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Spanking draws national attention
Houston County Courier - August 2008
By Daphne Hereford
The spanking of a three-year-old Crockett boy at a public school was highlighted in both a CBS Evening News report that aired on Wednesday, Aug. 20 and an Associated Press International story released on the same day.
The report said that according to a study conducted by Human Rights Watch indicated that blacks, American Indians and children with disabilities received a disproportionate share of the punishment and that Texas and Mississippi accounted for about 40 percent of the children paddled
In the news interview the boy's mother, Heather Porter, said her son had been paddled with a board while attending a pre-school class.
The AP story said Mrs. Porter was startled to hear her son had been spanked at school and that the school had not notified her of the action.
Crockett Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Bill Like said under the advise of the district's attorney, Wayne Haglund, of Lufkin, he could not make a comment.
As of press time Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21, the Courier was unable to reach Mrs. Porter for a comment.
The general focus of both the CBS and AP story was corporal punishment in schools throughout the United States.
The report indicated that corporal punishment was administered to about 233,000 students in 2007.