How Federal Government Made Schools Less Safe for Students

When I was in school, corporal punishment a was standard procedure for many schools. Yes, there were some problems in schools, some more than other, but nothing like what you see today. If a student got out of line, teachers were allowed to spank and depending upon the teacher, that was a good deterrent.

My sixth-grade teacher was a former baseball pitcher who stood about 6 feet 4 and still had a heck of a pitching arm. When he swatted you, it would lift you off the ground. I know, because I experienced it twice but swore never again. What was worse is that after he swatted you, depending on one’s offense, the principal also swatted you and she also swung a mean paddle. In my case and the case of some of my friends, when we got home, we also got spanked by our parents, in my case, my dad.

Let me tell you, knowing you could face three sets of spankings for one offense proved to be a good deterrent.

Then liberals moved in and declared spanking or swats to be cruel and abusive treatment, ending corporal punishment in most schools. According to some teacher friends of mine, that was the end of school discipline.

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A good friend of mine was an elementary teacher for many years, but ended up taking early retirement after one of his students pulled a knife from his pocket and tried to stab him. What made my friend retire is that the student was back in the classroom before he was. The school did virtually nothing to discipline the boy because they were afraid of the consequences, thanks to liberals.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the federal government stepped in and instituted policies that only made the situation worse in many of America’s schools and a new report explains:

“How safe are students in school?”

“The answer is: We don’t know. What the public is told about school safety, some believe, is intentionally misleading. Project Baltimore explored why the United States government’s push to improve school discipline could be having the opposite effect.”

“‘I think that it’s becoming a national epidemic,’ says Max Eden of the Manhattan Institute, a center-right think tank. He says our schools are becoming increasingly more violent, but you wouldn’t know it. He considers school safety data ‘fake,’ saying, ‘The cure is worse than the disease’.”

“Nationwide, 28 percent of U.S. students in grades 6-12 have experienced bullying, according to federal data. In some cases, it starts even younger.”

The reason schools falsify the data or decline to take appropriate action is based upon the grading and reputation of the school, which also determines the amount of funding the school gets.

The same report revealed that a second-grade girl had been physically bullied and assaulted at school. The girl’s parents took her to the emergency room where her injuries were consistent with an assault. The girl’s pediatrician sent a letter to the school, claiming the school was not a safe place or provided proper safety for their students. The family even filed a police report.

However, even with statements from the emergency room, pediatrician and police, the school responded by saying that there was insufficient evidence to prove the girl had been subjected to any intimidation or bullying and therefore, took no disciplinary action nor did they document the attack.

The study indicates that this type of response to reported incidents are common in schools all across the nation and that it is all do to the programs instituted by the federal government to try to reduce school violence. Due to the pressure the government has placed on schools, they are actually making schools less safe for students because schools don’t want these incidents on their records.


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R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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