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Misrepresentation by Some Of My Corporal Punishment Statement in Forum

By Robb Arnold


September 26, 2022

I would like to take the time to respond and clarify my public candidate statement in the recent KRBD forum [AVAILABLE ONLY ON FACEBOOK] as well as a recent op-ed posted in Sit-News. We were asked, due to a recent change in a school districts policy in Missouri that reenacted corporal punishment, if we agreed or disagreed with that.

My response was somewhat misrepresented by some, and I would like to explain.

As I stated, I grew up in a public school system that had corporal punishment. From first grade on I was slapped, hair and ear pulled, scratched, by teachers, paddled and swatted by the principle. As I got older, I received rulers across the back of my hands and head, the teachers up to seventh and eighth grade would use paddles in class, after school, I would go home and receive a belting from my dad or mom. I do not think this helped me, it gave me a strong indication of boundaries in society but made me rebel more and disrespect authority.

I would not wish this on any students, in our schools and I am totally against teachers using paddling in anyway shape or fashion. The recent situation at our high school is something we all disagree with and if a teacher mishandles our students, we should call for accountability and investigation of the matter.

The parents need to discipline, but not so much punitive, but become more involved in our schools and find out how they can help their kids. Encouragement and leadership will help. The teachers and administration need a review of disciplinary tools and brainstorm added ways to help student achieve their academic goals. An out-of-control class is very distractive to students and to the teacher. I know because I have been a substitute teacher and help with our local AWANA club.

Please be assured that I will, if elected to the school board, do all I can to assist you and the teacher with achievement and encouragement, facilitating tools and options for our school district.

Robb Arnold
Ketchikan, Alaska



Related Viewpoint:

letter Candidates Asked If They Would Ever Consider Corporal Punishment in the Ketchikan School District By Keenan Sanderson


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Received September 26, 2022 - Published September 26, 2022



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