Unlimited Justice; should U.S. teachers be allowed to hit students?

March 8, 2011
  • In all 50 states it is illegal to hit a prisoner
  • In all 50 states it is illegal to hit someone in the military
  • In all 50 states it is illegal to hit an animal

But in 20 states in America, it is still legal for educators to hit or paddle students in schools.  What do you think about this?  Visit http://unlimitedjustice.com/ for more info.




  1. KalyeSound on March 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

    hahaha…. it’s bad!

  2. thegluelpfan on March 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Violence is never the answer…especially in school.Hitting students is not the way to teach them to behave or to do whatever.How is this teaching?Those people that call themselves teachers were hired to be role models of sorts,to be understanding and helpful,not to beat you up in class in order to teach you how to behave properly.It is very sad indeed that prisoners get better treatment then kids.

  3. bianca on March 12, 2011 at 2:48 am

    A couple of months ago I read a story about a girl that got paddled (in alabama) because her prom dress was too short. Im sorry, but how does that make sense, other than to satisfy some principals perversions? no one has the right to hit my kids. It’s barbaric and it’s been proven time and time again to be completely ineffective. The american school system is broken and it’s not getting fixed by beating the crap out of its victims.

  4. ginprozac on March 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    My mother is a theacher, she jubilated a month ago and she used to complain about the students behavior how rude they are, how aphatetic they are and how sociopathic they are. A long time ago in Mexico, teachers were allowed to hit students and their behavior were better than today. Nowadays theacher´s in Mexico had no power, no authority and the students parents are a bunch of incompetent people who cover or justify their kids bad behavior, besides goverment uses them as a scapegoat for all the failures in the education system. I don´t think violence is the solution, because a bad student or kid is the result of bad parents. Goverments should be more aware of bad parenting.

  5. simona93 on March 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Seriously, WHAT?? I mean, Czech Republic with all that World War 2 sh… things and forced comunism right after that (from which it’s still recovering) have had a law against teachers hiting students for AGES. Yes, there may be some problems with the kids hitting and bullying teachers, but conversed violence is NEVER an answer. There are tons of other solutions psychologists and people like that can tell you.

  6. whosmurry on March 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t see why it’s even up for debate. Absolutely, schools should not allow corporal punishment. No question. And parents who hit their kids should have those kids taken away. Hitting a dog doesn’t help it learn not to piss on the carpet. Positive reinforcement in the only effective form of discipline.

  7. mikeecem on March 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    The people can self betterment. The people aren’t loving each other. Problem is here. i’m not living in America but violence is same everywhere.

    firstly, we have education in our family and after have education in our school. Teachers are always say ” u are our future ” but they are not act like human. it’s a crying shame! we must terminate this !

    Last, you are so sensetive a person, thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. brysislupin on March 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I dont agree with violence!! In any kinda! We´re human beings and we´re supossed to love and support eachothers but ppl seem to forget that constantly…

  9. evik90 on March 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

    i don’t know the amarican laws, i just heard they are quite strict. but in my country it’s forbidden to physically punish students. currently kids uses this law – they’re rude and mentally and even physically attack their teachers… in the past it was allowed to slap those bad students and everything was ok, kids respected them. so i think a little slap (not abuse) could be allowed…

  10. lorenalp on March 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I can’t believe it! this is horrible! We’re living in the 21st century and this is still allowed?

  11. Claudia B. on March 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Physical punishment especially for a kid might cause some serious trauma in later life. It doesn’t matter where at school or at home. If kids are really that disobeying they should have other kind of punishments like having their parents called to school or having to clean all blackboards or something like that. What I don’t understand is that it’s illegal to hit prisoners, animals but legal to hit kids. Does that mean that kids are like the “lower race”? Kids should be taught (& punished if needed)in more humanitarian ways.

    Of course there’s a problem with students hitting teachers but that’s a problem that comes out more from their families, friends and / or violent video games.

  12. valkriz on March 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    nope. Not okay at all, not only will it have its negative effects on the kids – it can also encourage some teachers to abuse this authorization and use fear to do whatever they want. My chinese teachers used to hit us hard when we get failing grades, they called it discipline but there was no positive effect whatsoever. One classmate of mine even peed on her uniform because the teacher was hitting her with a stick while she was told to squat for not being able to memorize stuff from our recitation. But despite that, she still didn’t manage to memorize it. It’s useless torture.

  13. traunguyen on March 9, 2011 at 8:06 am

    one day, the was a mom was hitting her child and that kid thought: “I can hit her, i can beat her! Why can’t i? I can do it!”…

    Hitting just creates their tendency to violence…

  14. jowa96 on March 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

    In my opinion should not be so! In my country for such an act a teacher can lose his job and get a reprimand for the mistreatment of students.

  15. larissaevelynrm on March 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

    wow that absurd !!

  16. kim7huang on March 9, 2011 at 6:43 am

    They are losers when they hit students.
    Btw,what happened ?

  17. linkinparkforever275 on March 9, 2011 at 6:27 am

    teachers should be punished for that.

  18. eugeniax on March 9, 2011 at 6:20 am

    In the place where I live teachers may hit students or each other.) And sometimes students hit teachers.) About animals… I love them, sometimes more than I love people, because animals are more polite than people. That’s my opinion.

  19. Misty on March 9, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I am not sure this issue warrants so much attention. The photographs shown seem to be of children abused by educators and those people must be brought to task for that. Since I work in the school system, I come across so many children who are completely out of hand. Behavior modification techniques and scientific methods don’t work for them. Educators are at a loss for doing anything. These are the children who in future will become delinquents. What will we do then?
    I am definitely against abusing anyone, animals or humans. But a little discipline never hurt anyone.

  20. faris255 on March 9, 2011 at 5:57 am

  21. anaaugustalp on March 9, 2011 at 5:20 am

    You can not hit anyone and not on animals. This is lack of respect! Here in Brazil this kind of thing is Federal crime.

  22. aravind221 on March 9, 2011 at 3:52 am

    cool mike 🙂 mike please do try ( leave out all the rest ur your ms.s remix intro / new divide ) as a opening song 🙂

  23. lode1989 on March 9, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Some students hit the teachers… What about that?

  24. adiek84 on March 9, 2011 at 1:01 am

    The USA and human rights…neverending story! There’s so much wrong with your country, concerning human rights, that it needs a serious reboot in that area.
    Thanks for posting this video, I will definitely reblog it.
    If anyone would lay hands on my child, with a paddle or whatever else, I would make sure, they’d loose said hands. “Accidents” can happen…

  25. tinalein76 on March 9, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I think it’s cruel, too bad it comes only with violence …

  26. dorito82 on March 9, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I support this 100 percent.

  27. tensh_iie on March 8, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Hey Mike,
    thanks for posting this. I’m not from the US and I didn’t even know that this is actually still happening. It’s bad and I’m sad to see that so many things are forbidden but it’s allowed to hit/slap/paddle kids in school. I mean come on. The world is so foward thinking and wants to be so sozial and stuff but hitting kids in school is okay? I just know here in Germany you’re not allowed to do it and it’s a very good rule.
    I know why people did it back then and I know that for some kids it would be a very good idea but still… I really thought we’ve overcome that. Seems like we didn’t. I hope this will change…
    Thank you for sharing, Mike!

  28. Jake on March 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I usually only read your blog, but this…. I support this, even though I’m not in the US.

  29. silentchaos11 on March 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I agree with you Mike and support this campaign. Hitting children in school is no circumstance justified. Pain does not teach a child a lesson it only creates anger which will lead to further bad actions.

  30. sagback on March 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    there is nothing conceivable ..you are wasting your Child ! child is blessed !

  31. Alexandra Nofi on March 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    About 8 months after I had been working in a preschool, I witnessed one of my co-workers man-handle one of her students (Here in CT, it’s illegal). I immediately approached her about it, and let her know that if I ever saw this behavior again, I was going straight to the director. To the best of my knowledge, at least while I was still working there, she never man-handled a child again.

    Aside from the fact that striking a child is downright cruel, children don’t develop common sense until around age 10. Hitting doesn’t teach them anything. If you believe you need to hit a child to “teach them a lesson”, then, you are a terrible teacher, and a terrible person.

  32. ktacaceres on March 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I’m gonna be a teacher of English in 2 more years, so it’s important for me to give my opinion here lol. Well, thanks God this is illegal in Chile (one thing is that’s illegal but justice doesn’t work well here). This kind of discipline is part of “behaviorism” which in the Chilean educational system doesn’t work anymore(that’s what the new system is about). Unfortunately there are some old teachers who think that this kind of discipline is gonna work on children. Most of these kind of teachers don’t like or don’t love their jobs as teachers (thanks god I love it!). Of course I hate this kind of teachers who I call them bastards…I’ll be a teacher because I love this job =)

  33. oldwisehippie on March 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Been in catholic schools in the 60’s? Ouch, owww, yikes, smack……..

  34. rayanlenox on March 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Don’t get me wrong: I do not appreciate violence, but there are individuals who just don’t understand the other language but punishment. Sure there must be limits. But at some point America became a prisoner of its own democracy. There is a group of people who just don’t follow common moral and legal laws and don’t matter how hard you will try to convince them, they just don’t listen because they are beyond our social values. You can call the physiologist or whoever you want, punishment remains the only way to control them for the sake of the other people. And it must start at school. On the other hand, some teachers don’t know when to stop. That’s the problem, not punishment itself.

  35. acindycreation on March 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I am undecided on this issue. I don’t think this is the right type of ‘discipline’ however back in the old days, if you were sent to the principals office you learned your lesson with a warning. Today, there are some kids out of control. Some parents just don’t care and let the kids run wild. It’s a tough issue, but if it were my kid I wouldn’t want anyone to use that type of punishment. I feel that if kids are disciplined at home (and i don’t mean spanking) then that would alleviate some of these problems.

  36. brownie3794 on March 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Wait!its illegal to hit a prisoner in a 50 states…. are you kidding me! Thats crazy. And hitting kids with a paddle or any object is 100% wrong, and i dont like that. I couldn’t be in one of those schools where they do that. Not that I’m a bad kid, but come on thats messed up. If a teach were to hit me, I would have to get BLACK up in there! LMAO! haha. OH and the concert in madison square garden was awesome btw 🙂

  37. vickykun on March 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I think that´s a crime. Children should never; I Said, NEVER be beaten by teachers.

    What´s wrong with the world? We actually have to Do something about it. I mean it.
    Physical pain is serious. That´s not the right way to deal with students.
    C´mon… That´s not right at all.
    Imagine that Mike: Imagine if someone of your family was beaten by a teacher.
    Really not nice;.;

    Thanks for sharing this

  38. supriyahearts on March 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    normally i agree with your posts mike. but im gonna have to respectfully disagree. i think with some restraints that corporal punishment can be successful. there are way too many out of control kids out there. the cases of bruising and such are only extreme, and its obvious someone abused their power in those cases. i think if the parents consent to the punishment then it can be very successful.

  39. bumblebee73 on March 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    ..I will never complain about italian schoolish..so sad what you say Mike..

  40. betty108 on March 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    It should definitely be illegal for students to be hIt by an educator. Better yet, hitting a student should be illegal everywhere in the world. Location doesn’t matter; students should be able to go to school without the fear of being abused.
    Aren’t schools supposed to teach their students about acceptable conduct in society? Abusing of a student is definitely not acceptable.

  41. kathyxx on March 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    It’s been firmly established in psychological science that physical pain does not have the right effects on someone’s psychology. Any “improvement” in behavior will be for the wrong reasons, and as soon as the threat of punishment is gone they’ll just regress. In other words, they aren’t truly learning the lesson intended to be taught, whereas there are alternative methods that will.

    There’s been a lot of science done on this already. Unfortunately, I’ve seen a bunch of troglodytes that think since *they* turned out fine, their children will (but seem to be unaware that they’re troglodytes). Scientists >>>>>>> Parent’s “Instincts”

  42. Andrew Leezan on March 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Awesome!Punch em!

  43. Rana LP addict on March 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I think it’s baaaad …

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