The Supreme Court of Canada just issued its eagerly awaited ruling in a case testing the rights of children to be free from being hit.
Email from Nadine Block & Bob Fathman
January 31, 2004

Just after 10 a.m. this morning, the Court, in a 6 to 3 ruling [posted at: ] eliminated much hitting and spanking of children in that country. While the Court did not rule out all hitting of children, as has been done now in 11 European countries, the Court ruling now says: While Canadian advocates who requested a ruling outlawing any hitting of children are disappointed with this partial victory, U.S. advocates for children's rights say that the time is long overdue for Congress to enact a law outlawing school corporal punishment, which continues to be used in 22 states. Over 300,000 students in U.S. public schools are struck with boards each year, legally, by educators. Among all the developed countries in the world, Only the U.S. and Australia have failed to enact federal laws to end this practice. It has been banned in all Australian states except one, the desert outback Northern Territories.

For further info contact:

Nadine Block, Director, Center for Effective Discipline, Columbus Ohio 614-221-8829

Robert Fathman, Ph.D. , President, National [U.S.] Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools 614-798-0031 or 614-766-6688

Canadian Foundation for Children and Youth, 416-970-1633

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