By Aaron Kesel
Three students at a Greenbrier, Arkansas high school were bizarrely punished with paddles after walking out of school to participate in the national walkout to protest against gun violence, The Hill reported.
According to multiple reports, the three students were given the choice between in-school suspension or corporal punishment, meaning paddling.
A parent of one of the students tweeted about the students’ choices, adding in a follow-up tweet that the students were swatted “two times on the bum with a wooden paddle.”
My kid and two other students walked out of their rural, very conservative, public school for 17 minutes today. They were given two punishment options. They chose corporal punishment. This generation is not playing around. #walkout
— Jerusalem Greer (@JerusalemGreer) March 14, 2018
District superintendent Scott Spainhour confirmed to local NBC affiliate KARK that three students had participated in the nationwide protests against gun violence.
The superintendent stated that students were punished for breaking rules in the school handbook, and not for protesting. Spainhour declined to tell NBC how they were punished.
Paddling is allowed at the school but requires parental approval, according to KARK.
Shockingly, corporal punishment or paddling is allowed in 22 states including Arkansas, according to NPR.
Wylie Greer, one of the students who was punished after walking out for the protest, told the Daily Beast that most students at the school were opposed to the idea of the protest.
Greer stated that after walking out, he and his peers were told they could “either suffer two ‘swats’ from a paddle or two days of in-school suspension.”
“All three of us chose the paddling, with the support of our parents,” Greer said.
“I believe that corporal punishment has no place in schools, even if it wasn’t painful to me. The idea that violence should be used against someone who was protesting violence as a means to discipline them is appalling,” Greer said. “I hope that this is changed, in Greenbrier, and across the country.”
It doesn’t matter whether you are against the gun protests or for the rallies; what truly holds substance is that students were just punished for what they personally believe in. Indoctrination has just hit a new level. Kids are often told to stand up for what they believe in, but taking action against them pushes the nanny state on students, teaching them only to obey. How is it such punishment can be allowed in 2018?
Whether it is installing cameras in school bathrooms in Colorado and elsewhere to “protect students” or paddling them as a disciplinary action for using their First Amendment the right to protest, it’s apparent that schools are becoming more like private prisons than institutions of learning.
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