The Drs: Physical Punishment Forced On Second Graders
The Doctors kicked off their show by talking about the consequences one school in Texas put in place that has one mom furious. After missing a math assignment, Margie Wallace says her second grader told her the football coach made him and 10 other kids run laps around the track while holding heavy medicine balls, and then log-rolling four times across the football field, ending with 40 push-ups. Some students were throwing up on the field and Margie’s son had to go to the doctor. She said the school never notified her that her son was being punished, so she had to learn about it from her 12-year-old the next day.
Margie joined The Doctors via Polycom and shared that her son, Jackson, is doing fine, but he had a lot of nausea, vertigo, and allergies from rolling in the dirty grass, which led to a sinus infection. He’s now on antibiotics.
The Drs: Corporal Punishment In Schools?
Dr Travis Stork said he assumed the intent wasn’t for the kids to undergo corporal punishment, but in certain states it could be, which is illegal. Dr Jim Sears said if an adult was undergoing the punishment, they would know when they would need to stop, whereas kids could over-do it, like Jackson did. Dr Stork said developing physical toughness is very different than forcing overexertion. He said you can develop physical toughness and endurance in a different way.
On the other side, it’s also unacceptable to withhold physical education or activities as a punishment. Dr Sears said oftentimes the ones not getting their assignments done are the ones that need recess the most. He said the punishment should be more schoolwork-related rather than having something to do with physical activity.
What would you do if you found out this happened to your child?