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  • Someone Should Paddle the Trinity D.A.

    Filed at 10:53 am under by dcobranchi

    Back in April, Daryl blogged about Justin Cousby, an 11-year old who was beaten with a paddle by his public school gym teacher. The original news report said, “Justin was paddled after a classmate tattled about him saying a derogatory remark toward an elementary coach. Justin showed how he was made to stand holding a chair.” Later it was revealed that Justin made the remark–he said the coach “sucked”–after the coach punished Justin for not keeping up with his classmates during a running drill. Justin is an asthmatic, something the coach either didn’t know or didn’t care about.

    Anyhow, since Daryl blogged about this story, officials in Trinity County, Texas, have gone the extra mile to exonerate the coach. School officials cleared the coach, saying his actions were consistent with Texas state law, which permit child abuse, er corporal punishment, at the sole discretion of the teacher. (Justin was hit by a teacher a few days later, even though his mother told the school never to use corporal punishment again; Texas permits schools to disregard parental wishes.)

    Justin’s mother swore out a criminal complaint against the coach, but the Trinity D.A. couldn’t be bothered. The law only protects adults, I suppose, never children. Justin’s mother ended up homeschooling him for the rest of the school year, because she said her son wasn’t safe in the public schools.

    This whole incident is crying out for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation. State officials conspired to assault an 11-year-old (at the time he was 10!) and than they refused to protect the child’s civil rights after the fact. Officials cannot claim they were acting in loco parentis, because the mother never authorized the use of corporal punishment. Even those of who you who support parental spanking cannot say that it’s acceptable for anyone–let alone a government official–to paddle your children until they bleed.

    I’ll say this much. If Justin were a black or Hispanic child, the DOJ would’ve brought down the wrath of God (er, John Ashcroft) on Trinity county officials. But Justin is a chubby white kid with asthma, and we all know that in the “socialized” world of g-schools, it’s acceptable to pick on–even beat up–those kids.

    5 Responses to “Someone Should Paddle the Trinity D.A.”


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 17th, 2004
    at 11:03 am

    Link?


    Comment by
    speedwell
    August 17th, 2004
    at 11:45 am

    I CAN’T SAY ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THIS. YOU’VE SAID IT ALL. (caps substituting for a piercing shriek of despair and frustration)


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    August 17th, 2004
    at 11:46 am

    Here’s one from July 24th:

    dallas...7.html


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 17th, 2004
    at 12:11 pm

    Is there something in the water in TX that makes these “parents” (and I use that term lightly) such sheep? Apparently, anything shy of lethal force is allowed. And, Skip is right, the DA should be taken behind the woodshed.


    Comment by
    Rikki
    August 17th, 2004
    at 10:14 pm

    Reason number 9thousandandsomething why I homeschool in Texas.

    This reminded me of a funny story with my son. He got a note sent home one day in second grade saying that he was put on “yellow” for saying a bad word. The word he of course had used was “sucks”. This wasn’t reported by the person he said it to, which was a friend of his, but by a passing teacher that overheard the two of them having a conversation in the hallway.

    The only comment that I had for the entire matter was “Oh, that’s all he said? Whew!”. But then again, I’m kinda bad like that. :p

    I was paddled in front of a class in 7th grade for calling my teacher a bastard. When it was over I said I was sorry for saying it, but I still thought he was a bastard. That got me a week of in-school suspension.heh.