The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 19, 1971, Page PAGE 2, Image 2

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    Legislature delays corporal punishment bill
After much heated debate
Thursday, the Legislature left
hanging the fate of a bill which
would outlaw corporal
punishment in Nebraska
schools.
LB 446, sponsored by Sens.
Ernie Chambers and Fern
Hubbard Orme, narrowly
escaped indefinite
postponement, but then was
left on the floor when the
Legislature adjourned before
voting on Chamber's motion to
advance the bill from general
file to enrollment and review.
SEN.: DUKE SNYDER
made the motion to kill the bill
bringing Chambers to his feet
with sharp words for the entire
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body. Snyder said he had voted
to advance the bill in the
Education Committee but had
since received numerous letters
from educators in his district
which made him change his
mind.
Snyder read from a letter
from the principal of Horace
Mann Junior High School in
Omaha, the Northside school
most often cited by Chambers
as a place where corporal
punishment is used heavily.
The letter defended
the authority of the school to
use corporal punishment and
said a recent Parent-Teacher
Association meeting showed
overwhelmingly that parents
are in favor of "spanking."
ANOTHER LETTER from
a Horace Mann counselor said
the "issue is not one of
paddling, but of maintaining a
situtation conducive to
learning."
Snyder said many teachers
fear taking away corporal
punishment would force
teachers to expell students in
order to maintain discipline. A
letter from teachers at Horace
Mann, Snyder said, quoted a
poll which showed 86 per cent
of the teachers there favored
using corporal punishment
"until a better alternative
is found.
Chambers displayed paddles
about two feet long and one
inch thick which he said are
frequently used on students at
the junior high school. He
named several cases including
one in which he said a victim
of cerebral palsey had been
struck and another where a girl
was hit over the eye.
"VIOLENCE BEGETS
violence," the Omaha senator
said. "Schools should be
teaching reason instead of
aggression. A teacher who uses
corporal punishment is failing
in his job."
Chambers pointed to an
Omaha School Board policy
which prohibits the use of
corporal punishment unless the
consent of the parent is first
obtained. He added that
consent is rarely obtained and
that "the Omaha school board
is powerless to enforce their
own regulations."
Both the Omaha and
Lincoln school boards went on
record in ths committee
hearing as for the bill and
opposed to corporal
punishment.
"How can we expect to
teach respect for authority, law
and order if teachers violate
those very principles?"
Chambers asked.
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HE ADDED that students
had told him the beatings only
make them want to get back at
the teacher by "stoning,
beating or slashing tires on the
teacher's car."
Several senators spoke
against the bill citing personal
experience as -students or
reading letters from their
constituents. Sen. Wayne
Ziebarth asked Orme for time
to work out a compromise, but
the Lincoln senator rejected his
proposal.
Orme said teaching "is
degraded by this sort of
punishment, and what is more,
it is possible this kind of thing
causes more violence."
SEN. TERRY Carpenter
called the question and Snyder
asked for a roll call vote. The
motion to kill the bill then
failed 22-23-4.
The Legislature will
probably take up Chamber's
motion to advance the bill
again tomorrow.
The vote on the motion to
indefinitely postpone:
FOR: Burbach, Carpenter,
Carsten, Clark, Epke, Goodrich,
KIme, Klaver, Kokes, Kremer,
Lewis, Mahoney, Moylan, Nore,
Savage, Skarda, Snyder, Stull, Syas,
Waldo, Warner, Wiltse.
AGAINST: Barnett, Chambers,
Craft, DeCamp, Duls, Elrod,
Kennedy, Keyes, Luedtke, Maresh,
Marvel, . Morgan, Orme, Proud,
Schmit, Simpson, Stahmer,
STromer, Swanson, Waldron,
Wallway, Whitney, Ziebarth.
NOT VOTING: Carstens,
Hasebroock, Holmquist, Johnson.
City registration
ends March 26
Anyone who plans to vote
in the Lincoln city primary
elections in April must register
by 6 p.m. March 26, according
to Dean Petersen, Lancaster
County Election
Commissioner.
Petersen said registration
would be at his office in the
basement of the County-City
building. For state and national
elections registration offices
are set up around the city, he
said.
But he added that interest
in city elections had not been
high enough in the past to
make extra offices necessary.
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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 1971