A Leeds Elementary School parent was upset after receiving a letter asking about corporal punishment. Source: WBRC video
LEEDS, AL (WBRC) -
One Leeds parent has started a petition to have corporal punishment banned in schools.
State law says that corporal punishment can be used in schools with parents' consent. Wendy Chandler, the woman who started the petition, is asking Congress to ban corporal punishment in schools.
Chandler did not want to go on camera, but feels strongly that corporal punishment can damage a child's development and self-esteem.
Chandler started this push after she received a letter from Leeds Elementary School in August that asked parents for permission to use corporal punishment on their children. The letter had a box for "Yes" or "No" and Chandler says she checked "No." She still believes the fact that state law in Alabama and 18 other states allowing schools to use it is wrong.
She started her petition at Change.org and more than 1,000 people have signed it. It asks Congress to reconsider a House bill that would ban corporal punishment in schools nationwide.
Leeds Superintendent John Moore sent FOX6 this statement:
"Our school board, like most in Alabama, maintains a policy which allows for corporal punishment. Parents are free to check "yes" or "no" on the permission form as to their preference. We always respect the preference of parents on this issue. An overwhelming majority of parents in Leeds have indicated corporal punishment is an acceptable form of discipline for their child."