The story is a woman was fired for reporting a corporal punishment incident to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service.
White woman claims she was fired for reporting spanking wins $200K
The story tries to focus on a racial divide, and indeed, the main story does appear to be a discrimination case.
I want to focus on the story within the story.
When it comes to abuse, Schandelmeier-Bartels is probably more sensitive than most. She has worked with the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and in 1996, she coordinated a video for the organization that got global attention. "I don't believe in ever spanking or hitting a child no matter what," she told me.
Right. No spanking or hitting of a child, no matter what. Instead, punishment is left to the police. Tasers, after all, aren't "hitting".
But tasers are a last resort! Probably. In the prelude years to high school run-ins with the law, trouble makers are kept safe in padded rooms.
I pulled this photo from a local paper. It is the punishment room for a local government school.
"Time out" in a Skinner box.
You've been a kid once. Which would you prefer? A spanking that stings a bit, and then it's done? Or a couple hours banished from society in a padded room? Which is better for a developing self-esteem?