Archive for Saturday, January 14, 2012

100 years ago: School principal cleared of assault and battery after whipping student

January 14, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 14, 1912:

  • "Miss Ruth Scott, principal of Pinckney school, was this afternoon acquitted of the charge of assault and battery on the person of Gaddas Curby, a pupil of her school. When Justice J. B. Wilson reached his conclusion a cheer broke from the court room evidencing the hearty approval of those who heard the case.... Judge Wilson pointed out that the relation of the child to the teacher is the duplicate of that of the child to the parent and held that under such relationship corporal punishment was just and necessary, sometimes, provided it was administered for the proper motive, was not excessive and that no permanent injuries resulted. The case is the outcome of a whipping that Gaddas Curby received at Pinckney school toward the latter part of December. Miss Scott [had been] charged with assault and battery on a complaint sworn out by J. T. Curby, father of the boy."
  • "The Journal-World has decided to make an effort to test the presidential preferences of the voters of Douglas county. Ballots will be printed starting Monday and the votes can be sent to this office. The names of all candidates on the Republican or Democratic tickets will be printed. The Socialists have no conspicuous candidate, but a space will be left for the writing of a suggestion for that party and also for the prohibitionists. Get ready to do your voting. It is free for all. If you do not find the name of your favorite on the ballot write it on."
  • "Observations at the Lowell observatory in Flagstaff show that the Martian Canal Titan has doubled since six weeks ago.... This doubling of certain Martian canals at certain seasons is one of the proofs held to support the theory that the canals are of artificial construction."


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

"This doubling of certain Martian canals at certain seasons is one of the proofs held to support the theory that the canals are of artificial construction."

I quite often think about how many of the things that are generally accepted to scientific fact today will be thought of with amusement by future generations.

For instance, at one time it was scientifically proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that travel at the incredible speed of a mile a minute (60 mph) could never be attained because the resulting vibrations would fracture almost every bone in the human body.

Tony Kisner 6 years, 5 months ago

If you rode in my first car you might believe the theory too. Well except for down hill then it would really go.

PDeverit 6 years, 5 months ago

"The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined" by Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker

I wouldn't call a time when there were "whites" and "colored" signs on drinking fountains, restrooms, and restaurants, when domestic violence was nobody's business, when child sexual abuse by clerics "didn't happen" , when special needs kids were simply "mongoloid children" the "good ol' days".

"I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words ... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise [disrespectful] and impatient of restraint." – Hesiod, 8th century BC

Sunny Parker 6 years, 5 months ago

Teachers are not shown respect today. Parents are not teaching their kids to respect their elders and that is the problem!

SpicePirate 6 years, 5 months ago

I think G.C.'s parents aught to be whipped for naming him Gaddas.

PDeverit 6 years, 5 months ago

Still legal in 19 U.S. states:

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

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

PDeverit 6 years, 5 months ago

In light of Judge Adams video,

We often hear from those who fight to uphold this practice for those under the age of 18 (even to the blaming of the social maladies of the day on a supposed "lack" of it), but we rarely, if ever, find advocates for the return of corporal punishment to the general adult community, college campuses, inmate population, or military. Why is that?

Ask ten unyielding proponents of child/adolescent/teenage-only "spanking" about the "right" way to do it, and what would be abusive, indecent, or obscene, and you will get ten different answers.

These proponents should consider making their own video-recording of the "right way" to do it.

Visit Unlimited Justice or Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education to learn more.

Research/recommended reading:

Spanking Can Make Children More Aggressive Later

Spanking Kids Increases Risk of Sexual Problems

Use of Spanking for 3-Year-Old Children and Associated Intimate Partner Aggression or Violence

Spanking Children Can Lower IQ

Plain Talk About Spanking by Jordan Riak

The Sexual Dangers of Spanking Children by Tom Johnson

"Spanking" can be intentional or unintentional sexual abuse

Just a handful of those helping to raise awareness of why child/adolescent/teenage-only "spanking" isn't a good idea:

American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychological Association, Center For Effective Discipline, Churches' Network For Non-Violence, United Methodist Church Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Parenting In Jesus' Footsteps, Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment of Children, United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

PDeverit 6 years, 5 months ago

In 31 nations, child corporal punishment is prohibited by law (with more in process). In fact, the US was the only UN member that did not ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The US also has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

The US states with the highest crime rates, poorest academic performance, highest obesity rates and health problems, poorest economic ranking, and largest public welfare burdens are also the ones with the highest rates of child corporal punishment.

Of all the things prison inmates lacked in their upbringing, "spanking" certainly wasn't one of them.

There is simply no evidence to suggest that child/adolescent/teenage-only "spanking" instills virtue.

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