt suspended, By Kevin Dolak, ABC News - The Nation, November 23, 2011

November 5, 2011

  1. Judge William Adams Caught Beating Daughter on Video, International Business Times — US, November 2, 2011
  2. Video prompts investigation of child abuse at youth boot camp, New York Daily News, By The Associated Press, October 29, 2011

  • November 2, 2011
    LIST MEMBERS, This is an urgent call to action. Let's not let another year drift by while paddlers continue swinging their sticks. Please share this message with friends and colleagues on your mailing lists. See H.R. 3027: Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act of 2011 , Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir., PTAVE

  • October 26, 2011
    1) Child abuse ruling in the NSW Supreme Court ups pressure for legal reform, By Ean Higgins, The Australian, October 24, 2011
    2) Lawyer warns on Muslim faith school child abuse, By Pat Hurst, The Independent (London), October 23, 2011
    3) Mom beat son with cricket bat, By Jon Leu, WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE, Omaha World-Herald, October 22, 2011
    4) Violence behind closed doors is harder to identify, By James Neal, Staff Writer, Enid News and Eagle, October 22, 2011
    5) Cousin says she called CPS about Jhessye Shockley, By Laurie Roberts, The Arizona Republic, October 22, 2011
    6) Two bad behaviors, PTAVE, January 11, 2011

  • October 20, 2011
    Behind closed doors: America's child death shame, BBC

  • October 18, 2011
    Please make a pledge in support of this worthy idea

  • October 13, 2011
      1) Man arrested for beating video, Editorial, CNN
      2) Man charged in toddler death,
      3) Spanking 1-year-olds is common in depressed dads, The Associated Press

  • October 11, 2011
      1) Our View: Educate parents about value of nonviolent discipline, Editorial, The Standard-Times
      2) EXCERPT: 'The Better Angels of Our Nature', By Steven Pinker, New York Times

  • October 1, 2011
      1) URGENT NOTICE: Support needed for Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's The Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act, H.R. 3027
      2) This hurts me more than it hurts you, Great work, Nadine Block and Madeleine Gomez! And many, many thanks to the children who contributed their artwork and unique words to make this book a reality.
      3) Inhumane treatment: For falling ill, teacher thrashes student

  • September 21, 2011
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bill Banning Corporal Punishment in Schools To Be Introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy

  • September 16, 2011
      1) Let's Act on the Evidence, By Jordan Riak
      2) The Debate on Spanking is Dead, By James C. Talbot

  • September 2, 2011
      1) Violence in Macon
      2) UnGodly Discipline

  • August 16, 2011
      1) Girl spanked to death in the name of God, By Gary Tuchman, "Anderson Copper 360," CNN
      2) The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners calls for the elimination of corporal punishment of children in the home, in schools and in all other settings, PNP Statement
      3) House passes anti-spanking bill, By Angelo L. Gutierrez, The Philippine Star
      4) Corporal Punishment in Schools and its Effect on Academic Success, Donald E. Greydanus, MD, Pediatrics Program Director at the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, testifies at a hearing about corporal punishment. Source: EdLaborDemocrats.

  • June 15, 2011
      1) Hard Discipline: A Grand Old Tradition at St. Augustine High School, New Orleans, PTAVE, June 14, 2011
      2) Vow on cane code, By Our Legal Reporter, The Daily Telegraph, Calcutta, India, June 14, 2011

  • June 12, 2011
      1) Truth or Illusion?, Afterword to the Second Edition (1984) of For Your Own Good, By Alice Miller
      2) A Dozier boy’s nightmares, By Robert W. Straley, Special to the St. Petersburg Times, June 12, 2011
      3) Don't spank or scream: Tips for taming kids, By Cheryl Tierney, SOURCE:, June 10, 2011
      4) Jimmy Dunne comments on Global Summit, June 9, 2011
      5)Shackling Students: Why is One Mississippi School Handcuffing Bad Kids to Poles?, SOURCE:, June 9, 2011
      6) The Medical Minute: Unruly kids? Don't spank or scream, By Cheryl Tierney, PennState Live, June 9, 2011
      7) Boy Beaten With Belt, Parents Charged, SOURCE:, June 8, 2011
      8) Are Spankings Harmless or Akin to Assault?, By Jackie Jones, June 8, 2011
      9) GCSO: Mother Lied To Cover-Up Boyfriend Killing Baby — U.S. Marshals Arrested Georgia Ann Sprouse, SOURCE:, June 8, 2011
      10) SMU Calls in Experts for Global Summit Calling For a Ban on Corporal Punishment, By Leslie Minora, SOURCE:, June 3, 2011
      11) Man Accused Of Suffocating 1-Year-Old, SOURCE:, June 3, 2011
      12) Robin Pagoria, Florida sheriff's deputy, busted for spanking girls and making porn films: cops, By Rick Shapiro, Daily News, May 27, 2011

    May 14, 2011


  • No spanking over parents' wishes, By Editorial Board,, Texas, May 13, 2011

  • EDITORIAL — Corporal Punishment Must Stop... for all our sakes, By Sir Frank Peters, New Age, Bangladesh, May 6, 2011

  • EDITORIAL — Corporal punishment is unethical, By Shafiqul Alam, The Financial Express, Bangladesh, May 4, 2011

    May 13, 2011

  • 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

    April 7, 2011

    Thank You New Mexico For Banning Corporal Punishment in Schools, By Marc Ecko, Huffington Post, April 7, 2011

    Spanking is the second mistake, By Leslie Cabarga, Ventura County Online, April 7, 2011

    Hon. George Miller Introduces Legislation to Protect Students in School from Harmful Abuse, April 6, 2011

    Martinez signs anti-paddling bill, By Milan Simonich, Santa Fe Bureau, Alamogordo Daily News, April 6, 2011

    Lufkin ISD reacts to paddling incident at Brookhollow Elementary, By Morgan Thomas, KTRE, April 5, 2011

    April 6, 2011


    KOAT-TV, the ABC affil is running a poll on their homepage. PLEASE ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORKS to go to and vote NO to their poll question: "Should spanking be allowed in New Mexico schools?" It's on the second column on the left, 3rd item from the top. Right now, the count is 655 opposed to pupil beating, and 384 in favor. Let's push the oppose vote up where it belongs: right through the ceiling! Log on now, and vote NO!

    The NoSpank Team!

    April 4, 2011

    VIDEO: GOOD MORNING AMERICA/New Mexico Governor yet to sign Legislation to End School Paddling of Children/Rally April 5th April 3, 2011

    School child abuse, By Salon Premium Member: blwpyrtvx,, April 3, 2011

    EDITORIAL: Spare the rod, please, By Walter Rubel,, Sun-News, April 3, 2011

    Schools Under Pressure to Spare the Rod Forever, By Dan Frosch, The New York Times, March 29, 2011

    Wisconsin Church Members Charged With Abusing Infants, By Lisa Holewa, Contributor,, March 26, 2011

    April 2, 2011

    Please call or message Gov. Martinez at and encourage her to sign the bill on her desk which will end corporal punishment of schoolchildren in New Mexico. The state legislature did its part by passing HB 172, but now the Governor needs to do her part by signing it into law. CALL TODAY!
    Please read this flyer and visit
    The NoSpank Team

    April 1, 2011 An Invitation from Al Crowell:
    June 2-4 Dallas Summit to End CP
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    March 31, 2011

    Immediate action needed! This pledge needs your signature and thousands more! This will only take a minute and could hasten the end of school corporal punishment in U.S. schools. Click or copy/paste:

    March 29, 2011

    1. An Invitation to Participate with The Hitting Stops Here! & Project NoSpank, March 29, 2011

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

    3. FIJI - Definite no to corporal punishment, By Samisoni Nabilivalu, The Fiji Times Online, March 26, 2011

    4. Resolution to Encourage The Elimination of Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, By The NLGA (National Lt. Governors Assoc.), March 25, 2011

    5. PHILIPPINES - Anti-spanking bill passes first hurdle in House, By, March 25, 2011

    March 23, 2011

    1. Corporal Punishment of Schoolchildren: The Problem and the Cure, By Jordan Riak, March 21, 2011

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

    3. 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

    March 20, 2011

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

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

    October 13, 2010

    1. School Bullying: The Problem and the Cure

    2. Folsom Experiment

    October 4, 2010

    Dear Friend,

    I'm writing to you because you have either expressed support for the goals of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE), or have requested a copy of our booklet, Plain Talk about Spanking. Today we need your help.

    In 1992, PTAVE began offering free copies of Plain Talk about Spanking to parents, educators, health-care professionals, and others in a child-related fields. Since then, the booklet's message promoting violence-free treatment of children has reached tens of thousands of readers throughout the world, and we are sure it has worked to protected countless children from abuse.

    We wish to continue offering Plain Talk. Unfortunately, our current supply is nearly exhausted, and we do not have the funds to cover the cost of reprinting.

    We urgently need your support in the form of a contribution so we can replenish our inventory. Our usual print run consists of 10,000 booklets.

    Please send whatever you can afford, whether it's fifty dollars or five dollars. I promise you that your tax-deductible gift will make a vital difference in some child's life.

    Please make your check payable to PTAVE and mail it to PTAVE, P.O. Box 1033, Alamo, CA 94507, or use our PayPal account, which you will find linked from All contributions will be acknowledged.

    If you haven't seen the current edition of Plain Talk, click here:

    Thank you in advance for your belief in our cause and for your support.

    Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir.

    Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE); P.O. Box 1033, Alamo, CA 94507
    Tel: 925-831-1661; On the Web at

    September 28, 2010

    1. Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child? Excessive Punishment Can Have Lasting Psychological Impact on Children, Researchers Say, ScienceDaily, September 22, 2010

    2. In praise of a teacher, Letter to the Editor of New Age, Dhaka, Bangladesh, By Shabnaz Ullah, September 22, 2010

    3. Corporal punishment teaches hate, Letter to the Editor of New Age, Dhaka, Bangladesh, By Shakul Ali, September 17, 2010

    4. CPS finds abuse...eventually, By Laurie Roberts, Columnist, The Arizona Republic, September 15, 2010

    5. Attempted paddling leaves kid's arm in a sling, By Tyana Williams,, September 14, 2010

    6. Man arrested for using BB gun on boy,, September 13, 2010

    7. Man, 39, arrested for alleged child abuse, By Sheboygan Press Staff,, September 13, 2010

    September 26, 2010

    September 15, 2010

    September 12, 2010

    September 10, 2010

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

    2. Paedophile could face large compensation claim,, September 8, 2010

    3. Special offer to our readers from PTAVE

    September 4, 2010

    1. Strict disciplinarian or something else? Headmaster faces jail for years of abusing students., September 3, 2010

    2. AFRICA: Children appeal to governments to end Violence Against Children (VAC), September 2, 2010

    3. Special offer to our readers from PTAVE

    September 2, 2010

    1. Kenya’s new Constitution prohibits all corporal punishment
      SOURCE:, September 2, 2010

    2. Congratulations, Bangladesh!
      Letter to the Editor of The Independent, from Jordan Riak, September 1, 2010

    3. Corporal punishment at hagwon to be banned
      By Kang Shin-who, The Korea Times, August 31, 2010

    4. INDIA: Banning corporal punishment in CBSE affilated schools, August 30, 2010

    5. Nanny Guilty Of Abuse Gets 8 Years — Jeannie Campbell Faced Up To 15 Years In Prison,, August 27, 2010

    6. Abolition of corporal punishment
      A letter to the Editor of Holiday from Dr. Ali Biswas, MBBS, MD Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangaldesh, August 27, 2010

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

    8. Special offer to our readers from PTAVE

    August 28, 2010

    1. Spanking remains a popular form of discipline, By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, WRAL.COM, NC, August 24, 2010

    2. Parents Who Clash More Likely to Spank Kids — Corporal punishment of 3-year-olds twice as likely in these homes, study says, By Serena Gordon, HealthDay Reporter, HealthDay News, August 23, 2010

    3. Should U.S. ban paddling school kids?, By Daniel McBride, Staff Writer,, Louisiana, August 23, 2010

    4. Corporal punishment of children remains common worldwide, UNC studies find, UNC School of Medicine, Filed under: Announcement, Research, August 9, 2010

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

    August 22, 2010

  • Corporal punishment ban - Schools should better respect children’s rights, Editorial, The Korea Times, August 22, 2010

  • Children's corporal punishment must be abolished, By Dr. Sorif Khan, Letter to the Editor, Holiday, Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 20, 2010

  • Couple Accused Of Telling Toddler To Hurt Herself, WMUR 9 - New Hampshire,, August 19, 2010

  • Mother and Boyfriend Charged for Spanking Kids with Board with Staples in it, By KSPR News, August 19, 2010

  • Southwest attendant takes baby after slap from mother, By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, August 18, 2010

  • Couple accused of abusing child to appear in court, By Emily Burton, Richmond Register, KY, August 18, 2010

  • Mother speaks out about son's abuse at TX state school, By Terri Gruca, KVUE News, TX, August 17, 2010

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

  • "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

    August 10, 2010

    1. Teacher beats students with burning firewood, The Times of India, August 10, 2010

    2. Bangladesh bans corporal punishment in all schools, By Anbarasan Ethirajan, BBC News, Dhaka, August 9, 2010

    3. TIME-OUT OR TORTURE? Sex offender put kids 'through hell' in time-out room, By Clio Francis, Sunday Star Times, August, 8, 2010

    4. The benefits(?) of spanking, A letter to PTAVE form J. T. S. of Texas, August 5, 2010

    5. Teacher Charged With Sex Assault, Accused of Spanking Student,, July 30, 2010

    6. The Odds in Black and Blue: Corporal Punishment in US Schools, Posted By: Kate McGovern,, July 27, 2010

    July 22, 2010

    1. Tunisian law bans spanking of children, By AFP, The Sydney Morning Herald, July 22, 2010

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

    3. Police: Dead toddler had signs of trauma, By Ashley Kelly, Newport News, July 21, 2010

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

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


    By Jordan Riak

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    "When will our consciences grow so tender
    that we will act to prevent human misery
    rather than avenge it?" — Eleanor Roosevelt

    July 21, 2010

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

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


    By Jordan Riak

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    "When will our consciences grow so tender
    that we will act to prevent human misery
    rather than avenge it?" — Eleanor Roosevelt

    July 17, 2010

    1. Former school bus driver/spanker to appear in court on molestation charge, By Tom McLaughlin, Daily News July 16, 2010

    2. Soon, beating your child could land you in jail, By Himanshi Dhawan, TNN, The Times of India, Jully 16, 2010,

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

    4. Brazil Government Wants to Ban Corporal Punishment of Kids , Latin American Herald Tribune, July 14, 2010

    5. Father charged in east Houston beating death of son, By Anita Hassan, July 12, 2010

    6. Lawsuits Protecting Students, By, July 12, 2010

    7. Myanmar troops seize vulnerable boys for tough army life, By Rachel O'Brien, AFP July 11, 2010

    8. "Wouldn't hold still" — Charges filed in death of "whooped" 5-year-old Julian Soliz,, July 2, 2010

    9. Enterprise day care shut down by state following allegations of abuse, By Tim Unruh, Salina Journal, June 25, 2010

    10. La Martiniere bans corporal punishment after student's suicide The Times of India, June 18, 2010


    By Jordan Riak

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    "When will our consciences grow so tender
    that we will act to prevent human misery
    rather than avenge it?" — Eleanor Roosevelt

    July 7, 2010

    1. Day Care Center Shut Down Over Spanking And Cursing, Metro Source News, July 7, 2010
      Click here to read.

    2. Spankings can turn easily into abuse, By Greg Sagan,, July 6, 2010
      Click here to read.

    3. Court Rules for Teacher in Student Abuse Case, By Annie Youderian, Courthouse News Service, July 6, 2010
      Click here to read.

    4. Ending Corporal Punishment Act —
      An Important Step Since ‘Brown v. Board of Education,’ By Stacey Patton, July 2, 2010
      Click here to read.

    If you want to join the campaign to protect children, please click here and follow the directions.

    June 29, 2010

    Three articles by Stacey Patton

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

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

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

    May 8, 2010

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

    March, 2010

    1. State Bar releases Thomas reports — Found his testimony "untruthful," By Bob Grip,, March 12, 2010. Click here to read.

    2. State Lawmakers Consider Corporal Punishment Policy, North Carolina News Network, By Josh Ellis/David Horn, March 12, 2010. Click here to read.

    3. A TIMES EDITORIAL — Legislature should fix Dozier School for Boys or shut it now, St. Petersburg Times, March, 10, 2010. Click here to read.

    4. Plainfield school accused of food denial, using ‘jail cell’, By Emily Groves, Norwich Bulletin, March, 6, 2010. Click here to read.

    March 4, 2010

    1. Lawsuit Aims to Put End to Paddling as Punishment in Mississippi Schools, By Elizabeth Humphrey, February 26, 2010. Click here to read.

    2. Beating death draws national attention, By Elizabeth De Alwis - MediaNews Group, February 25, 2010. Click here to read.

    3. Dad Says Teacher Held Girl's Head Underwater – Wants Teacher Fired,, February 24, 2010. Click here to read.

    4. Autistic child, age 6, facing felony assault charges following physical restraint By Heather Sedlock, Special Needs Kids Examiner, February 24, 2010. Click here to read.

    5. History of Violence: Christian boarding schools and the March 10 trial of Jack Patterson By Akopsa, The Seminal, February 23, 2010. Click here to read.

    6. The Fishy Nature of Things, By Rob Holbert, Lagniappe, Issue #198, February 23, 2010. Click here to read.

    7. Godly discipline turned deadly — A controversial child "training" practice comes under fire – this time from Christians themselves By Lynn Harris,, February 22, 2010 . Click here to read.

    8. Federal suit seeks ban on paddling in Miss., The Associated Press, The Clarion Ledger, February 22, 2010. Click here to read.

    February 14, 2010

    1. To spank or not to spank: What does Texas law say? Reported by Jaie Avila,, February 13, 2010. Click here to read.

    2. Family of boy strangled at Tenn. center settles suit for $10.5 million, By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 12, 2010. Click here to read.

    3. DA: Deadly Child Abuse Case Linked To "Biblical Chastisement", Reported by: Owen Clark,, February 12, 2010. Click here to read.

    4. Mother files abuse complaint against daycare teacher, Reported by: Janet Kwak,, February 12, 2010. Click here to read.

    5. Man accused of leaving bruises on his daughter faces preliminary, Sequoyah County Times, February 1, 2010. Click here to read.

    6. Abuse in Juvenile Detention Rampant, Says Expert; Be smart on crime, not tough on crime, By Mary Silver, Staff, Epoch Times, January 29, 2010. Click here to read.

    7. Oregon child welfare officials repeatedly failed girl who was murdered, By Susan Goldsmith, The Oregonian, January 27, 2010. Click here to read.

    8. Restraint and abuse: Time to get information out before more kids die, By Patti Hartigan,True/Slant, January 27, 2010. Click here to read.

    February 10, 2010

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Title IX Complaint Against Paddling States

    a) The complaint

    b) Press release

    January 28, 2010

    Our advice to South Carolina legislators is unambiguous: child abuse prevention laws have come into existence for a very good reason. They should be improved, not weakened. They should be respected, not scoffed at. No evasions. No exemptions. No excuses. For the full story, read Tom Johnson's "Paddle & Shield" at

    January 2010

    (Herman Thomas verdict notwithstanding)

    PTAVE is proud to announce its first full-page advertisement in a major city newspaper. The ad will appear in the January 13th print edition of The Lagniappe in Mobile, Alabama ( and may be previewed at (printer-friendly version at

    We are hopeful that its pointed discussion of the Herman Thomas case (which is ranked #2 in a list of top local news stories of 2009 by the daily Mobile Press-Register), along with its invitation to Project NoSpank, will serve to spark discussion and educate thousands of people in one of the most pro-corporal punishment states in the union.

    Special thanks to everyone who contributed generously toward the cost of placing this advertisement! We would also like to remind others who planned to help support this project that total donations received thus far don't cover the cost. Your modest gift at this time will help defray the shortfall absorbed by board member Tom Johnson. To make your donation, please go to this page: Remember to earmark your gift, "Mobile project."

    November 13, 2009

    Please read "Sowing the seeds of sadomasochism," by Jordan Riak at

    October 30, 2009

    1. "Title IX complaint alleges gender-based discrimination in TN paddling schools," October 14, 2009 Click to read.
    2. "Still spanking?" By Adam McAlpin The Student Printz - The University of Southern Mississippi, October 27, 2009 Click to read.
    3. "Ala. judge cleared of sex abuse in inmate spanking," By Philip Rawls, Associated Press Writer October 26, 2009 and "District Attorney Says Herman Thomas Case Is Not Over," By Jessica Taloney, News, October 27, 2009 Click to read.

    October 16, 2009

    A message to professionals in child-related fields:

    I am delighted to announce the availability on our Web site of Olivier Maurel's Spanking - Questions and answers about disciplinary violence. I am confident that this book ranks among the most important on its subject. It is thorough, authoritative and readable. And Tom Johnson's translation to English from the original French is superb. Click on and judge for yourself.

    Please forward this message to colleagues.

    Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir., Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE); P.O. Box 1033, Alamo, CA 94507; Tel: 925-831-1661; On the Web at

    If you prefer not to receive our correspondence, reply with "unsubscribe" in the subject box or message area of your email, and we'll remove your email address from the PTAVE List.
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    July 26, 2009

    1. Putting away the paddle, Editorial, Toledo Blade, July 23, 2009

    2. Silent Victims,, July 21 & July 22, 2009

    3. U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report Finds Hundreds of Allegations of Abusive and Deadly Uses of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools, May 19, 2009

    July 16, 2009

    1. NO MORE BLACK AND BLUE DAYS FOR OHIO SCHOOL CHILDREN, Message from Nadine Block, Executive Director of the Center for Effective Discipline and consultant to the National Child Protection Training Center, July 14, 2009

    2. 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

    June 30, 2009

    1. FREE FROM LIES: Discovering Your True Needs
      Translated by Andrew Jenkins
      W.W. Norton & Co, Inc.
      Publication Date: June 29, 2009

    2. A new report released by Phoenix Children's Hospital in collaboration with researcher ELIZABETH T. GERSHOFF, PH.D of the University of Michigan concludes that there is little evidence that physical punishment improves children's behavior in the long-term. Rather, the report cites substantial evidence that physical punishment puts children at risk for negative outcomes such as increased aggression and mental health problems. READ REPORT: Report on Physical Punishment in the United States: What Research Tells Us About Its Effects on Children


    June 23, 2009

    IRELAND: We forced Christian behaviour into Catholic schools: Far from doing nothing, it was the people who stopped corporal punishment, By Dr. Cyril Daly,, June 21, 2009
    Click here:

    June 19, 2009

    Father jailed for killing 7-yr-old son
    Click here

    The hard truth behind corporal punishment
    Click here

    June 9, 2009

    Boot Camp Hearings: Greg Kutz, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Special Investigations, Govt. Accountability Office testifies to the Committee on Education and Labor about death and child abuse in "residential treatment" programs.

    1. View Video A here:

    2. View Video B here:

    June 7, 2009

    1. Ireland: The church scandal becomes a national disgrace, The Week Magazine, June 5, 2009
      Click on:

    2. A Century of Looking the Other Way, By John Banville, Op-Ed, The New York Times, May 22, 2009
      Click on:

    3. CBS News report on corporal punishment in Chicago schools, February 11, 2009
      Click on:

    May 5, 2009

    Sex offenders play on a child's need for affection
    By Paula LeDoux-Christison, The Reporter, Vacaville, CA , April 14, 2009
    Including three readers' responses
    Click on:

    May 1, 2009

    1. Getting The Royal Runaround, By Jordan Riak, April 25, 2009

    2. Teachers out of their element, By Jordan Riak, April 19, 2009

    3. Poor practice persists, EDITORIAL, Memphis Commercial Appeal, April 14, 2009

    April 21, 2009

    An important message to users of "Plain Talk about Spanking."
    Click here:

    1. 109 Years of Child Abuse at the Florida School for Boys
      Now Known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys
      A Special Report to Saint Petersburg Times, April 19, 2009
      Click link to read:

    2. An Oregon School for Troubled Teens Is Under Scrutiny
      By Maia Szalavitz, Time, April 17, 2009
      Click link to read:

    April 19, 2009

    1. INDIA - Girl punished by teacher dies, Deccan Herald, April 18, 2009

    2. TENNESSEE - Child protection needs our best efforts: To have a child welfare system that is good for the children, we need to do a few things differently., By Jerome L. Blakemore, Special to The Commercial Appeal, April 15, 2009

    3. TENNESSEE - Poor practice persists, EDITORIAL, Commercial Appeal, April 14, 2009

    4. NEW JERSEY - Death spurs new doubts about DYFS -- Tragedy followed $1B child welfare overhaul BY Susan K. Livio, Star-Ledger Staff, Star-Ledger, April 13, 2009

    5. NEW JERSEY - 9-year-old's death was preventable, EDITORIAL, Courier Post, April 5, 2009

    April 13, 2009

    Corporal Punishment Opponent, Anthony David Adams of, will be on FOXNEWS.COM's STRATEGY ROOM today,

    Monday April 13th from 3-4pm EST on

    It's the business & finance segment, and is a panel discussion of current events.

    Adams says: I will be talking about how my generation is getting involved in Entrepreneurship to make a difference in the world, and that's big issue right now is Corporal Punishment. I will talk about my views about it for a minute or so, and hopefully spur some debate. I'm assuming the show will allow folks to comment in, so PLEASE send comments of support / relevant questions to:

    It's important that given the limited time on the show, I stay on message with a targeted focus, so, I am going to avoid any of the periphery issues of child molestation, sex with teachers, etc.

    I want to talk about the issue of CP being LEGAL in schools, and how horrific this is, NOT things that are related to CP, but ALREADY ILLEGAL (i.e. raping a child).

    Example questions / comments that would be good be:

    1) How can people who are in a state where CP is illegal get involved?

    2) Why are some states paddling, and others aren't?

    3) Commend Fox for being brave enough to discuss the issue of CP (even though I'm the one who will bring it up, giving them credit for it will encourage them to cover it more)

    4) Address the race issue, that CP is used primarily in poor, black communities.

    5) What can you do if you are an administrator who currently works in a school that uses CP?

    If we flood them with questions, it is possible they will invite me back for more segements because they will see how popular the topic is.

    Also, just general comments of support on the position -- keep them brief soundbites which they can read on the air, i.e. "It's an outrage that schools are still using Corporal Punishment.

    Please forward this email to as many folks as you can.

    If you haven't been to, please check it out, also you can follow us on I will try to tweet from the studio and I am @AnthonyAdams

    If anyone is able to RECORD streaming internet video of the segment, I would LOVE IT if we could get a copy of it...


    Anthony David Adams

    April 9, 2009

    All in the Name of the 'Last Resort': The Abuse of Children in American Schools By Adah Maurer, Ph. D.

    "...Poor Brown, poor Black, poor White, all the dispossessed, the staunch traditionalists, the authoritarians in awe of power and having none, squelch their children with blows. They are proud of it. Each is ignorant of other ways, convinced that their group knows the "right" way, and fearful that others conspire to weaken the fibre of the "character" they have beaten into their young, as they themselves were beaten..."

    Read entire essay here:

    April 7, 2009

    1. Memphis Academy of Health Sciences ABC News Video
      See Paula Flowe, Dir., The Hitting Stops Here! in action in Tennessee. To view broadcast, click here. And for more coverage of the Memphis Campaign, click here.

    2. Mariah Vance sends an urgent message to Mr. Weathers, Principal of the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences, and to the families whose children are enrolled in that school.
      Click: here.

    3. Corporal Punishment to Children's Hands: A Statement by Medical Authorities as to the Risks
      Click: here.

    4. "People are not for hitting and children are people too," By Dr. John Valusek
      Click: here.

    April 4, 2009

    1. Texas Education Agency to investigate paddling incident, By Tawnell D. Hobbs, Dallas Morning News; Letter to Editor by Jordan Riak, April 3, 2009

    2. Heavy Hitter of the Weak: Bernal Smith II PLUS Exclusive Interview See:

    March 31, 2009

    Memphis Academy of Health Sciences is a Menace to the Health of Children
    Click here.

    March 27, 2009

    Demonstration Friday, March 27, 10am - 6pm at Memphis Academy of Health Sciences, 3925 Chelsea Ext., Memphis, TN 38108

    The Hitting Stops Here! is in Memphis to protest the disciplinary strategies of the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences. Every Friday, they hold chapel where the students who have misbehaved through the week are paddled on stage before the entire school. Attendance is mandatory. We are here to speak to students, parents, and we had hoped to get a meeting with school officials, but they refuse to meet. Hitting school children with boards is legalized child abuse and it must stop! If you were a victim of this practice, or know a child who was, visit our Web site at and click on "Tell us your story." We want to hear from you! Or call Paula Flowe, the director of The Hitting Stops Here! at 408-250-5997 or Tony Brian at 813-373-2850.

    2) Bathroom whupping' divides races: White woman claims she was fired for reporting spanking wins $200K Click for article and letter to the editor from Dr. Madeleine Y. Gómez.

    March 25, 2009

    An Open Letter to Tennesseans about Abuse of Schoolchildren From Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, March 25, 2009

    March 22, 2009

    1) State Actors Beating Children: A Call For Judicial Relief
    By Deana Pollard-Sacks
    Click here to read

    2) Report on Physical Punishment in the United States:
    What Research Tells Us About Its Effects on Children
    By Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Ph.D.
    Click here to read

    3) Research on Spanking by Parents of Children:
    Implications for Public Policy
    By Murray A. Straus & Emily M. Douglas
    The Family Psychologist: Bulletin of the Division of Family Psychology (43) 24:18-20.
    Click here to read

    March 10, 2009

    1. Notice to users of Plain Talk about Spanking. Click here

    2. "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. Click here.

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

    February 21, 2009

    1) Demonstration on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC to ban corporal punishment in public schools, Thursday, March 26, 4 pm - 7pm and Friday, March 27, noon - 7pm. See flyer
    Click here to read.

    2) A little girl needs your help. Who is she? What does she want? Click here to find out.
    Click here to read.

    February 11, 2009

    1) Justice denied: Pa. judges accused of taking kickbacks to send youngsters to juvenile prison, By MICHAEL RUBINKAM and MARYCLAIRE DALE , Associated Press,, February 11, 2009
    Click here to read.

    2) Girl's Injuries Consistent With Beating By Bat, Umbrella,, February 11, 2009
    Click here to read.

    3) Report: Abuse Found At Chicago Public Schools,, February 10, 2009
    Click here to read. 4) Trust is on trial in abuse case By Tiffany Lankes,, February 8, 2009
    Click here to read. 5) 3 Fired From Treatment Center In Teen’s Death, Associated Press,, February 8, 2009
    Click here to read. 6) Paddling ban would hit home By COURTNEY ALBON,T-G Staff Writer, Ashland, February 7, 2009
    Click here to read. 7) Illinois mother, boyfriend charged with killing tot, 3 By Carolyn Tuft, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 6, 2009
    Click here to read. 8) Punished student dies, teacher faces jail, BBC, December 25, 2008
    Click here to read. 9) The death of an 11-year-old pupil after being beaten by his teacher has thrown a light on the murky world of discipline in state schools, By Reem Leila, Al-Haram Weekly, November 12, 2008
    Click here to read. 10) Teachers Face Axe Over Corporal Punishment, By Fortunate Ahimbisibwe, New Vision (Kampala), November 12, 2008
    Click here to read.

    December 26, 2009

    Please vote for banning corporal punishment in U.S. schools. And please alert others on your mailing lists to participate in this important campaign. Currently, 21 states give child abusers in the classroom a free pass. That's a disgrace. Surely, if we can expect and demand drivers to drive without drinking, we can expect and demand teachers to teach without hitting. Click on and cast your vote.

    December 9, 2008

    An Open Letter to President Obama
    From Children's Rights Advocates
    Click here to read.

    November 13, 2008

    Teachers Face Axe Over Corporal Punishment
    Click here to read.

    November 9, 2008

    Dear PTAVE List Member:

    When we introduced "Plain Talk about Spanking" in 1992, we did our own printing on a donated 50s vintage Rotoprint offset duplicating machine housed in my garage. It was a slow, noisy, messy process, and the print quality was uneven. But we had booklets. Eventually, as our improved financial situation permitted, and as the ever-increasing demand for booklets required, we turned to commercial printing.

    Today, we are approaching a new threshold, and I am very worried. The demand for "Plain Talk" continues to grow surpassing anything we could have anticipated or hoped for. That's good. But our finances have dipped to a level prior to that of our Rotoprint days. That's not good. For the first time in our organization's history, we are nearing the point at which we will be forced to decline to fill requests. To state the obvious, we can't supply printed materials that we don't have, and we can't print if we can't pay the printer.

    I know these are difficult times for everyone, and I understand why donations to even the worthiest causes have fallen off so dramatically. But we need so little! And the objective is so important! If every reader of this letter set aside $5 each month to be applied to PTAVE's printing budget, the result would be a major improvement in the lives of many children. If you think I am exaggerating, click on the following link and peruse the list of typical professional users of "Plain Talk about Spanking," and read what some have written to us about it. You'll also see a link to the online version and information for ordering free copies. Click here:

    Instructions for donating are at Thank you for your support.

    Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir.,
    Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education
    Mail: PTAVE, P.O. Box 1033, Alamo, CA 94507 US
    Tel: 925-831-1661
    Web site: "Project NoSpank" at

    November 3, 2008

    21 to go!
    An Open Letter to Our Friends from The Hitting Stops Here!

    Dear Activists & Supporters of the campaign to ban corporal punishment in U. S. public schools,

    My name is Paula Flowe and I am Director and Founder of the organization, The Hitting Stops Here! I am also a board member of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, led by Executive Director, Jordan Riak. The Hitting Stops Here! is planning two major events as part of a campaign we call, “21 To Go!” Our plan is to alert everyone to the fact that there are 21 states that still permit corporal punishment of schoolchildren. We urgently need your support at this time.

    What is corporal punishment?

    Some define it as "discipline." We define it as "assault and battery" -- exactly what it's called when done to anyone other than a child. We believe no group should be excluded from the normal protections against assault and battery, and that any interpretation of law that allows one person to batter another with a dangerous weapon on the pretext that it is in the victim's best interest is dishonest, unethical, immoral and shameful. The United States is the only developed democracy where lawmakers seem unable to grasp this concept.

    Our public awareness campaign will consist of two events. One will be held the weekend of November 21 and the second, a demonstration, will be held in front of the Capitol Bldg. in Washington D. C. Please visit to learn the details and to find out how you can support and participate in the our “21 To Go!” campaign. With your help we can make all schools places that attract and inspire children to learn rather than fill them with the urge to escape.

    Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Paula Flowe, Director
    The Hitting Stops Here!

    Web site:
    Telephone: (408) 298-2181 ext. 3832 (24 hr. number)

    October 8, 2008

    1) Britain mulling ban on spanking
    here to read.

    2) The roots of violence are not unknown: The misled brain and the banned emotions
    By Alice Miller
    Click here to read.

    3) Spare the Rod: Why you shouldn't hit your kids
    By Alan E. Kazdin
    Click here to read.

    September 27, 2008

    ILLINOIS: Student Athletes Report Corporal Punishment
    Click here to read article and view video

    September 25, 2008

    Three Girls and Their Dolls
    Click here to read.

    September 23, 2008


    Please tune in to hear Paula Flowe today on National Public Radio along with three other guests. It will air on Tuesday, Sept. 23. When I asked how to access the show, the assistant editor sent the directions below. I hope you will be able to listen in. Thank you for all your support. The children will certainly have a victory soon, I'm sure, which means everyone has a victory.

    God bless,
    Paula Flowe

    Hi Paula, is the link. Tomorrow's show will be up by 10AMEST, and audio available by 12 noon EST. On The Michele Martin page(TMM). You can also see where TMM is broadcast. Midway down the page, you will see an option to choose a state to see where TMM is broadcast. Call me if you can't see the info tomorrow. I am at 202-513-2852 (office).

    Thank you so much!
    Best, Jennifer

    September 18, 2008

    The Fallacies of Pro-Spanking Science:
    A Point-by-Point Rebuttal to the Apologetics of Two Pediatricians
    By Tom Johnson, 1997
    Click here to read.

    September 15, 2008

    1) Paddle ban: Harnett County sees the light regarding corporal punishment in school, The Fayetteville Observer, September 15, 2008
    Click here to read.

    2) 'His main interest is spanking, not children': What YMCA boss told cops over child porn, By Joe Shute,, September 10, 2008
    Click here to read.

    September 11, 2008

    1) HARNETT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA - Nearly twenty-seven years after the brutal and injurious paddling of Shelly Gaspersohn and two other students, the county where it took place has done away with school corporal punishment. See news report and read background on the Gaspersohn case.
    Click here to read.

    2) Arkansas Schools Permit Corporal Punishment, Posted By Pam Baccam,, September 11, 2008
    Click here to read.

    3) Antioch girl was whipped, burned, autopsy shows, By Hilary Costa, Contra Costa Times, September 4, 2008
    Click here to read.

    September 5, 2008

    1. Against Corporal Punishment --Letter to Sequoyah County Times from Peggy Dean, September 2, 2008
      Click here to read.

    2. 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
      Click here to read.

    3. Bury the paddle -- Letter to The Fayetteville Observer from Jordan Riak, September 4, 2008
      Click here to read.

    4. Reverend Dr. Thomas E. Sagendorf's letter to Public Schools of Robeson County Board Members
      Click here to read.

    August 20, 2008

    Message to Our Subscribers:

    Members of the Robeson County (NC) Board of Education are meeting this afternoon in response to urgent requests from members of the community and other interested parties to reevaluate their corporal punishment policy. As a subscriber to this list, I expect you will want to let them know what you think of any school district that still lets school personnel beat students on their buttocks with a board. No matter that you are not a resident. Concern about this issue doesn't stop at the county line. Please let the folks who set policy in Robeson County schools know what you think about corporal punishment. Their e-mail addresses are at the bttom of this page.

    I know I don't have to coach you in your letter writing. However, you may find the following list helpful. These are among the main the points we stress when we communicate with paddling districts. Feel free to use what you wish. Keep it brief.

    1. It is impossible to find any teacher training program anywhere in the United States that teaches prospective teachers the "correct method" for hitting students.

    2. Striking a child's buttocks can stimulate immature sexual feelings, thereby setting in motion a process that leads to sexual dysfunction in adulthood.

    3. The battering of a subordinate by an authority figure models violence as a legitimate problem-solving method. We should be teaching the next generation better ways.

    4. Corporal punishment is disproportionately meted out to minority children, particularly males.

    5. Some people are addicted to bullying and dominating people under their control, and they are drawn to jobs that give them opportunities to indulge this perverse appetite. By banning corporal punishment, schools will cease to attract such people.

    6. Corporal punishment of schoolchildren has the same effect on their school experience that spousal battery has on marriage. That explains why schools with the highest paddling rates also have the highest drop-out rates and the lowest achievement rankings. Nobody performs well or wants to remain in an environment where they can be beaten.

    7. As more parents become better informed about the benefits of nonviolent child management and the dangers of corporal punishment, and as they see how schoolchildren thrive in the best school systems elsewhere, the less tolerant they will be of obsolete, risky methods of student management in their own schools. Any school that clings to the paddling habit can be absolutely certain of one outcome: a growing number of lawsuits.
    Write to:

    Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir. PTAVE

    August 18, 2008

    From The Hitting Stops Here!
    and Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education

    "The Hitting Stops Here! Campaign" has launched a month-long advocacy campaign in Robeson County, North Carolina. The goal of the campaign is to have corporal punishment banned in this school district by the first day of school, August 25, 2008, and have a plan in place to implement county-wide Positive Discipline models designed by Dr. Jane Nelsen.

    Despite the fact that over 1000 parents have signed a petition asking the Robeson County Board of Education to stop the use of corporal punishment, no action to date has been taken. Advocates and parents have asked for an ad hoc committee to be formed to study the issues surrounding the use of corporal punishment, but the district has not responded to this request. Unfortunately, some parents have felt that in order to protect their children from child abuse at the hands of educators, they are forced to boycott this school district if the systemic beating of school children is not halted by the beginning of the school year.

    A meeting to address banning corporal punishment in Robeson County Schools has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at 3:15 PM at the Robeson County School District office, Lumberton, North Carolina.

    Public Schools of Robeson County
    410 Caton Road
    Lumberton, NC 28358

    Telephone: 910.671.6000
    Fax: 910.671.6024
    Dr. Johnny Hunt, Superintendent

    Superintendent Johnny Hunt has invited all members of the District Executive Cabinet and Board of Education members to meet with members of "The Hitting Stops Here" campaign. This group will be represented by founder, Paula Flowe, and joined by supporters, to include parents, students, and state and national advocates. For further information contact:

    Paula Flowe: 408-250-5997
    Peggy Dean: 704-844-9354


    Peggy Dean, RN
    Member, Board of Directors, PTAVE
    Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education

    Campaign to End Corporal Punishment in North Carolina Schools

    The Hitting Stops Here Campaign

    August 13, 2008

    Student paddling protested
    Fayetteville Observer, August 13, 2008
    Public testimony the school board didn't want to hear

    LUMBERTON — A national organization criticized the Robeson County School Board on Tuesday night for not banning corporal punishment in public schools after numerous requests.

    A representative from the national organization, The Hitting Stops Here!, also accused school officials of ignoring them.

    “Why are you avoiding this issue?” asked Paula Flowe, the director of The Hitting Stops Here! “Why do you want to hit kids?”....

    Read the entire article here.

    August 12, 2008

    Dear List Members,

    To those of you who so generously responded to our July mailing requesting donations, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your help has carried us through July and at least through the end of August. But now, we urgently need your assistance. Let me explain what's happening.

    The demand for quantities of our booklet, "Plain Talk about Spanking," is growing at a faster pace than ever before. The more people who read it and show it to colleagues, the more who want it. It seems we are at the threshold of a heightened public awareness of our issue, and we just cannot keep up with the demand.

    When we first offered Plain Talk in '92, we had no problem filling requests and replenishing stock as needed. But clearly those days are gone. Now, almost immediately after we pick up a shipment of booklets, we have to begin worrying about raising funds to cover the next printing. Same for the Kids Safe Zone stickers. As you know, we offer both items free of charge, and we are determined to continue that policy. The nice folks who do our printing, however, expect to be paid.

    Meanwhile, Paula Flowe is making her mark on Robeson County, NC. See for a progress report, and there'll be plenty of news about it tomorrow. The board meeting tonight will be mobbed by parents recruited by Paula to protest the current policy that allows paddling and to demand change. We have an excellent chance of persuading the district to adopt modern methods of student management. Our success In Robeson County -- and we will succeed! -- will provide a blueprint for the campaign when we take on the next child-beating distinct. And so on until the job is done.

    Here's the precise situation. At this moment, we have insufficient funds in the PTAVE account to cover the cost of the next printing of either the booklet or the sticker. And we cannot expect Paula to continue indefinitely to cover all her costs in North Carolina by running up her personal credit card debt. You are on our list because you share our passion for the humane treatment of children. So please help us achieve that objective by contributing generously now. Click on and see straw-colored box at the right.

    We'll let you know how the school board meeting goes. If you are within traveling distance to 410 Caton Road, Lumberton, North Carolina, the meeting begins at 6:00 PM, (Aug. 12).

    Thank you.

    Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir., Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education

    August 8, 2008

    1) Robeson County, NC, Campaign to ditch the stick!
    See Paula Flowe in action at

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

    August 2, 2008

    1) Abuse in schools: 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.

    2) The results of beating in childhood
    Excerpt from The Challenge of Parenthood, Rudolf Dreikurs, 1958, Page 138

    3) News items of interest to readers concerned about child abuse, July 1 - August 2, 2008

    July 22, 2008

    NOTICE: 13th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, September 12-17, 2008, Town & Country Resort, San Diego, CA. For both professionals and non-.
    For details, click on e-mail & poster.doc

    July 21, 2008

    Spanking/Paddling and the Roots of Racism, July 2008
    Click to read.

    July 11, 2008

    Memories of Casa by the Sea, By Ramey Smith, July 10, 2008
    Click to read.

    July 8, 2008

    1) Paddlers' state of mind, By Jordan Riak, July 3, 2008
    Click to read.

    2) ENDANGERMENT ALLEGATIONS: Parents face murder charge; 4-year-old died during 17 hours left in SUV, By Brian Haynes, Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 26, 2008
    Click to read.

    July 2, 2008

    1) In search of the fine line, By Jordan Riak, The Ottawa Citizen, June 28, 2008
    Click to read.

    2) Spanking Of Children Banned in Costa Rica, Costa Rica Daily News (, June 27, 2008
    Click to read.

    3) Some Calif. Schools Locking Children In Closets, Reporting: Anna Werner (CBS 5),, June 27, 2008
    Click to read.

    4) US - Media Whitewashes Dobson, Hides 'Beat-Your-Child' Dogma, By Jeffrey Feldman, The Huffington Post, June 25, 2008
    Click to read.

    5) US - House Passes Legislation to Stop Child Abuse in Teen Boot Camps and other Residential Programs, Maia Szalavitz, The Huffington Post, June 25, 2008
    Click to read.

    6) The effects of spanking are obvious, By Susan Lawrence, The Ottawa Citizen, June 23, 2008
    Click to read.

    7) Parental rights, Letter to The Calgary Herald By Jordan Riak, June 23, 2008
    Click to read.

    August 2, 2008

    1) WARNING: The following two videos are profoundly upsetting to some viewers. Do not play either of them if children are present.

    a) "Bad baby." Adult modeling sadistic behavior to a toddler.
    Click here to view video

    b) "Lil cuz getin a whoppin." Child being tortured. (PTAVE has reported this to Houston authorities.)
    Click here to view video

    2) Parental rights, Letter to the Editor of Calgary Herald from Jordan Riak, June 23, 2008
    Click here to read

    3) Teacher accused of burning cross on student's arm, From Nkechi Nneji, CNN, June21, 2008
    Click here to read

    4) Snohomish boy beaten, allegedly over poor grades
    Click here to read

    5) Boy suffocated during school punishment -- Coroner's Report, Graeme Hamilton, National Post, With Files From Canwest News Service Published: Friday, June 20, 2008
    Click here to read

    6) Parenting: The line between punishment and abuse, By Melanie Barwick, PhD., C.Psych. CBC News, June 20, 2008
    Click here to read

    7) DFCS Official Pleads Guilty to Child Cruelty, Posted By: Tracey Christensen,, June 18, 2008
    Click here to read

    8) Allegations of Abuse Plague Marengo County School Boardm, By Mandi Williams, Blackbelt Gazette, June 17, 2008
    Click here to read

    9) ACLU sues Texas youth prison system claiming abuse, By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press, June 11, 2008
    Click here to read

    10) Stabbing provokes questions of abuse, By Rhiannon Meyers, The Daily News, June 8, 2008
    Click here to read

    11) Judge Gustavo Garza defends 'spanking' policy
    Click here to read

    12) Kindergarten Cruelty: Not Child’s Play, Joanne Jacobs,, June 5, 2008
    Click here to read

    June 18, 2008

    Encounter in a parking lot
    Click here to read.

    June 16, 2008

    What do I do?
    A letter to PTAVE from Amber
    Click here to read Amber's letter.

    June 11, 2008


    As early as next week the House of Representatives is expected to vote on passage of H.R. 5876, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008, sponsored by Rep. George Miller and approved last month by the Education and Labor Committee. The bill, endorsed by the National Child Abuse Coalition, would set standards, with enforcement provisions, to prevent child abuse and neglect in teen residential programs, including therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness camps, boot camps, and behavior modification facilities.

    TAKE ACTION: Please call your Representatives in Congress and ask them to vote in favor of H.R. 5876. You can reach your Representatives through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, or by email at Please circulate this action alert to your networks.

    June 4, 2008

    1) Lawsuit: Texas judge ordered public spanking of teen girl with large wooden paddle
    Click here to read

    2) Carson City man gets probation for spanking girlfriend's daughters with spatula
    Click here to read

    June 3, 2008

    Letter to Education Department Heads in Paddling States By Jordan Riak
    Click here to read

    May 21, 2008

    1) Curbing Youth Violence, By Jordan Riak
    Click here to read

    2) Lincoln Man Accused of Binding, Gagging Teen Boys, KPTM FOX 42 News
    Click here to read

    May 16, 2008

    If you have a school-age child and are considering moving to Odessa, Texas, the information in these two items could prove to be of vital importance to you. We'll report more on this as the situation develops.

    1) Student Alleges Abuse
    Click here to read

    2) Crockett students released
    Click here to read

    May 14, 2008

    Dear Friends:

    I am writing to alert you to the Dr. Phil Show on Friday, May 16th: "Spanking Scandals." (Check local listings for time and channel.) Everyone who cares about children will want to tune in. This show will make the case for legislative change with regard to corporal punishment in schools. Currently 21 states allow educators to corporally punish students, i.e., hit them on the buttocks with a wooden paddle. No child should attend school where physical abuse is acceptable. No child should be exposed to such a wrong-headed example of "problem solving" -- not from teachers, not from parents. Unfortunately, this is still largely the American way. Please alert friends, family and colleagues to the Dr. Phil Show, Friday, May 16th. Also, leave your words of wisdom on Dr. Phil's message board at

    Peggy Dean, RN
    Member of the Board of Directors of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE)

    ps: North Carolina residents who want to contact me to learn about our campaign to purge NC schools of paddles can email me at

    May 11, 2008

    1) When Is "Tough Love" Torture? By Maia Szalavitz, Click here to read.

    2) Abusive Residential Facilities: The Warning Signs Click here to read.

    May 8, 2008

    A Letter to School Boards in Paddling Districts
    Click here to read.

    May 5, 2008

    1) "Spare the Rod," By Riane Eisler
    Click here to read.

    2) "Childhood origins of terrorism," By Lloyd deMause
    Click here to read.

    April 30, 2008

    An urgent letter to List Members from Jordan Riak
    Click here to read.

    April 22, 2008

    "It's time to toss the trash"
    Click here to read and print new leaflet.

    April 12, 2008

    1) Teacher suspended following allegation, By Mark Locklear,The Robesonian, April 10, 2008
    Click here to read article.

    2) Michael DiPalma: Teacher/sex offender sentenced, Jefferson County, Colorado, April 4, 2008
    Click here to read court public information release.

    3) There's nothing funny about prison rape; Smirking at sexual attacks on inmates makes us all less safe., By Ezra Klein, Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2008
    Click here to read article.

    April 6, 2008

    1) Campaign to protect children from abuse in the schools of Robeson County, North Carolina
    April 19 - 26
    Click here for agenda.

    2) Group calls for corporal punishment ban By Mark Locklear, The Robesonian, March 19, 2008
    Click here to read article.

    April 3, 2008

    1) Shame on Arkansas
    Guest Editorial, By Jordan Riak, Arkansas Times, April 3, 2008
    Click here to read article.

    2) Police: Teacher Told Class to Hit Tardy Student
    FOX News, March 31, 2008
    Click here to read article.

    March 13, 2008

    1) Up the down stairs -- and up again and again
    At Shirley schools, a new punishment has some parents howling.
    Click here

    2) Forced exercise as punishment
    Click here

    March 7, 2008

    1) Youth pleads to get out of rehab
    Click here

    2) Survey: 13,000 Claims of Abuse Reported in U.S. Juvenile Centers 2004 through 2007
    Click here

    February 29, 2008

    1) "The whip, the paddle, the hickory switch"
    Presentation, Feb. 23, 2008, Black History Month Celebration, San Mateo Public Library, by Jordan Riak Click here

    2) Spanking may lead to sexual deviancy in years of maturity
    Click here

    3) Spanking Kids Causes Sexual Problems
    Click here

    4) TN principal under investigation for paddling injury
    Click here

    February 20, 2008

    1. Husband Arrested After 'Spanking' of 5-Year-Old
      Click here

    2. UK: Campaign to ban smacking
      Click here

    3. They let it die -- Deadline kills “anti-spanking” bill in state assembly
      Click here

    4. Welts, not welfare: Boss's protective maneuvers send a message that undermines DFCS mission — children's safety
      Click here

    5. To paddle or not to paddle? That's the question before state lawmakers.
      Click here

    6. Choirmaster admits sexually assaulting/spanking boy
      Click here

    7. Man Brutally Beats Toddler
      Click here

    8. Belts equal violence, not discipline
      Click here

    9. Spare the rod, save a psyche
      Click here

    10. Man who used stun gun on toddler gets 46 months
      Click here

    11. Camp Teacher Admits Spanking Boy's Bare Buttocks
      Click here

    12. Europe is moving towards a total ban of domestic violence against children
      Click here

    13. Florida mother arrested for allegedly beating her 10-month-old son
      Click here

    14. Corporal punishment: Blatant violation of human dignity
      Click here

    February 16, 2008

    Corporal Punishment in North Carolina Schools: Three Perspectives

    1. Peggy Dean's letter to education policy makers in North Carolina, January 31, 2008
    2. Rep. Cary Allred's letter to Peggy Dean, February 1, 2008
    3. A page from nine-year-old Allie Majni's daily journal, January 11, 2008
    Read them here.

    January 22, 2008

    1) Florida mother arrested for allegedly beating her 10-month-old son
    KAUZ 6 News, January 21, 2008
    Click here.

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

    January 18, 2008

    1) Texas Youth Commission workers accused of sexually abusing juvenile inmates; two face trial but venue not yet set
    From staff and wire reports, Dallas Morning News, January 17, 2008
    Click here.

    2) DC Mayor Fenty Fires 6 Child Welfare Workers In Girls' Deaths -- Four Children Had Not Been Seen for Months
    By Petula Dvorak and David Nakamura, Staff Writers, Washington Post, January 15, 2008
    Click here.

    3) Hands off those kids -- a 30-year crusade Corporal punishment leaves emotional scars, retired teacher says
    By Eric Kurhi, STAFF WRITER, San Ramon Valley Times, January 7, 2008
    Click here.

    January 17, 2008

    North Carolina Shame
    Click here.

    January 11, 2008

    1) The sticker business, January 11, 2008
    Click here.

    2) Volunteering
    Click here.

    December 22, 2007

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

    2) SPAIN: Parents banned from smacking children
    Reporting by Ben Harding; Editing by Ibon Villelabeitia, Reuters, December 20, 2007
    Click here.

    3) 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
    Click here.

    4) INDIA: Student Succumbs To Teacher’s Blows -- A fourteen-year-old student who battled for his life for the last two weeks has succumbed to corporal punishment.,, November 7, 2007
    Click here.

    5) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    6) Have you contributed to PTAVE's 2008 Outreach Fund?
    Click here to support our work for children using your credit card or PayPal.

    December 21, 2007

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

    2) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    3) Have you contributed to PTAVE's 2008 Outreach Fund?
    Click here to support our work for children.

    December 11, 2007

    1) Ohio Governor Ted Strickland supports paddling ban -- Introduction of legislation to outlaw corporal punishment in schools brings issue into spotlight. By William Hershey, Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News, December 11, 2007
    Click here.

    2) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    December 2, 2007

    1) The Baumrind Fallacy revisited
    Click here.

    2) Looking toward 2008 -- An invitation to participate
    Click here.

    3) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    November 19, 2007

    1) "Hidden from View - Few fired for physical abuse; Severe sanctions for educators more likely in sexual cases," By Jill Riepenhoff and Jennifer Smith Richards, The Columbus Dispatch, November 18, 2007
    Click here.

    2) "INDIA - Policy against corporal punishment planned," The Hindu, November 18, 2007
    Click here.

    3) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    November 14, 2007

    1) "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
    Click here.

    2) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    October 30, 2007

    1) Legal loopholes keep some teacher misconduct records secret, By Juliet Williams, The Associated Press, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 20, 2007
    Click here.

    2) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    October 29, 2007

    1) Admitting abuse but free to teach; Oregon education - Criminal convictions for admitted sexual misconduct are hit and miss, By Amy Hsuan, Melissa Navas and Bill Graves, The Oregonian, October 21, 2007
    Click here.

    2) Sexual misconduct plagues U.S. schools; AP finds 2,500 teachers punished in 5 years, By Martha Irvine and Robert Tanner, The Associated Press, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 20, 2007
    Click here.

    3) 125 Wash. teachers punished for sexual misconduct over 5 years, By Donna Gordon Blankinship,The Associated Press, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 20, 2007
    Click here.

    4) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    October 17, 2007

    1) When ‘Tough Love’ Is Too Tough, EDITORIAL, New York Times, October 16, 2007
    Click here.

    2) Troubles Mount Within Texas Youth Detention Agency, By Solomon Moore, New York Times, October 16, 2007
    Click here.

    3) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    October 14, 2007

    1) EDITORIAL: Government hell-bent on creating a nanny state, The Herald online (South Africa), October 12, 2007
    Click here.

    2) All-white jury acquits boot camp guards, nurse in death, By The Associated Press, Cnews, October 12, 2007
    Click here.

    3) VIDEO: Life in a Florida boot camp and the death of Martin Lee Anderson
    Click here.

    4) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    October 7, 2007

    1) What Horses Taught Monty Roberts About Wisdom In Parenting
    By Norm Lee

    Click here

    2) Response to a critic
    By Jordan Riak
    Click here

    3) The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    October 4, 2007

    Idyllic childhoods of CEOs reconsidered
    By Mitch Hall
    Click here

    The Relevance of Cognitive Dissonance Theory to the Movement to Ban Corporal Punishment
    By Mitch Hall
    Click here

    The new edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available.
    Read it here. Order a free copy here.

    October 1, 2007

    Time to padlock paddle peddlers!
    A call for action from Susan Lawrence
    Click here

    September 19, 2007

    South Africa National Assembly weighs ban on spanking

    "Give kids a hiding," MPs told, September 18, 2007
    Click here

    September 13, 2007

    1) The Cult That Spawned the Tough-Love Teen Industry: This harsh approach to helping troubled teens has a long and disturbing history
    By Maia Szalavitz, Mother Jones, August 20, 2007
    Click here

    2) School of Shock: How many times do you have to zap a child before it's torture?
    By Jennifer Gonnerman, Mother Jones, August 20, 2007
    Click here

    3) What Works for Troubled Teens?
    By Maia Szalavitz, Mother Jones, August 2007
    Click here

    4) Experts on Self-Injurious Kids Challenge Dr. Israel's Methods
    By Jennifer Gonnerman, Mother Jones, August 20, 2007
    Click here

    September 10, 2007

    1) Top priority: Please advise best ways for us to reach students with this page. E-mail
    Advice to a student who asks: "How can we protect ourselves from corporal punishment at school?"
    Click here

    2) Suspended Mobile County judge accused of spanking prisoners
    Click here

    3) Principal Admits Spanking Preschooler; State Attorney To Decide Whether To Press Charges
    Click here

    4) Officer accused of spanking woman's rear is charged
    Click here

    August 30, 2007

    1) Graduate of a school for troubled teens describes therapy
    Click here for audio clip.

    2) Teenager testifies in Hinton trial
    Click here for article.

    3) Controversy Surrounds Tranquility Bay
    Click here for article.

    August 27, 2007

    Dangerous Product Injures Children: Consumer Product Safety Commission looks at child safety with one eye shut

    WARNING - These images may be deeply disturbing to some viewers. Do not open this page if children are present.

    Click here for article.

    August 21, 2007

    1) If you can identify the teacher shown in this video, and/or the school where this took place, please email and tell us that information. We want to report him and his employer to child protective services in their jurisdiction. We'd also like to show this video to the members of the education committees of the involved state legislature and ask them if this behavior conforms to policy. (We'll strictly guard the identity of any informant.)
    Thank you.
    Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir., PTAVE

    Click here to watch video.

    This message is also posted

    2) Girl Hit In Face With Belt Buckle; Mid-South child abuse investigation
    Click here for article.

    3) Our "Open Letter to the American Psychological Association" of July, 2003 remains unanswered, but the problem hasn't gone away. Readers who are new to this list, and others who read the letter when it was issued but have forgotten it, can read it here.

    August 13, 2007

    1) Boy whose mother is accused died of repeated injuries, doctor says
    By Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, August 10, 2007
    Click here for article.

    2) Christian discipline? 2 arrested in alleged dragging of girl behind van at boot camp
    By Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, August 10, 2007
    Click here for article.

    3) Abuse, neglect appear widespread in Texas schools for retarded
    By Emily Ramshaw and Amy Rosen, Dallas Morning News, July 23, 2007
    Click here for article.

    July 25, 2007

    1) Hitting is never OK
    By John E. B. Myers, The Costco Connection, May 2007, Vol. 22, No. 5
    Click here for article.

    2) Is swatting someone's behind in middle school a sex crime? Documents in Yamhill County "Spanking" case
    The Oregonian, July 20, 2007
    Click, here for article.

    July 21, 2007

    1) Loophole in state law has allowed some in teen-help industry to go unlicensed
    Click here for article.

    2) Mississippi Sued Over Alleged Abuse at Girls Detention Center
    Click here for article.

    3) EDITORIAL: Close Columbia Training School
    Click here for article.

    4) Child abuse alarm
    Click here for article.

    5) Most districts still use paddle
    Click here for article.

    6) Academy alleges libel, slander
    Click here for article.

    July 8, 2007

    Over the GW
    Must-See Indy Film Exposes Cruel Teen Correction Programs
    A review by Maia Szalavitz, July 7, 2007
    Click here for article.

    July 5, 2007

    The Horrors of Hutto
    Inside Texas' For-Profit Immigrant Prison
    By Cindy Beringer
    Click here for article.

    July 2, 2007

    FOX Television Stations, Inc. Gives Free Advertising to Maker of Product that Endangers Children
    By Jordan Riak, July 2, 2007
    Click here for article.

    June 30, 2007

    1) Texas Juvenile Detention Centers Cope With Charges of Rape, Abuse
    By Keith Elliot Greenberg, FOXNEWS.COM, April 16, 2007
    Click here for article.

    2) Criticism over youth jail death
    BBC News, June 28, 2007
    Click here for article.

    June 28, 2007

    1) Romney, Torture, and Teens: The former governor's connections to abusive "tough love" camps, By Maia Szalavitz, reasononline, June 27, 2007
    Click here for article.

    2) MOVIE REVIEW: "Over the GW"
    If These Cold Walls Could Talk, By Nicolas Rapold, The New York Sun, June 28, 2007
    Click here for article.

    3) "Spanking a child is an act of violence," letter to the editor by Nina Adel, Robertson County Times (Tennessee), June 28, 2007
    Read here

    4) EDITORIAL: "Child abuse cases go on every day in state," Decatur Daily (Alabama) & Nadine Block's letter to the editor, June 27, 2007
    Read here

    June 16, 2007

    1) The Dangers Associated With Hitting Children
    By Ralph S. Welsh, PhD, ABPP
    Read here

    2) Bad advice from people who should know better,
    by David Cooperson, LCSW, ACSW
    Read here

    3) Reasonable and Moderate,
    Letter to the Dallas Morning Herald from Jordan Riak
    Read here

    June 8, 2007

    A letter to California editors from Jordan Riak
    Read here

    May 31, 2007

    Gary Shaffer's letter to Letter to The News & Observer
    Read here

    2) Nicole's letter to Project NoSpank: My family's cycle of violence stops with me
    Read here

    3) South Africa set to extend spanking ban to the home (2 articles)
    a) Read here; b) Read here

    4) TENNESSEE - "Receiving wood" -- Jury hears of abuse by coaches
    Read here

    5) BOSTON: Pols deserve swat for proposed spanking ban
    Read here

    May 26, 2007

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    May 24, 2007

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    May 11, 2007

    By Patrick Briody

    Read here

    May 10, 2007

    Send a message to a paddlemaker

    Read here

    May 3, 2007


    1) Anti-smacking bill passes by landslide with only three MPs voting no,
    Read here

    2) Police welcome smacking bill compromise,
    Read here

    May 1, 2007

    1) Anglican Maori support repeal of Section 59
    Read here

    2) Student forced to urinate in bottle during class; Teacher transferred, student suspended
    Read here

    3) The Lucifer Effect; Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
    By Philip Zimbardo; Reviewed By Michael Roth
    Read review here

    4) Teacher indicted; allegedly didn't report abuse
    Read here

    5) Texas youth prison official fired; Inmate abuse alleged
    Read here

    6) Legal Adult Violence
    By Mike Males
    Read here

    April 27, 2007

    1) Belinda's story as told by her mother
    Read here

    2) Evil parents tortured Chevy
    Read here

    3) For pet trainer to the stars, short leash is not the answer
    Read here

    April 21, 2007

    Mother gets supervision for hitting child in face
    Read here

    Priest defrocked for allegedly abusing boys
    Read here

    Ex-youth prison officials charged with inmate abuse
    Read here

    Teacher who threw feces at boy may keep job
    Read here

    Second Grader Stripped Naked, Spanked in Front of Classmates; School Principal calls it "a family matter"
    Read here

    April 15, 2007

    By Alice Miller
    Read here

    April 9, 2007

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    April 4, 2007

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    March 19, 2007


      a) The Smacking Debate Story: Bradford's law will save our children, by Deborah Coddington, The New Zealand Herald, March 18, 2007
      b) Anti-smacking bill opponents doing it more good than harm, by John Roughan, New Zealand Herald, March 17, 2007


      a) PADDLE POLICY: A push to ban corporal punishment in public schools deserves high marks. It's time the state stopped spanking students, Editorial, News & Observer (North Carolina), March 19, 2007
      b) Constituents' petition to the legislature
      c) HB 853 to prohibit the use of corporal punishment in North Carolina public schools and PTAVE's letter to North Carolina legislators

    March 15, 2007

    HB 853, a bill to prohibit the use of corporal punishment in North Carolina public schools and PTAVE's letter to North Carolina legislators

    Click here to read items.

    March 4, 2007


    Summit Conference III
    International Leaders
    In The Child and Non-Violence

    April 10, 2007 -- Chicago

    For details and registration, click here.

    February 26, 2007

    1) "Lichfield Declared Innocent of Dundee Ranch Academy Abuse Charges," by Leland Baxter-Neal, Tico Times, February 22, 2007. Read article here.

    2) REMINDER: If you haven't read the 2007 edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking," it's online here. If you would like to receive hard copy of the 16-page booklet, just reply to telling us where to send it.

    February 25, 2007

    1) "A little bit of violence is not acceptable," by Jaap E. Doek, Chairperson, United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, 2006
    Read article here

    2) "Banning corporal punishment -- What the arguments tell us about our character regarding the treatment of children," by Dr. Kerby Alvy, Exec. Dir. of the Center of the Improvement of Child Caring in California, February 22, 2007
    Read article here

    February 24, 2007

    1) "CALIFORNIA NO-SPANKING BILL: Bid to end discrimination against children"
    Read Assembly Bill 755 and related articles here

    2) "NEW ZEALAND bill banning corporal punishment survives key vote," By Associated Press, The Globe and Mail, February 22, 2007
    Read article here

    February 20, 2007

    1) "KANSAS - Spanker protection bill dies in Senate,"
    By Dion Lefler, Eagle Topeka bureau, Wichita Eagle, February 20, 2007
    Read article here

    2) "The decline of rape"
    What the sharp decline in reported sexual assaults reveals about today's youth. By Mike Males. Mike Males is senior researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco. E-mail:, Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2007
    Read article here

    3) "Uganda: Son Tortured for Wetting Bed," By Ali Mambule, New Vision (Kampala), February 16, 2007
    Read article here

    February 18, 2007

    1) "Spanking: When parents lift their hands -- It's better not to use corporal punishment, researchers agree. But, in fact, people do. Now we're learning the consequences," By Ben Harder, Special to Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2007
    Read article here

    2) "Texas looks at banning spanking in schools," By Ramon Bracamontes, El Paso Times, February 16, 2007
    Read article here

    3) "Why are Dutch children so happy?" By Kathryn Westcott, BBC News website, February 14, 2007
    Read article here

    February 16, 2007

    This is a reminder that the 2007 edition of our booklet, "Plain Talk About Spanking" is now available. You can read it online by clicking here. If you would like to receive a print copy, scroll to the end of the online version for instructions. Don't forget to provide a physical mailing address.

    Please forward this message to friends and colleagues.

    J. Riak

    February 14, 2007

    Letter to PTAVE from Jeff Charles, February 13, 2007
    Click here to read letter.

    February 11, 2007

    1) Nashua, N.H. children endured 'torture'
    Read article here

    2) Defense, judge argue in Georgia child-murder trial, as dead boy's brother testifies
    Read article here

    3) CPR, 911 call for youth were delayed -- Bowling Brook staff believed boy feigned sleep while unconscious, school reports
    Read article here

    February 9, 2007

    “Healthy Children, Healthy Community”
    March 14-15, 2007 - Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Read details here
    Print Registration Form here

    February 8, 2007

    We already have laws against child abuse, don't we?
    Read articles indexed here

    February 1, 2007

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    1) Mutilating for God -- Some children are forced into bloody rite
    To read article, click here

    2) 5-year-old's final hours
    To read article, click here

    January 28, 2007


    Hear discussions of California assembly proposal to make spanking children under four a misdemeanor

    Monday, Jan. 29, 2007
    9:00 AM Pacific Time
    KQED FM 88.5
    Host: Michael Krasny
    Guest: Sally Lieber, California Assembly Member

    Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007
    11:00 AM Pacific Time
    KGO AM 810
    Host: Ronn Owens
    Guest: Thomas Nazario, Professor of Law, U.S.F. Law School

    January 22, 2007

    1) Just another Mississippi school paddling
    Reported to PTAVE, January 21, 2007
    Read article here
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    2) Some List members reported that they were unable to access Alice Miller's recent letter to us about the 2007 edition our booklet, Plain Talk About Spanking. Try again here.

    January 20, 2007

    Dear List Members,
    Sorry for the short notice. I've just had the details confirmed. I am scheduled for Sunday morning (tomorrow, that is) on MSNBC-TV. The show is "Dayside," host, Alex Witt, time, 9:15 Eastern Standard Time. I don't know about broadcast times in other time zones. If you want to watch, you'll have to check local listings online or in the papers. The subject of the discussion will be California's proposed spanking ban. I don't know who's representing the pro-spank side. If you don't already know the background, just Google "Sally Lieber spanking." I've been too busy these past few days to post or announce anything. It all happened very fast. I did 5 radio talk shows yesterday. The spankers are on the war path. They don't like having their favorite bad habit held up to public scrutiny. Who can blame them?

    January 16, 2007

    Bill to ban devices to beat children

    1) A bill is being sponsored by US Representative Ed Markey to ban devices specifically to beat children. But another Representative is needed to cosponsor the bill to help it reach the floor for debate and a vote. Your help is needed! If you live in the US, please contact your US Representative by entering your state & ZIP code here:

    Here is a sample letter/phone message:

    Dear Honorable Representative _______,

    I am deeply concerned that companies, stores and individuals are selling devices specifically for inflicting pain on children. Please cosponsor the bill sponsored by Rep. Markey that would curtail this obscene industry.

    You can read the bill at

    Please contact Rep. Markey's aide Jeff Duncan at (202) 225-2836.

    (your name)

    **After you write/call, please email to let us know which US Representative you contacted. Thank you!

    2) Devices to beat children have been found in strange places, not just the Internet, but souvenir and toy shops. If you see a device being sold for beating children, please notify us at and give us the name and location of the store, a description of the device, and manufacturer if possible. Thank you for helping with this campaign to stamp out these devices!

    January 15, 2007

    1) California: No Spanking Bill, January 11, 2007
    Click here for article.

    2) NYCLU Calls On State Regents To Reject Regulations Permitting Schools To Use Noxious Stimuli To Punish Students With Disabilities, January 8, 2007
    Click here for article.

    January 11, 2007

    1) Boy, 4, frightened of spanking, dies in fire, January 9, 2007
    Click here for article.

    2) E-mail from Alice Miller to Jordan Riak, January 8, 2007
    Click here for letter.

    January 8, 2007

    1) "Shocks From the System," By Maia Szalavitz
    Click here for article.

    2) "Proposal would give immunity to schools that spank," By Dion Lefler, The Wichita Eagle,
    Click here for article.

    3) "Spanking, pain and pleasure," A letter from R. Ali
    Click here for letter.

    4) "Paddling and Gender," By David Hill
    Click here for article.

    January 4, 2007

    Schools of Union County, N.C. are now paddle free!
    Click here for articles.

    December 31, 2006

    Union County, N.C. Weighs Pupil-Beating
    A letter from PTAVE to local area education policymakers and media
    Click here for letter.

    December 27, 2006

    Two sides of the same coin
    Click here for articles.

    2) EDITORIAL, Taiwan Journal: Taiwan bans corporal punishment in schools; moves toward being an advanced, nurturing society
    Click here for editorial.

    December 24, 2006

    "We Weren't Unbeatable -- An Open Letter to a Disciplinarian"
    By Spike
    Click here for letter.

    December 15, 2006

    1) 2006 School Corporal Punishment Report Card, By Robert Fathman, Ph.D.
    Click here to read article.

    2) The Power of Peace By Madeleine Y. Gómez, Ph.D. and Mitch Hall
    This 12-page booklet is available from Psychealth Ltd. Call (847) 864-4961.
    To read Power of Peace online, click here.

    December 13, 2006

    A bill has been sponsored by US Representative Ed Markey to ban the advertising and sale of devices to whip and beat children in the US. This bill needs co-sponsors to get it moving and voted on.

    So, please write to your US Representative!! Enter your state & ZIP code at this Web page. Then click "Contact My Representative." You will be taken to your Representative's homepage where you can contact them. Here is a sample letter you can use:

    Dear Representative ________,

    I am your constituent, and I am deeply concerned that it is legal to sell devices in the US specifically for whipping and beating babies and children. Rep. Ed Markey is sponsoring a bill to ban the marketing of these devices. Please co-sponsor this important bill to end the advertising and sale of these devices.

    A law is needed to end this ugly and dangerous business for good. Please lend your support to this worthy endeavor. Rep. Markey's aide, Jeff Duncan, is working actively on the bill, and can be reached at (202) 225-2836, or

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    (your name)

    Thank you for writing!! If we can get some co- sponsors, I think it will pass easily!! Click here to view Rep. Markey's bill. Click here to view some of these devices.

    Susan Lawrence
    Director, Stop the Rod

    Ms. Lawrence is a member of the PTAVE Board of Directors

    December 9, 2006

    ARE PADDLING SCHOOLS SANCTUARIES FOR SEXUAL PREDATORS? A letter from PTAVE to education department heads in paddling states and their responses
    Click here for letter and responses to date.

    December 6, 2006

    Dear List Member:

    I am writing to announce the 2007 edition of "Plain Talk About Spanking" and to request that you help us cover the cost of printing.

    Since we first introduced "Plain Talk" in 1992, it’s been a favorite among parents, educators, healthcare providers and other professionals in child-related fields. On August 1, 2006, we received the last shipment of 10,000 copies of the 2006 edition from our printer. That inventory is now nearly depleted. The 2007 edition is ready for printing, but we cannot proceed until we’ve raised the needed funds.

    If you aren’t familiar with "Plain Talk," you can read the 2007 edition online by clicking here. If you want copies, either we can send you some from remaining stock, or you can wait until the new edition is printed. The booklets are free. If you would like to read some typical correspondence from professional users of "Plain Talk," check out these pages:

    I know you share our belief in the importance of this effort, and I hope you are able to help support it by making a donation at this time. You can donate to our PayPal account (click here for instructions), or you can send a check to PTAVE, P.O. Box 1033, Alamo, CA 94507. Make the check payable to PTAVE. Since we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law. E.I.N. #94-2884062.

    Thank you for caring about the children.


    Jordan Riak, Executive Director

    Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE); Web site: Project NoSpank, PTAVE, P.O. Box 1033, Alamo, CA 94507 US; Tel: 925-831-1661; FAX: 925-838-8914

    December 4, 2006

    "... A family environment that is cruel and uncaring will send cruel and uncaring children into the world as aggressive, violent adults..."
    Dr. C. Everett Koop, Surgeon General and Deputy Assistant Secretary For Health under Pres. Reagan.

    1) Wisconsin -- 7-year-old suffocated during restraint; death charges filed
    Click here for article.

    2) Florida -- Charges Filed in Boot Camp Death
    Click here for article.

    3) New York -- Ivy Ridge Academy accreditation rejected; New York Officials Declare Academy at Ivy Ridge "Educational Fraud"
    Click here for article.

    4) Mississippi -- Deadly discipline - Vicksburg mother beat 5-year-old to death because he couldn't count to 20
    Click here for article.

    5) 7M in U.S. Jails, on Probation or Parole
    Click here for article.

    November 24, 2006


    1) Non-abusive "Loving Spankings" Messed Me Up For Life
    A letter from Carol
    Click here for letter.

    2) Christianity and spanking
    A letter from Edyta
    Click here for letter.

    3) I don't believe that this was God's will
    A letter from M. C.
    Click here for letter.

    November 22, 2006

    1) Who's Watching the Kids?
    A documentary about boot camps for teens.
    Click here then select Windows Media Player.

    2) Barbara Neff's letter to writer John Balch of the Nashville Leader about the Murfreesboro school paddling incident
    Click here for letter.

    3) Stop spanking kids: UN envoy
    Canada violates rights agreement by letting parents hit their children, Lewis tells forum
    Click here for article.

    November 21, 2006

    Murfreesboro, Arkansas: Authorities investigating school discipline incident
    Click here for article.

    November 15, 2006

    1) Greece outlaws corporal punishment in the home
    Click here for article.

    2) Parents file complaint over swats
    Click here for article.

    3) Saudi court sentences rape victim to 90 lashes
    Click here for article.

    4) Private Christian school under scrutiny over campus conditions, corporal punishment
    Click here for article.

    5) Child Abuse May Alter Victims' Brain Chemistry, Study Shows
    Click here for article.

    6) Letter to the Editor of the Muskogee Phoenix by Jordan Riak
    Click here for article.

    November 12, 2006

    Ending legalized violence against children -- Global Report 2006, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children (Large PDF file. Allow download time.)
    Click here for article.

    November 7, 2006

    The spanking, torture and murder of 4-year-old Aiyana Gauvin
    Click here for article.

    November 4, 2006

    1) Three-year-old spanked to death
    Click here for article.

    2 ) Mother held on suspicion of murder, torture, child abuse -- Child welfare contacted 3 times before eight-year-old boy died
    Click here for article.

    3) A letter to promoters of "Teen Help"
    By Jordan Riak
    Click here for article.

    October 31, 2006

    Corporal punishment in Union County, North Carolina schools is arbitrary and therefore illegal: A letter from Atty. J. Robert Sheppard, Jr. to the Union County Board of Education
    Click here for article.

    October 27, 2006

    1) Heartland Christian Academy: School of Last Resort
    Click here for article.

    2) Dr. Robert Fathman's letter to Dr. Gil Kliman
    Click here for letter.

    October 12, 2006

    1)CEOs' Childhoods: Credited or Faulted?
    USA Today: "CEOs Often Spanked as Kids" and Mitch Hall's response: "Childhoods of CEOs Reconsidered"
    Click here for both articles.

    2) New Zealand National Party gets behind limits on smacking
    Click here for article.

    3) ALERT From Susan Lawrence (Stop the Rod)
    Children in the city of Portland, OR have written a Bill of Rights for Children, stating they "have the right to loving care and a healthy environment at home" and the "right to be safe in our homes... and to be protected from all types of abuse and exploitation, whether physical, verbal, emotional or sexual, and to be supported in reporting and combating abuse." Please click here to read and sign their petition.

    4) The new, revised edition of "Plain Talk about Spanking" is now available. Click here to read it online. Instructions for getting your free copy of this 16-page booklet are at the end of the text. Professionals in child-related fields may obtain quantities as long as our stock holds out.

    October 11, 2006

    House Approves School Strip Search Bill
    Click here for article.

    Parents: Teacher crossed the line with discipline - - Police report filed over alleged stomping incident
    Click here for article.

    States should ban violence against children: UN study
    Click here for article.

    September 29, 2006

    In Many Public Schools, the Paddle Is No Relic
    By Rick Lyman, New York Times, September 30, 2006
    Click here for article.

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

    September 26, 2006

    Childhood memories
    By B.G.
    Click here for article.

    Daddy, please stop
    By S.G.
    Click here for article.

    A BILL To ban certain devices sold or marketed for the purpose of hitting or whipping children
    Introduced by Congressman Ed Markey, 7th District of Massachusetts.
    Sponsored by Susan Lawrence. (Ms. Lawrence is a Member of the Board of Directors of PTAVE.)
    Click here for article. (Adobe Reader required.)

    Why effective national child protection systems are needed
    Save the Children’s key recommendations in response to the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children.
    Click here for article. (Adobe Reader required.)

    September 21, 2006

    Debate over the meaning of "rod" is irrelevant By Rev. Thomas E. Sagendorf
    Click here for article.

    How to bring up boys who can't think clearly
    A review of James Dobson's Bringing Up Boys: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Men
    Reviewer: Joseph L. McCauley
    Click here for article.

    Exploitation of Youth & Families: Perspectives on Unregulated Residential Treatment
    By Allison Pinto, Ph.D., Monica Epstein, Ph.D., Paul Lewis, B.B.A., Kathryn Whitehead, B.A.
    Presented to APA Convention
    Click here for article.

    Does PTAVE equate teachers to prostitutes, porn stars?
    By Jordan Riak
    Click here for article.

    September 15, 2006

    Ex-Yorktown mom, Christine Somma, takes on N.C. schools over corporal punishment
    Click here for article.

    Corporal Punishment's Hidden Costs
    By Salim Muwakkil
    Click here for article.

    Letter to Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
    By Isabelle Allgood-Neal
    Click here for article.

    Letter to Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
    By Jordan Riak
    Click here for article.

    Letter to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    By Jordan Riak
    Click here for article.

    September 10, 2006

    Summit Conference II: National Leaders in the Child and Nonviolence
    Speech Delivered By Madeleine Y. Gómez, Ph.D.
    Click here for article.

    August 25, 2006

    NEW ZEALAND - Auckland City Council takes a stand against S59
    Green Party notice to mailing list subscribers
    Click here for article.

    MISSISSIPPI - An open letter to the Desoto County parent and school board community
    By Peggy Dean, Desoto County Tribune
    Click here for article.

    August 23, 2006

    EDITORIAL: A reevaluation of corporal punishment
    [Korea] The Hankyoreh
    Click here for article.

    Giving power to the paddle -- Some North Texas school districts are holding fast to corporal punishment, but critics say they're out of whack
    Dallas Morning News
    Click here for article.

    Letter to Dallas Morning News
    By Jordan Riak
    Click here for letter.

    August 19, 2006

    Too much anger in black youth today
    By Clarence Page
    Click here for article.

    In praise of spanking>
    Susan Lawrence's response to a defender of spanking
    Click here for article.

    August 10, 2006

    Laurel, Mississippi Schools OK Corporal Punishment
    Click here for article.

    New Zealanders Demand Spanking Ban After Deaths of Maori Twins
    Click here for article.

    July 22, 2006

    Three disciplined in suicide of 18-year-old at youth prison, By Don Thompson, Associated Press, Mercury News, July 21, 2006
    Click HERE to read article.

    Hard Lessons in Herat Schools: Despite a ban on corporal punishment, schoolteachers in Herat insist on beating knowledge into their charges. By Sadeq Behnam and Sudabah Afzali in Herat, Afghan Recovery Report, No. 223, July 20, 2006
    Click HERE to read article.

    COSBY, OTHERS SAY BLACK MEN STILL IN CRISIS By Leslie Fulbright, Chronicle Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, July 19, 2006
    Click HERE to read article.

    July 11, 2006

    Ban on Corporal Punishment in Schools reaps results in Bangladesh
    Source: Save the Children
    Click HERE to read article.

    June 30, 2006

    But "[e]liminating boot camps does not remove need for accountability in 14-Year-old's death; Martin Lee Anderson case demonstrates need for overhaul of juvenile justice system," says NAACP.
    Read NAACP statement

    2) Votes To Put Limits on Schools' Behavioral Therapy Like Electric Shocks, By Leon Neyfakh, The New York Sun
    Click HERE to read article.

    3) The State Education Department / The University of the State of New York: "Emergency adoption of proposed regulations, including the use of aversive behavioral interventions"
    Click HERE to read report.

    June 23, 2006


    Press Conference re: Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts
    Click HERE to listen.

    Massachusetts legislators are about to vote whether or not to ban the use of torture to modify the behavior of children -- a practice euphemistically called "aversive therapy." Write to them now even if you have written before, and urge their support for amendment #765 to the FY2007 Budget which will outlaw the practice and thereby bring Massachusetts fully into the civilized world.

    Read JRC Program Visitation Report– 6/9/2006

    Read more about the Judge Rotenberg Center on the Project NoSpank Web site.

    June 20, 2006


    New findings of child torture at the Judge Rotenberg Center

    ARC Mass has obtained new findings of extreme torture at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts. Besides spanking, "hot-saucing" and pinching children, and denying them food, the new findings include:

    • Electric shocks administered to the testicles.
    • A deaf child regularly shocked for not listening to verbal instructions.
    • A person shocked repeatedly for squinting.
    • A student shocked for moving from her seat to go to the bathroom; thereafter a bowel movement was detected and the student was shocked again.
    • A nonverbal student with significant retardation was shocked for moaning which was her only means of communication.
    • Students tied down on boards and hours later shocked repeatedly for behavior unrealized by the student.
    • Indiscriminate, uncontrolled shock is administered mechanically to students with no supervision at all.
    • Students are burned in multiple areas of their body and the burns go unreported and sometimes untreated.
    Massachusetts legislators will be voting soon, probably this week, on banning these tortures, called "aversive therapy". Please, write these legislators NOW, even if you have before: Here is a sample letter:

    "Please support amendment #765 to the FY2007 Budget, to ban 'aversive therapy' in Massachusetts, such as occurs at the Rotenberg Center in Canton, MA. Rotenberg is the only school in the US that uses such torture on autistic, deaf and retarded children. 'Aversive therapy' has not been proven to be beneficial, and it is cruel and inhumane to allow it to continue. The tortures that occur daily at Rotenberg are well-documented, and inexcusable. Please vote for amendment #765."

    Thank you for speaking out against this outrage!! Here is the investigative report, and today's Boston Globe article (6/19/06): "A shocking form of therapy," By Brian A. Joyce, Boston Globe, June 19, 2006

    JRC Program Visitation Report– 6/9/2006:

    Susan Lawrence
    Director, Stop the Rod
    Board of Directors, Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education
    Board of Advisors, EPOCH-USA

    June 18, 2006

    1) PTAVE's proposal to 272 members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

    2) Something to bring tears

    3) Something to bring a smile

    June 16, 2006

    URGENT! Please act now to protect helpless children from "therapeutic" torture. See Judge Rotenberg Center investigated for child torture
    This report has been prepared by Susan Lawrence,

    June 13, 2006

    Dade County, Florida adopts Resolution Opposing Violence Directed at Children

    June 8, 2006

    1. I prepared this for a parent who needed a fast, easy-to-print, black-ink-only, one-page doc to distribute at a school board meeting. If your children attend a paddling school, you may find this useful. If you missed the last board meeting, send a printout to each school board member's home address. It'll give them something important to think about over the summer break. See SPANKING AT SCHOOL.

    2. Excellent article in today's Guardian Suffer little children; US evangelists are twisting the Bible to say that beating the young is a Christian doctrine

    3. This "behavior modification" outfit shows its true colors. See Woman distraught: denied visit with sister at Ivy Ridge Academy

    J. Riak

    June 7, 2006

    I am pleased and a privileged to introduce Krystina Kessler, PTAVE's very special new friend. I am confident we are going to see great things from this young lady. You'll understand what I mean after you've read her letter.

    J. Riak

    May 30, 2006

    1. International Petition to End Institutionalized Child Abuse


    May 25, 2006

    1. Boot camp youth dies of thirst after forced exercise; 8 indicted

    2. Teacher accused of abusing autistic child n-q08r.htm

    3. Principal suspended without pay for allegedly restraining student with chain

    May 12, 2006

    1.Pastor charged with spanking girl

    2. Juvenile Jail Workers Charged in Sex Case

    3.Youth minister accused of sexually abusing teenager

    4. Youth Minister Accused Of Sex Crime

    May 5, 2006

    Martin Lee Anderson: Latest News

    1. Autopsy: Boot camp guards killed teen; Second coroner's examination finds 14-year-old suffocated, CNN, May 5, 2006

    2. Second autopsy finds boy hit at boot camp died of suffocation, By Mitch Stacy, Associated Press, May 5, 2006

    May 3, 2006

    1. Jury Awards $1.7 Million to Woman Spanked at Work By Juliana Barbassa, AP, AOL News

    2. Divine Discipline, Lance West Reporting for NewsChannel 4, KFOR-TV-DT

    3. Ask Ten Spankers, By Jordan Riak

    May 2, 2006

    1. Proposed Resolution to Protect Children, Arlington, Massachusetts, May, 2006

    2. Protect Children in Chicago, May, 2006

    April 30, 2006

    1. Tough Love Quackery: Maia Szalavitz’s Presentation to The Cato Foundation

    2. Statement by Kathryn Whitehead, Former Student at Mission Mountain School, Montana

    3. Breaking Down Our Kids; Child Abuse for Profit is Occurring in America By Joshua Chiappelli

    April 26, 2006

    Lawmakers close to deal to eliminate juvenile boot camps
    Click on

    April 26, 2006

    Sociology Professor Murray Straus, foremost authority on corporal punishment of children, will give a presentation of his 33+ years of research on April 28, 7pm. The presentation will be at Park Avenue UCC Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd., Arlington, MA (corner of Park Ave. & Paul Revere Rd.). FREE.

    Dr. Straus has earned many honors and awards for his research, which have been used to change policies around the world. He just returned from doing presentations at 2 universities in Canada.

    Come learn about this important issue which affects the individual & society in many ways. All ages welcome.

    Sue Lawrence

    April 21, 2006


    April 18, 2006

    1. Is Desoto County Board of Education asleep at the wheel?
    Peggy Dean

    2. April Signals Child Abuse Prevention Month; Vacaville Honors National Campaign
    Paula LeDoux

    3. My Story
    Kami Payne

    4. Crossville (TN) minister arrested for sexual battery
    WVLT -TV,

    April 15, 2006

    1. Getting a handle on unruly kids as easy as 1, 2, 3

    2. Charge against teacher dropped after prosecutor's test

    April 12, 2006

    1. Joey Aletriz, 1989 - 2006
    Beaten and suffocated at SummitQuest Academy; No charges will be filed in teen's death. See:

    2. Initial autopsy: Restrained teen was suffocated See:

    3. Martin Lee Anderson, 1992-2006 EDITORIAL: State-sanctioned abuse, St. Petersburg Times, See:

    April 5, 2006

    Life and death in a Florida boot camp:
    The story of Martin Lee Anderson (1992-2006).

    WARNING: Contains live footage of the fatal beating of a teenager. Do not play the video section if children are present.


    March 31, 2006

    1) 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


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

    3) Ban the corporal punishment of children, EDITORIAL, The Manila Times, March 31, 2006

    4) Parents ask for school paddling to stop,, March 30, 2006

    5) Teacher facing charges again for throwing student,, March 30, 2006

    6) Father charged; Admits slapping 6-year-old son, The Record-Courier, March 29, 2006 at

    March 27, 2006

    SEE: Baby-whipping books
    Message to PTAVE List from Susan Lawrence at


    SEE: "Dead child's mom sought discipline tips; Lynn Paddock ordered books by a minister and his wife that recommended using pipe to spank kids" at

    SEE: "Spanking a sore subject in Arlington; Town split over upcoming vote," at http://

    SEE: "Spanking horrors detailed; Ex-headmaster's arrest opens old wounds, say former Morris students" at

    March 26, 2006

    Ohio Couple Loses Custody of 11 Children:

    • They Used Attachment Therapy and "Nancy Thomas Parenting"
    • "Tight Structure" with Cages & Alarms
    • Parents and Therapist Still Face Criminal Charges


    March 15, 2006

    Re: Survey by Tennessee Representative Beth Harwell

    Dear Representative Harwell,

    Item #15 on your survey asks:

    "Would you favor increasing the penalty for a first-time conviction of aggravated cruelty to animals, from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony? (The penalty for a Class A misdemeanor is not more than 11 months/29 days, or a fine not to exceed $2,500 or both. The penalty for a Class E felony is 1-6 years, with possible fines up to $3,000.)

    Yes__________ No___________"

    Speaking as one who is appalled by cruelty to animals, I was pleased to see your interest in the subject. However, I did not see anything addressing aggravated cruelty to children. This link best explains my disappointment with the omission. See I welcome your comments and suggestions which I will be happy to share with our readers.

    J. Riak

    See earlier messages at Guideposts Archive

    Still earlier messages at

    Please me to Project NoSpank's mailings.

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