THE LAW: How it fails to protect children

  1. Court Rules for Teacher in Student Abuse Case, By Annie Youderian, Courthouse News Service, July 6, 2010

  2. Paddle & Shield, Tom Johnson's letter to the South Carolina Legislature, January 27, 2010

  3. Oregon child welfare officials repeatedly failed girl who was murdered, Susan Goldsmith, The Oregonian, January 27, 2010

  4. Pittsburgh police beat 18-year-old violinist, honor student, Matthew Newton, True/Slant, January 24, 2010

  5. State Actors Beating Children: A Call for Judicial Relief, Deana Pollard-Sacks, J.D., LL.M., Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law, August 20, 2008; Publication Pending, UC Davis Law Review, April, 2009

  6. Excerpt from "Banning Corporal Punishment: A Constitutional Analysis." , Deana Pollard-Sacks, American University Law Review, Volume 52, Number 2, December 2002

  7. Disjointed or Double-Jointed? Corporal Punishment Permitted in Missouri Public Schools vs. Corporal Punishment Prohibited by State Policy, Stephen Blower, January 2003

  8. Crossed signals, Mixed messages - One court calls it child abuse, another calls it normal. , Editor

  9. Our children don't deserve to be beaten, Lucien X. Lombardo, November 17, 2002

  10. A study on double standards: When kids kill, it's a crime; when they die, it's an accident, Posted 9/10/01

  11. INGRAHAM v. WRIGHT: The return of old Jack Seaver, By Thomas J. Flygare   After reading Attorney Flygare's essay, it will be difficult or impossible for the thoughtful reader to conceive of a decision rendered by the Supreme Court of the Unites States that could be more retrograde, costly and irresponsible than the one in Ingraham v. Wright. Justice Powell, it seems, applied the ultimate seal of approval to pupil-beating and defined children's status, for many years to come, as being little more than that of chattels.

  12. In the Eyes of the Law, Kids Are a Little Bit Less Than 'Persons', By Laura Mansnerus, The New York Times on the Web, April 29, 1998

  13. MAINE: Corporal punishment defined   Editorial, Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, March 1, 2000

  14. Offensive assault definition -- What distinguishes caress from slap in the face?   Bill Williamson's commentary on the Maine Supreme Court's decision, Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel March 3, 2000

  15. Jordan Riak's letter to editors of Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, March 3, 2000

  16. Texas: No justice for schoolchildren   Judge Bell exonerates the perpetrator, punishes the victim

  17. Teachers beating students in Dallas, By Howard M. Rosenstein, Attorney at Law

  18. Beatings, rape and suicide at 17   The Experience of a Child in a Texas Prison Told by the victim's father

  19. District attorney's office responds to the mother of a schoolchild explaining why a dangerously abusive teacher will not be prosecuted.

  20. H.R. 1522   A [failed] Bill to "...prohibit the use of corporal punishment or the infliction of bodily pain against students in all educational institutions which receive Federal educational funds...," E1032--CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-- March 21, 1991, introduced By Hon. Major R. Owens (New York)

  21. Janet Reno's dangerous endorsement of violent child rearing By Norm Lee, February 2000   This article, revised here by the author, first appeared in The Current, December 1993.

  22. Clinton gets tough on child killers, By Robert Burns, The Associated Press, December 29, 1998   Dead children everywhere will surely appreciate this bold move on their behalf.

    See additional related materials in section "BOOT CAMP FOR KIDS: TORTURING TEENAGERS FOR FUN AND PROFIT."

    For articles about maltreated children in locked residential facilities, see files marked with L on The Newsroom.

  23. Children's rights under the law, By Hillary Clinton   In this article, written in 1973, Ms. Clinton pointed out, with uncanny prescience, that "...The causes of younger children have not fared well, partly because [their] representatives have loyalties diluted by conflicts between children's rights and their own institutional and professional goals."

  24. Model child-protection legislation

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