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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus


Ohio House members asked to ban corporal punishment in schools

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2009

In a letter to central Ohio's delegation to the Ohio House of Representatives today, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus urged support for Am. HB 26.

The legislation would ban corporal punishment in Ohio schools. The letter was sent to:

The letter was sent in response to an action alert issued by the League of Women Voters of Ohio. The full text of the letter follows:

On behalf of the board of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and our hundreds of members across central Ohio, I urge you to support Am. HB 26.

The League of Women Voters has long promoted the well-being of all children, encouraging their full development and ensuring their safety. Opponents of corporal punishment, including the League, have urged lawmakers for several years to ban corporal punishment in Ohio’s schools. 

The League urges you to recognize that corporal punishment has no place in 21st century schools and should be eliminated. Corporal punishment inflicts physical, mental, and emotional harm to children in a school setting, which should ensure the safety of all children. The State of Ohio has already banned corporal punishment in child care facilities, foster homes, and institutions for children. It should also be banned in Ohio schools. Over 600 school districts in Ohio and all Catholic schools are currently educating students without using corporal punishment. Only six school districts in Ohio have policies that support corporal punishment. Corporal punishment is not necessary. There are a number of successful and safe strategies that schools can use to help students control their behavior. 

Twenty-nine states and over 100 countries have banned corporal punishment. Forty-seven Ohio organizations support this ban, including the Children’s Defense Fund, the Ohio Association of School Nurses, the Ohio PTA, and the American Academy of Pediatrics-Ohio Branch.

Vote yes on Am. HB 26. Thank you for your consideration of the League’s request, and for your service to the citizens of central Ohio.