Writing as corporal punishment

I will not make students write the same sentence repeatedly.
I will not make students write the same sentence repeatedly.
Requiring misbehaving students to write sentences is corporal punishment, according to a Philadelphia-area school appropriately named Cramp Elementary.

The clash between using stern, “old-school” methods, which (Fred) Creel employed for seven years as disciplinarian, and teaching students to adopt “self-discipline,” favored by principal Adrienne Carpenter, came to a head yesterday at a raucous meeting of more than 60 parents.

Many parents demanded the return of Creel, who was transferred out of his post to a teaching position at Cramp in October after parents complained he made disruptive students write sentences such as “I will not hit or head-butt someone” 100 times.

Officials at Cramp, a 900-student kindergarten-through-fifth-grade school, decided the writing assignments were a form of corporal punishment, and corporal punishment is prohibited by the district.

Creel – who has worked 27 years at Cramp – also was accused of grabbing students and calling them names.

Yesterday, Creel said, “Never in my life have I gone after a child to hurt a child.” He said he did restrain children when they were fighting. And he said he never called children names, but told them: “We have no animals in school. Animals throw food. Animals spit food. Animals play with food. Animals open their mouths and show people what they’re eating.”

Parents complained student behavior has gone downhill since Creel was removed as assistant principal.

At several points, the meeting became a shouting match with lots of participants. Creel waded into the fray and quieted the crowd, using the same tactic that he uses with children: “One, hands up. Two, mouths closed.”

Even Bart Simpson has to write lines at school.

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