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Don't confuse abuse with discipline

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM


With regard to the report that the 'Youth ministry is still not ready to outlaw corporal punishment' (Gleaner, May 11, 2015), I agree that it is not yet widely accepted that corporal punishment should leave the home, and to do this by force would provoke the anger and resentment of a lot of people and further disrupt families.

However, corporal punishment has no place in schools.

There is a broad line between discipline and abuse. Discipline takes time to study the process intellectually, be prepared to handle misbehaviour, and develop a pattern of appropriate responses without resorting to hitting.

Abuse is something resulting from the emotions. Many children know how to shake off abuse (intentional or accidental) and return to normal. Some do not. And, many people who abuse children don't know what they are doing.


Montego Bay, St James