Sunday, December 02, 2007

Spanking Is Different From Whooping

Just so you know.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee mother claims she recorded a conversation in which a teacher admits to spanking her son, reports.

“He had told me that she whooped him with the ruler because he wouldn’t do his work,” Meriam Thomas said of her son, who claims he was hit in the head, back and stomach at Riverview Elementary School in Memphis.

“They never knew I was recording. I had my phone in my pocket and had it on record.”

Spanking is a violation of Memphis School System policy.

Thomas confronted the teacher and principal. During the recording, she is heard saying: “I’m here to find out what’s going on with my child. She whooped my child.”

A voice responds: “I didn’t whoop your child. I spanked him.”


Phyllis S said...

In southern-speak, there is a difference between 'whoopin' and spanking.

Anonymous said...

yeah. but that is besides the point. She was upset her child was hit/spanked/whooped, whatever. No matter what the word you use... the teacher should not have done this.

Must we all become lawyers to get our point across?

The teacher's reply not only does not help the parent, but indicates no concern what so ever. And it's very facetious.

If I had gotten this retort from a teacher after she "spanked" my child with a ruler, I would press charges. But be reasonable and explain the situation, I would listen and probably side with the teacher.

Teachers do not gainsay parents in discipline. By doing so and not telling the parent - having the parent find out later - well, that would make me very angry indeed.

Anonymous said...

There may be a difference, but both are disgusting and evil. Any teacher that hist (whoops or spanks) a child ought to be thrown out of the job and never allowed near a child again.