There’s no doubt about it – the youth of today has little to no respect for authority whatsoever. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve seen some mouthy teenager take advantage of the fact that they can basically do whatever they want, and there is nothing anyone can legally do to stop them. There is one solution to this problem that is consistently raised, and I’m sure every person who has to deal with young louts has come to the same conclusion: corporal punishment.
As it is, the law is horribly one-sided, allowing a minor to prosecute an adult because of any sort of physical contact regardless of whether it left a mark or not, and even in some cases allowing children to get teachers fired for no reason by claiming that they’re a paedophile, despite the fact that there is no supporting evidence. However, children can effectively get away with murder (not an exaggeration if this is passed), and some actively abuse this legal mishap regularly, using it to vandalize property and assault random people, even police officers. So then surely, it’s not hard to understand why people want to even the odds a little, and give themselves a little more social power so they aren’t at the mercy of other people’s children.
There is, however, much controversy surrounding this. On one hand, it’s no secret that children have a pack-like mentality which places the strongest person in their social circle as the ‘alpha male/female’, meaning that if it were legal to hit them, as adults we’d be demonstrating superiority and as a result, they would show more respect. On the flip-side, however, it’s very easy to see how this could be abused. My personal opinion, then, is that corporal punishment should be re-introduced to parents, schools and anyone acting in self-defense or defense of their own property, but some of the restraining laws should be kept in case things get out of hand.
I generally like to keep an open mind, but honestly, I fail to understand why there are people who reject corporal punishment completely. I sat down and read an article by the Daily Mail, claiming that smacking or shouting at your children ‘raises their risk of cancer, heart disease and asthma later in life’ (which, incidentally, is what caused me to write this). Having read through it, I can’t help but feel it’s an inconclusive test. How did they reach their conclusion? It almost seems to me like they’re making excuses, but I can’t understand why anyone would do that. If you’ve worked in a shop, you know how annoying it is when rowdy teenagers storm in and immediately start hurling abuse, making noise and generally ignoring people’s rights for no logical reason. You can’t eject them from the store, because that’s assault. You can’t tell them to leave, because they won’t listen. You just have to deal with it, and that’s annoying. The idea that stress related illnesses can be caused by corporal punishment is, for me at least, negated by the fact that not being able to deal with these kids causes much more stress for a much longer amount of time.
I’d be interested to see what people’s opinions on this matter are. If you have anything to add, if you oppose the idea of corporal punishment, or if you have a story to tell about your experiences with unruly kids, feel free to leave a comment below. Make your voices heard.