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One Tennessee mom is fighting back against the corporal punishment policy at her son's high school — but not for the reason you might think.
Misty Kilburn's son recently came home with a handwritten letter, alerting her to the fact that his construction trade teacher was planning to reinstate corporal punishment (a.k.a physical punishment) in his class at Lawrence County High School due to the students' bad behavior, local news station WSMV reports. After reading it, Kilburn was about to sign it: Tennessee is one of 19 states that still allows the use of corporal punishment in schools, and the hitting itself didn't bother her at all.
What did bother her, though, was what her son told her next: Apparently, the punishment was intended to be used on male students only. "The girls were sent into another classroom and the boys were the ones who had to write this out, and the girls were not to be included on the corporal punishment," she told WSMV.
Confused as to why the new rule applied to only one gender, Kilburn addressed the issue with the school's assistant principal. The assistant principal told her that the school had stopped paddling female students years ago.
For Kilburn, this is more than a simple school policy — this is an issue of sexism. But rather than appealing to the school to eradicate corporal punishment for all students, she's asking the school toadministerthe punishment to all students. "I believe they are dividing the females," the mother told WSMV. "This is 2019. We are all equal. Let's move away from that."
A spokesperson for the school told the news station she could neither confirm nor deny that a permission slip has gone out, but she would look into the incident. Until the school changes its boys-only policy, though, Kilburn tells WSMV that she refuses to sign the form. "It's like making the females a weaker sex," she told the news station."We are not weaker. We do the same jobs.
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